Joseph S. Pete Debuts


By Joseph S. Pete

They gathered at the corner tavern after the regulars retired for the night,

to mourn yet another colleague who moved on under the neon glow.

Wake after wake, the newsroom was a gushing abattoir

bleeding a slit gash of gore-splattered pink slips.

The sane ones all decamped for more pristine prospects long ago,

got sent off in a fuzzy haze of IPAs and background baseball.

They all sallied forth, stepped out, raised high their hazy pint glasses,

while the decaying content machine rumbled on, churning through whatever it could.

Amid the muddled boozy cloud that fogged those timeworn amniotic pubs,

those toasted were the only ones who could still see clearly.


Joseph S. Pete is an award-winning journalist, veteran, and frequent guest on Lakeshore Public Radio. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee and poet laureate of Chicago BaconFest. His literary work has appeared in more than 100 journals, including Dogzplot, Lumpen, and Punchnel’s. He once Googled the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, true story.


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Pushcart nominee Jeanette Cheezum has been published on several online writing sites and in fifteen Anthology books and four poetry books. Three of these books have made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Awarded The Helium Networks Premium Writer’s Badge, Bronze Creative Writing Award and a Marketplace Writers award. Recently she has published fourteen ebooks at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You may find a list of some of her work at
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