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Tom Will: The Last Ticket

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Ticket To Ride

I just don’t know why these record labels have such scary names like REPRISE and EPITAPH and SWAN SONG its pretty on the nose don’t you think like naming a train station DEATH and naming the train THE LAST PAIR OF SNEAKERS YOU WILL EVER BUY AND YOU DONT EVEN LIKE THEM ALL THAT MUCH but you just shrug and buy the ticket.

And when I read only the backs of books in the station shop they all say something like IN 1946 HE MET THE POET ILNA SWANOFFKOV AND THEY MARRIED LATER THAT MONTH AND SHE HAS EDITED THIS VOLUME but it doesn’t tell you how much the rent was or how much better the cheese tasted in 1946 on the Riga river or that she was wearing a pair of his sneakers when she stabbed him in his sleep in early 1948.

And how did they each find out that the other was a poet?

About the Author: Tom Will writes poems. He lives in the South. He has been published in Misery Tourism and Apocalypse Confidential, and is forthcoming in New Pop Lit, Door is a Jar, Rejection Letters, and Tragickal. For all inquiries, please email him at


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