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Michael HudsonMichael Derrick Hudson lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA.  His poems have appeared in various journals, including Poetry, Boulevard, Georgia Review, and Gulf Coast.   He was named co-winner of the 2014 Manchester Poetry Prize and one of his poems was Highly Commended in the 2015 Bridport Prize competition. 

 

 


 

 

 

The Invisible Man's Blind Date

 

 

Bandaging myself just to be seen, I’m a glass mummy

unspooling like a roll of toilet paper

 

from under my cuffs. I can’t wink. Nobody notices

 

my turn signals. Even these pervert’s hubba-hubbas

get to be a bore: my greasy nose

 

streaked all over the girls’ locker room

and sniffing around the hampers. Or weekday nights

 

clinging to some Romeo-and-Juliet balcony, yearning

for the Tri-Delt pillow fights rumored

 

along Sorority Row. I’m so tumescent, reflectionless 

 

and I haunt my own life. What girl’d want me? How

could she ever see my flickering soul

 

or sincerity’s subtle modulations concealed 

behind mirrored shades, swathed lips and a brave little

 

porkpie hat? She can’t see my eyes moisten

with happiness or my chest hairs curling provocatively

 

over the top of my collar. Another empty suit, she tells

 

all her girlfriends. Too much cologne

and far too sad. To her I’m the Peeping Tom swishing

 

through her bushes or shinnying up the drainpipe. I’m

 

a wet footprint in the foyer, the raccoon

in her chimney. I’m frottage on the train. Ew! she says

 

to no one in particular and steps unknowingly on my foot.

 

 

 

©2016 Michael Derrick Hudson

 

 

Author Links

 

Winning poems by Michael Derrick Hudson in the Manchester Writing Competition (PDF)

Announcement of Michael Derrick Hudson's placement in the 2015 Bridport Competition

Poems by Michael Derrick Hudson at Poetry (Chicago)

 

 

 

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