The Deformities In My Typewriter

by Keith Mark Gaboury

The aborted poems
I abandoned inside my Underwood typewriter


crawl underneath hammerhead letters.
They never left the metal womb of their creation.


As Samuel suckles milk
only Susan can provide,


the letters to the elegy I type
strike the heads of every poetic deformity.


One lacks a leg, another survives
with a one-chambered heart.


Under this attack, all the fetuses
of my aborted poems


escape between the spaces
in my QWERTY alphabet:


a free-verse looks for a stanza
by latching onto Susan’s
breastfeeding body


while the sestina
devoted to a childhood assault


finds me with my open journal
and a black flow pen


where arms of flawed design
penetrate my open water eyes.


Keith Mark Gaboury earned a M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College. His chapbooks were released through Duck Lake Books, The Pedestrian Press, and Finishing Line Press. Keith is also the president of the Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club. Learn more at