—a poem by Dennis Paul Wilken

Life is not fair
The prettiest girls
Have the whitest teeth
And the taller a man is
The longer he usually lives
Bangladesh is always
Under water while
The casinos in Monaco
Seldom ever have
A hard rain;
It's obvious
If there is a God
He or she is
A front runner who
Always plays the favorite

"Proof" is excerpted from Wilken's impending untitled book of poetry (2017-18).

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