Return my distant sorrows from magnolias
branched and blossomed beyond the lucid air.
“Where have you gone my gentle ghost?”
We share the shore with naïve excitement
like dreamers waiting for the illusion to be over
or for the prosecution to rest its case
in silent house.
I lay awake, drunk with memories,
and watch the azure lake dry up all my sorrows.
Once I was young and weary,
from all the noise life had to offer;
I knew better then
than I do now.
Joshua Corwin, a Los Angeles native, is a neurodiverse, Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and Spillwords Press Publication of the Month winner. His debut poetry collection Becoming Vulnerable (2020) details his experience with autism, addiction, sobriety and spirituality. He has lectured at UCLA, read with 2013 Inaugural Poet Laureate Richard Blanco, and performed at the 2020 National Beat Poetry Festival. His Beat poetry is to be anthologized alongside Ferlinghetti, Hirschman, Ford, Coleman and weiss late this year (Sparring Omnibus, Mystic Boxing Commission). He hosts the poetry podcast “Assiduous Dust” and teaches poetry to neurodiverse individuals and autistic addicts in recovery at The Miracle Project, an autism nonprofit. Corwin’s collaborative collection A Double Meaning, with David Dephy, is currently seeking publication. He also has forthcoming collaborative poetry projects with Ellyn Maybe including Ghosts Sing into the World’s Ear (Ghost Accordion series 1st Wave, Mystic Boxing Commission).