Surefire Method
—a poem by Dennis Paul Wilken

Surefire Method

Preaching behavior you
Don't practice
To the kids
You're raising
Is almost as good a way
Of ending up
With troubled teens
As beating them
On the days
You forego
Shooting up
Having sex
With them

Dennis Paul Wilken is a prolific poet, sketch-artist, veteran journalist and Literary Editor for The Commonline Journal. He studied at the University of Cincinnati and is a former writer for Cincinnati Magazine. His poem "Outcomes" was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2011. His last chapbook is called Sweat Off the Diamond (2009). His forthcoming book is called Poetry Factory (2017).