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Scott Alexander Jones

from Here at the End of All Things


one false step

on the precipice

& I’ll slide to my death—

use my obituary

to get a fire started


as I dig for my pen

deep in my army satchel

to write about how

the sun sets,

the sun sets


a child climbs

what’s left of the iron frame

of the shipwreck—

the centuries we spend



walking into town

with The Tibetan Book of the Dead

in my headphones—

a dotted line of geese

perforate the sky


waking from a nap

my cap hides the beach from me—

for a moment

the flipped-over shoes are you

dead & buried in the sand


sky burial

for the eyeless sea lion

here at sea level—

birds dive-bomb

the closer I approach


eating lemons

while the ravens can’t puncture

the sea lion’s skin—

a seagull stalks me

like I’ve got any answers



SCOTT ALEXANDER JONES is the author of the chapbooks “That Finger on Your Temple is the Barrel of My Raygun” (Bedouin Books, 2013) and “One Day There Will Be Nothing to Show That We Were Ever Here” (Bedouin Books, 2009). His poems have appeared in over fifty journals, including Roanoke Review, Third Coast, and Tribeca Poetry Review. He holds an MFA from The University of Montana, where he co-founded the literary journal Zerø Ducats. He has won a variety of travel grants and literary awards, including the 2011 Nancy Dew Taylor Award for Poetry for an excerpt of his long poem, “elsewhere.” Additionally, he was Writer-in-Residence at The Montana Artists Refuge during October of 2009. Having lived in Seattle, Austin, Portland, and Wellington, New Zealand, he now lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where he is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kansas. In 2014, Black Lawrence Press will publish his first full-length collection of poetry, “elsewhere.”