I’m not saying I’ve even approached your acclaim: I’ve too often backed away from the fight
as you’ve long known
bringing as much as a glimpse of your vision onto a page guarantees probable rejection & as you may
or may not know tonight
I still can’t gamble like you did
55 The Paris-American
Mark Wisniewski’s poems have appeared in Poetry, New York Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Hiram Poetry Review, Confrontation, Post Road, and Poetry International. His second novel, Show Up, Look Good, was praised by Ben Fountain, Christine Sneed, Jonathan Lethem, and T. R. Hummer. His fiction has won a PushcartPrize and appeared in Best American Short Stories.