Jay Miner

a lot of whiskey to get even

winter has
frozen out
the songbirds
of the
rust belt

the final
nails have
been driven
into discount
store coffins

admit it
there never
was faith
in humanity

it’s going
to take
more than
a little
whiskey to
get even


Jay Miner is a writer, photographer, and publisher who cofounded Alien Buddha Press and then went on to found Rust Belt Press which he currently runs. His writing has appeared in numerous journals, most recently the Raw Art Review. His photos have appeared on numerous book covers, most recently The Nixes Mate Anthology (2021,) by Nixes Mate Books. He lives in an undisclosed location somewhere deep in the soot of the American Rust Belt.