(RE: Chuckie “The Typewriter” Nicoletti, 1916-1977)
I am a pistol, filled with water, squirting my brother in the eyes when he falls asleep watching The Brady Bunch. I am the mustard-stained, red nylon, textured Mo Cheeks jersey in the cheap seats of Madison Square Garden. I am the name and date written in chicken scratch, on the card of the overdue library book. I am not the gold horn, dangling from the 14 karat chains on the thick necks of my uncles and cousins. I am not one of the mechanics who fired at JFK from behind a picket fence in Dallas. I am not alone, not the recipient of three bullets to the back of my head while waiting in a sedan, before it catches fire, keys rattling against the lacquered dash.
-- Joey Nicoletti is a graduate of the Sarah Lawrence College MFA program and New Mexico State University, he is a former poetry editor of Puerto del Sol and currently teaches at SUNY Buffalo State College.