Invisibility (NYC) James Croal Jackson Poetry

local_library Invisibility (NYC)

by James Croal Jackson

Published in Issue No. 266 ~ July, 2019

Chin on window, I still somehow lost

myself in the crowd: the subway


left me here, at my draped destination. Yet

street guitars and strangers’ chatter echo


in the underground, eardrums thrumming through

this maze of machines: ticket-takers, escalators.


Half-shell, half-mind, I ascend into the grid

of civilization: deadened lego towers, blind


in the clouds, airplanes wending through

faint chemical composition quarter-notes.



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James Croal Jackson is the author of The Frayed Edge of Memory (Writing Knights Press, 2017). His poetry has appeared in The Bitter Oleander, Rust + Moth, Cosmonauts Avenue, and elsewhere. He has won the William Redding Memorial Poetry Contest and has been a finalist for the Princemere Poetry Prize. Find him in Columbus, Ohio or at