as I fall further into the Internet

my search-engined name affixed

to cokeheads, sex offenders, charlatans, suicides

and fallen soldiers. I am as empty as the name

Joshua Ware, filled with identities

I did not create. In this there is nothing

profound, nothing worth noting but my character

eroding across the ether of

a digital universe, saturating my self-concept

with doubt. Mark David Chapman murdered

John Lennon, believing, through death, he could steal

the former-Beatle's fame. I want to murder

each and every Joshua Ware so as to achieve

a singular fame unheard of

in the ranks of Joshua Wares. Happiness

when done well, is a kind of loneliness. 


Joshua Ware is the author of Homage to Homage to Homage to Creeley (Furniture Press Books 2011). Three of his chapbooks will be released in 2012: Imaginary Portraits (Greying Ghost Press); SDVIG (alice blue books), which he co-wrote with Natasha Kessler; and How We Remake the World (Slope Editions), winner of the first annual Slope Editions Chapbook Contest and co-written with Trey Moody. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Conduit, CrazyhorseGulf Coast, and Jellyfish.