Zak Mucha, Summer 2017

All the Sky in a .025 mg Pill

In the morning my head still quiet with the
control Nick Cave had over the Auditorium
howling as they grabbed at him, his shirt
pulled untucked as he climbs into and over, his

heel digging into shoulders as hands prop him up, three
balconies down he’s a stick figure stalking, his shadow
mimicking and mocking, an angry ghost as controlled as the
absolution offered and taken

a reminder that inside your chest
is a flame the size of your thumb and
were you to take the point of one human hair
and divide it a hundred times and take one of

those points and divide it a hundred more
in one of those points would fit the universe
then you would have the truth of the spirit
and know this is also that

unspoken is the dialectic of celebration and mourning
and joy over pleasure as none of that need be said
given the chaos and the quiet that exists simultaneously,
all those hands reaching, provoked until compelled



Zak Mucha, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Chicago. He spent seven years working as the supervisor of an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program, providing 24/7 services to persons suffering from severe psychosis, substance abuse issues, and homelessness. Mucha has also worked as a counselor and consultant for U.S. combat veterans undergoing training for digital forensic investigations in child pornography. He is a board member at the Legislative Drafting Institute for Child Protection ( in Baton Rouge as well as a student and clinical associate faculty member at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis.

He is also the author of Emotional Abuse: A manual for self-defense.

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