Biography of Chris Tusa
Chris Tusa was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He holds a B.A. in English, an M.A in English, and an M.F.A. from the University of Florida. He is the author of Inventing an End and Haunted Bones. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Texas Review, Spoon River, Louisville Review, Passages North, Louisiana Literature, The New Delta Review, Lullwater Review, StorySouth, New York Quarterly, and others. He teaches in the English Department at LSU. To read samples of his work, visit http: //www.christusa.net
Chris Tusa's Works:
Inventing an End
Chris Tusa Poems
from a mason jar on the nightstand.
The radio turns itself on,
I see my father stacking sheets of plywood,
his hands freckled with sawdust, his silvery
you’re an aspirin fit for the gods,
the powdery ghost of Gandhi
conjured into a bottle,
this milk-white morgue, this smiling slaughterhouse,
where girls in straitjackets grow fat on pills,
floating on pale clouds of Clozapine,
with their smiles punched out,
care of a local Tough Man contest.
It was all I needed
Ode To Cancer
Imagine a tiny black flower,
the nurse says,
blossoming in your spleen.
Already, I can feel the radiation
burning in my bones,
the CAT SCAN machine
like a shiny white coffin.