"Cool"

Written By

William L. Alton

Music makes my soul. I’m a hero

when I dance with you in the living room.

Do you love me?

Can we dance without being

cool like John Coltrane?

Can we burn without smoke?

I already miss your tired heart.

William L. Alton was born November 5, 1969 and started writing in the Eighties while incarcerated in a psychiatric prison. Since then his work has appeared in Main Channel Voices, World Audience, and Breadcrumb Scabs, among others. In 2010, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has published one book titled Heroes of Silence. He earned his both BA and MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon where he continues to live.