the gambling life

Jim Trainer

the thing about luck is
it’s not prejudicial
and it’s not bestowed
upon anyone, no one’s
born into it, luck will
find you, there’s no use
looking for it
you don’t have to be
born in the land of the free
you don’t have to excel
at anything
luck doesn’t require penance
or attrition
history is written by purveyors
and beliefs fit you like a cross
sit in the center of the grappling world
go forth into your tempest with ease
the present moment is a crown of fire.

September, Jim Trainer’s second full length collection of poetry, is out now through Yellow Lark Press. Trainer lives in Austin, Texas where he serves as curator of Going For The Throat, a weekly publication of cynicism, outrage, correspondence and romance.  Please visit for book orders, appearances and other vital information.

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