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, 2-time Pushcart Prize-nominated, Best of the Net-nominated poet and Winner of the 2021 Spillwords Press Award for Poetic Publication of the Year. His poetry collection Becoming Vulnerable (2020) details his experience with autism, addiction, sobriety and spirituality. A UCLA lecturer, published alongside Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Corwin has read with 2013 US Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco. He hosts the poetry podcast “Assiduous Dust,” writes for Oddball Magazine and teaches poetry to autistic addicts in recovery at The Miracle Project, an autism nonprofit. He is the editor of Assiduous Dust: Home of the OTSCP, Vol. 1 (April 5, 2021) featuring 36 award-winning poets, demonstrating one of his invented forms. He is working on an existentialist novel about an alcoholic lawyer plagued with suicidal ideation.