Christopher Shipman

Christopher Shipman is author or co-author of six books and four chapbooks. Most recently, Shipman is author of The Movie My Murderer Makes: Season II (forthcoming from The Cupboard) and, with Brett Evans, Keats is Not the Problem (forthcoming from Lavender Ink). His work appears in journals such as Cimarron Review, PANK, and Salt Hill, among many others. His poem, "The Three-Year Crossing," was a winner of the 2015 Motionpoems Big Bridges prize, judged by Alice Quinn. Shipman lives in New Orleans where he teaches English and creative writing to high school kids. 

Whenever I wake from a bad dream, my murderer gives me homework. He’s there waiting. Not at the edge of the bed, as one might assume, with a hand resting calmly on my back, but sitting alone in the dim light of the kitchen.

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I wonder if what I’m seeing is only my silence
my little silent laugh my little look-around
at the forest of faces growing new faces a long line
of faces and now the old white guy is busy
filling out his form hunched over all his words

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domesticated as the dozen carnations
you carry where you used to carry 
a dozen dead elephants
inside a dozen dead snakes

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