Ten Questions to Ask Before Bed

by Bart Edelman

Were you thirstier today than yesterday?
Is that a gnat asleep on your left shoulder?
Must you trust your academic intuition?
Will the next President wear a revolver?
Why are all the drunks suddenly sober?
What is the address of The Last Picture Show?
When should you steal a plate from home?
How brown is the new cow you now own?
Does a freedom fighter ever marry a terrorist?
Where can my younger sister rent a zombie? 


Bart Edelman’s poetry collections include Crossing the Hackensack (Prometheus Press), Under Damaris’ Dress (Lightning Publications), The Alphabet of Love (Red Hen Press), The Gentle Man (Red Hen Press), The Last Mojito (Red Hen Press), The Geographer’s Wife (Red Hen Press), and Whistling to Trick the Wind (Meadowlark Press). He has taught at Glendale College, where he edited Eclipse, a literary journal, and, most recently, in the MFA program at Antioch University, Los Angeles. His work has been widely anthologized in textbooks published by City Lights Books, Etruscan Press, Fountainhead Press, Harcourt Brace, Longman, McGraw-Hill, Prentice Hall, Simon & Schuster, Thomson/Heinle, the University of Iowa Press, Wadsworth, and others. He lives in Pasadena, California.