Outer Space – David Lohrey


Outer Space – David Lohrey

Jason has disappeared from my vision.

Then there’s Michael.

Marian is gone, then mom and dad.

One by one they go.

Soon: no one.


I feel like the man on the moon.

The astronaut left to drift, holding

His severed umbilical card,

Disappearing, gasping, the earth at a distance.

I’m going, getting smaller and smaller.


I’m saying hello but no one can hear me.

Like Marilyn Monroe or Cher’s husband,

Sonny. Lost in space, the movie. It

Opens in September. Lost forever, the nightmare.

Stay tuned, 24/7.


I’ve arrived at the lost and found,

But I can’t remember what I came for.

Sign here.


There were once so many

I could name them but why bother?

Some leads, but mainly a chorus, a jubilee, not a party.

More like a camp fire without marsh mellows.

A cookout, without charcoal; a broken nail without a file.

Tits without ass. A pocket with no money.


How the hell did it happen?

Oh, it’s one decision after the other.


Ingratiation, followed by despair.

Indoctrination, then disappointment.

It’s leaving home in a hurry.

It’s a flat tire on the highway.

It’s a bridge too far, so there.

It’s emasculation.


It’s not 2+2=4.

It’s not oppression, not control.

Not intervention, not suppression,

Not even repression, no.

It’s indifference.

The tyranny of neglect.

It’s choking on nothing.

It’s a phone call to we care.

Only we care has moved.

Call back tomorrow.

By the time you get through,

Your problems are over.

By the time you get through,

It’s been settled.

By the time you get through,

It’s over.

How may we direct your call?


[David is lost in Japan. He is a smart, kind man who writes amazing poetry. We are thrilled to have him writing for Sudden Denouement. He is one of us.]

David Lohrey was born on the Hudson River in New York but grew up in Memphis. He graduated from U.C., Berkeley. He earned his Ph.D. at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia. He teaches in Tokyo. He has reviewed books for The Los Angeles Times and The Orange County Register, and served as drama critic in NYC and LA for Curtainup.com. His plays have appeared in the UK, Switzerland, India and, most recently, in Croatia. In a Newark Minute and Sperm Counts were translated and produced in Estonia (2016). His poetry can be found in The Rats Ass Review, Softblow, The Blue Mountain Review, Otoliths, Sentinel Literary Quarterly and Quarterday.  Recent fiction can be read in Crack the Spine and at inshadesmag.com. He is currently writing a memoir of his years living in Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea and on the Persian Gulf.

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