Sold my bicycle
last week
over the air
I felt it sucking
on my sentimentality
like the time
the tow truck
hauled my ‘75
Cadillac Eldorado
away back in ‘97
for 50 dollars scrap
in Oklahoma
this is Oakland
an unbridled city
a gritty kitty
I kid myself
of becoming
a minimalist
to trick my heart
of things metal
and flesh
let go

Luke Warm Water's poetry appears in Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets (Michigan State University Press, 2008). He was a featured poet at the prestigious Geraldine R. Dodge 12th Biennial Poetry Festival and was the first spoken-word poet to receive an Archibald Bush Foundation individual artist fellowship in literature. Although retired from competition, Luke has won Poetry Slams from California to Germany. His latest book City Tree of Concrete & Hope (2014) received an Artists Embassy International literary award. Luke currently resides in Oakland, California.

You can see more of his work in Issue 2.4 here and here.