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Claustrophobia #1


being pushed into

a subway car of

clothes and one

knife somewhere in

a pocket as doors shut





Claustrophobia #2


boys huddled in the back

of a dark cave waiting to

be heard by the world

over the rising water

of politics and personality





Claustrophobia #3 


pinned under a pile of

friends who lost

the ball and can’t

find the fathers

that they always wanted

Eric Machan Howd's fifth collection of poems, "Universal Monsters," was recently published by The Orchard Street Press (OH). His poems have also appeared in River City, Nimrod, The Decadent Review, and Caesura. He is currently working on an erasure project on gender expectations using a novella by the author H.P. Lovecraft.

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