I wanted to cry so I called up my friends and invited them all over for a crying party.

Writing by Glenn Ingersoll
Assemblage Art by Ingrid M. Calderón Collins, Featured Artist for Mum’s Garage II


I wanted to cry

so I called up my friends

and invited them all over for a 

crying party.

They came in droves!

The tables groaned with delicacies. 

Nobody came!

In the middle of the table crouched a bowl of tears.

Party favors!

By this time I felt more like

hanging myself upside down by a hook

yet all the gravity

had gone out of the room,

I couldn’t tell up from down.

The only drugs I wanted to take

were the ones no one brought.

You just need sunlight,

said a voice I recognized from a bardo.

I spread my heart open

and in he poured it,

until light was shouting out of my ears

and out of my asshole stabbing

in curveless shafts.

About The Author

Glenn Ingersoll works for the public library in Berkeley, California. Videos of his poetry reading & interview series Clearly Meant can be found on the Berkeley Public Library YouTube channel. Ingersoll’s prose poem epic, Thousand, is available from and as an ebook from Smashwords. His poem “Personal Testimony” was given a Special Mention in the 2022 Pushcart Prize anthology. He keeps two blogs, LoveSettlement and Dare I Read. Poems have recently appeared in Thieving Magpie, Furious Gazelle, and Trash Panda.

About the Artist

Ingrid M. Calderón Collins is a poet and tarot reader. She is the author of twenty-seven poetry books. She lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, painter John Collins.

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