Inspired by Ann Charters’ nightmare

Arthur Ramirez
2 min readFeb 23, 2024


Photo courtesy of Yours Truly. Minneapolis, July 2023

I shut my eyes and imagine the
satisfying scrape of the knife paring
clean my bones,
used to scribble in future quarterlies

the writer’s bifocals are smudged with
facial grease, adjusted throughout the
short days of citations, half-assed cold press,
half-smoked cigarettes, half-ass…



Arthur Ramirez

Aspiring novelist and amateur poet and op-ed writer on gay/queer/GSM topics. CA —> MN —> ? Stick around if I haven’t bored you yet.