Essay on Criticism 

Good question.

It could be a hunchback, a bribe, or a luxury sedan.

The last time I went to the elementary school art exhibit, I brought sunglasses and a cane and pretended I was blind.

I told the kids their paintings felt beautiful. 

Id go to pat their heads and whiff by a mile. 

Later, in the parking lot, I waved goodbye to everyone. Then I closed my eyes and drove away.


Gregory Lawless is the author of I Thought I Was New Here (BlazeVOX, 2009), the chapbook Foreclosure (Back Pages Publishers, 2013), and Dreamburgh, Pennsylvania (Dream Horse Press, forthcoming. His poems have appeared in Sixth Finch, La Petite Zine, The Journal, Pleiades, Third Coast, Sonora Review, The National Poetry Review, Best of the Net, Verse Daily, and many others.