Porterhouse Words • Ed McCourt

I want porterhouse words
with pock-marked
Bukowski Pathos.

The kind of box-truck verse
that chock the wheels,
foot the dolly,
and bleed the clutch.

Southpaw verbs -

for punch-drunk prose,
that rope-a-dope,
pitch a no-no and
buck-knife-slice the air.

And I don’t want to
apologize for them.


Ed McCourt is an assistant professor of English at Jacksonville University. His essay “Watching Rocco” won honorable mention in the Bacopa Literary Review’s 2011 prose contest, and his poetry has appeared in the Bacopa, The Phoenix, and Handful of Dust.