Collect the Reward for the Crime You Helped Commit ~ A Poem by Stephen J. Golds @SteveGone58

Punk Noir Magazine

Alone in an occupied room 

with scorched walls, 

a self-immolating arsonist 

begging you to 

burn me up with 

a glance left 

lingering like a 

gasoline chance 

with you.

Stephen J. Golds was born in North London, U.K, but has lived in Japan for most of his adult life. 

He writes primarily in the noir and dirty realism genres and is the poetry editor of Close to the Bone Press. Some of his writing influences are Charles Bukowski, John Fante, James M. Cain, Tobias Wolff and Jim Thompson. 

He enjoys spending time with his daughters, reading books, traveling the world, boxing and listening to old Soul LPs. His novels are  Say Goodbye When I’m Gone, I’ll Pray When I’m Dying, Always the Dead, Poems for Ghosts in Empty Tenement Windows I Thought I Saw Once and the story and poetry collection Love Like Bleeding Out With an Empty Gun in Your Hand