The Art of the Deal by Jeff Bagato

Ghosts drifting off from the K St. dead
mingle in Dupont with the bookstores
and the wines, circumnavigating
a hobo desire to shock the set
and dust breadcrumbs on the fountain
for pigeon-lover’s stew—sing
my loving heart past photographs
of the real thing; ghosts on
bicycles stuff galleries with
ectoplasmic white; a hope
for mind extinguished—
ghosts heroic to fashion insults
from term paper ribs; the eyes
are lazy—the art of the deal
straight on by morning
and nobody sees the ghosts
for all the shadows of
the dead


Jeff Bagato is a writer and electronic musician living near Washington, DC. Some of his poetry has appeared in Zoomoozophone Review, Otoliths, Clockwise Cat, Zombie Logic Review, Full of Crow, Exquisite Corpse, and Chiron Review. His most recent book of poems, Savage Magic, came out in early 2016. Other poetry books include And the Trillions and Spells of Coming Day. He has also published several science fiction novels, including The Toothpick Fairy, Computing Angels, and Dishwasher on Venus. A blog about his writing and publishing efforts can be found at

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