How We Win

November 4, 2016
By William Taylor Jr.
portside.org (November 4, 2016)

San Francisco poet William Taylor Jr. writes in the spirit of Beat poetry, finding sly ways of survival and triumph in an often dreary, hostile world. 

How We Win
By William Taylor Jr.
The trick of it all
	is simply finding a reason
	to keep on
in spite of this bastard world
while not thinking too hard
	about the eventual destination
	of things.
I used to sneer at those who
	cheered at television screens
for victories not their own,
	but now I understand
	that that's as good as anything
if it makes you forget
	the other stuff
	for a while.
Me, I drink
	and read too many books
but I think even that's
	more honest than god.
And then there's you in your
	sleeveless cotton dress
pressed up against me as we drink
	beer on an empty afternoon,
the feel
	and the smell of you
the way your flesh moves when you laugh,
it makes all the ugliness of the day dissolve
	into something softer
and that's how we win.

	William Taylor Jr. lives and writes in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. His work has been published widely in journals across the globe, including The New York Quarterly, The Chiron Review, and Catamaran Literary Reader. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, and a collection of short fiction. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was a recipient of the 2013 Kathy Acker Award. To Break the Heart of the Sun is his latest collection of poetry. 
	https://www.amazon.com/William-Taylor-Jr/e/B00PRS8XAY

	 


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