Michael Shepler

Rookie (1942 / Cincinnati, Ohio)

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

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