Two Poems by Steven D. Schroeder

Steven D. Schroeder

Steven D. Schroeder

Steven D. Schroeder's second book, The Royal Nonesuch (Spark Wheel Press), won the Devil's Kitchen Reading Award from Southern Illinois University. His poetry is available or forthcoming from Crazyhorse, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Pleiades. He works as a Creative Content Manager for a small financial marketing agency.


how do I learn
about open jobs
& if you like me?

how do you apply
for unemployment
if I like-like you?

you may make me
default on my loan
to get yr number

may you make me
pay for not calling
w/ credit card debt

how do discuss
feelings for you 
on the wealth gap?

how many dates
until you can say
late capitalism
as in late father?

I may make you
a cryptocurrency
of not yr type




to start the game
you select a level
I can't jump over

the game has me
collect 100 leaves
you take & give
their true names

I have the power
to move onward
w/ no companion

I'll reset the power
so we never met

a single finger
gives you power
vs. my buttons

the game ends
when players fall
in love like spikes
& find they like it

if I say I'm game
can you save me?