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Clint Margrave

Prelude to a Midlife Crisis

I’ve started wearing a hat even though
I’ve been bald for years.

My hangovers last all weekend.

Though I haven’t bought the Porsche yet,
I did move to a house that has
a place to park one.

I get annoyed by secondhand smoke.

My blood pressure
seems to be the only thing
that rises.

I suddenly like cats.

My clothes are hip again.

I’ve had a membership so long
my gym expired.

I drink wine for my health now.

I fall asleep by 10 whether
or not I’m home.

I forget sometimes how old I am.

I forget sometimes who I am.

I write a lot of poems like this one.

I think they’re good.

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Clint Margrave has been rejected from hundreds of literary journals. His work has never appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, or in Poetry magazine. In 2013, he wasn't selected to be Poet Laureate of the United States and probably won't be in 2014 or 2015 either. He has never won a Pushcart Prize though he has been nominated like everyone else. His collection of poems, The Early Death of Men, is available from NYQ Books. He lives in Long Beach, CA.