Whatever It Takes!
Reads the florescent green insignia
on the ripped cloth dangling from his neck.

A room filled with Barbie dolls,
And G.I. Joes,
Encased in funhouse mirrors.

12 repetitions.
10 repetitions.
8 repetitions.


C’mon baby, big back,” says the spotter,
As his subject grips the rusted, staph-infected metal,
Pushing rapid breaths through his pouted red lips.

He’d rather atrophy now
Than later
For that brief picture of divinity.


Bruce Grossman

Bruce Grossman

Bruce-Michael Grossman was born and raised in the Bronx. His work aims to capture the essence of New York City and its people.