Kenduskeag, Penobscot, Pennywise, Neibolt.

Paper boats, arms socked into gutterways.

A flaring sheet of pain and then no more.

Stuttering Bill, Bevvie, Eddie, Ben, Ritchie.


Mike too. Stan I know no more. He was a Jew.

Bad with money, Jew, that’s what Ritchie said.

They all had laughed at this, Bill’s mom hadn’t.

Clowns, deadlights, strobes, bullies, incest.


Sweet love, not so sweet love, death, life!

Derry, that city of all cities in the world!

I … I am a resident of that haunted land.

It’s monsters are mine, sometimes they win.