Ben Nardolilli

Ben Nardolilli currently lives in New York City. His work has appeared in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, Danse Macabre, The 22 Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, The Northampton Review, Local Train Magazine, The Minetta Review, and Yes Poetry. He blogs at and is trying to publish his novels.

Crossed Patterns

Originally published in Alternate Route, Spring 2022

The mathematics of simple things
Are combining together, figuring out
Better kinds of equations

My furniture conspires with my shoes,
My clothes hang in peace
With the unread books on my shelf

Nothing has changed on the surface
Because everything cancels out,
But a subtraction waits on the horizon

The path of clouds beyond the window
And the width of that window,
They are exchanging numbers now