Michael Shepler

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Born in Ohio but raised in Los Angeles.

Student of Henri Coulette's writing workshop at Cal State LA (1965-67) .

Work represented in many magazines, among them: 'Statement', 'Gramercy Review', 'Columbia Review'. 'LA Review', 'Berkeley Poetry Review' &
'Abalone Moon'

2 plays: 'Cockroach Blues' (produced by Company Theatre in LA in 1980): 'Bombshell' (as yet ... more »

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The Same Dead Gangster

'How do I know this isn't the same dead gangster with the same brown Fedora? '
-Editor refusing to purchase a Weegee photograph

The same streetlamp glances down,
Bleary as an empty star.
Not what's visible, but the vacancies.
This is what chills us at last.
Sight leaking slowly out of the eyes toward the
Outer dark.
The young baker stands forever,
In white apron; his dough-covered hands
Slack at his sides, like luminous gloves.
He wants to turn away,
Moving back into the warmth
Of the bakery's open door,
But this photograph has fixed ...

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