Blue Ghost


The tonic glows
Blue on the bar
When the blacklight
Vibrates it from
Remedy to ghost
And I drink until
The juniper tastes
Like a piano.
The tumbler leaves
A little ring.
Blue god of despair
That tries and fails
To eat its tail—
There’s no telling—
The ghost I drink
Is feeding my own.

Jason Gray is the author of Radiation King, winner of the Idaho Prize for Poetry, and Photographing Eden, as well as two chapbooks, How to Paint the Savior Dead and Adam & Eve Go to the Zoo. His poems have been featured in Poetry, Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, Image, and elsewhere.