Poems

Joe Dolce: ‘Alcoholic Nose’, ‘Brown Snake Crossover’ and ‘Mowing the Fields of Elysium’

Alcoholic Nose Rhinophyma, subtype of skin condition, rosacea, chronic inflammation, swollen nose, red and bumpy, once thought due to alcoholism— that theory debunked. Definitive cause a mystery. Evidence points to genetics, in family members of English, Scottish, ethnic Eastern European descent. For those with rosacea, alcohol worsens symptoms, enlarging blood vessels, creating a flushed look— red wine the worst culprit. Relief: a glass of water between drinks, spirits diluted with seltzer, teetotalism. Joe Dolce Brown Snake Crossover Waltzing the track, I catch my balance, back- stepping with a Whoa! as the luster rope shimmies, slow- ly S-bending into bush, before…

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