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Volume 10 • Number 1 • Summer 2018

Brad Rose

Law Enforcement

How much fun is this? Soil acidity affects a body’s rate of decomposition. Unless you’ve received the electric chair. I’m just commentating. Otherwise, in my free time, I thoroughly enjoy sleeping. It’s like waiting for the bomb squad, but quicker. Every time I see a passing car slow down, the faster I walk. A lot of things that used to be misdemeanors, are now felonies, but that doesn’t explain the invisible force fields or the unnecessarily relaxed lawn furniture. If you’ve come here to complain, you’ve come the right place. I think the boss just stepped out for a minute to attend his impeachment ceremony. No, no trouble at all. The last time we had an explosion in the lobby, we nearly lost our niche market. People were running around yelling, You call this a party? I warned them, You can’t control audience participation. The only surviving witness said, The suspect was driving a late model Crème Brule, but the two investigating officers were so busy arresting one another, they refused to take any testimony for fear it might ruin their careers. Ok, they said, so what if we’re in law enforcement? It’s not exactly a crime, you know.

Brad Rose was born and raised in Los Angeles and lives in Boston. He is the author of a collection of poetry and flash fiction, Pink X-Ray (Big Table Publishing, 2015 ) His new book of poems, Momentary Turbulence, is forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press. Brad is also the author of five chapbooks of poetry and flash fiction, Democracy of Secrets, Coyotes Circle the Party Store, Dancing School Nerves, An Evil Twin is Always in Good Company, and Away with Words. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Brad’s poetry and fiction have appeared in, The American Journal of Poetry, The Los Angeles Times,, The Potomac, Folio, decomP, Lunch Ticket, The Baltimore Review, Posit, The Midwest Quarterly, Clockhouse, Boston Literary Magazine, Right Hand Pointing, and other publications. Brad’s website is: