Archive for March, 2010

By RC Miller

Around the lake a beautiful girl
Who’s full of life
I believe I may already be
Baked into her crunchy oat bunches.

If I’m the perfect actor option
For an awesome backup dancer
Then turn your emblem inside out
While cleaning our aquarium
And start pretending

Around the lake I see a beautiful girl
Who’s full-on naked
Two weeks solid.
She doesn’t bother to read what I write
For fear it’ll kill her desire.

If I’m to be your agent then please
Call me by my cataloged name
And really reveal your insides
Outing a deformed infant receiving a special formula
Through the tube cemented in his stomach.

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By Nick Hranilovich

The true nature of the fabric of nature is still the truth of the nature of fabric. No cotton cloth or ugly ripped polyester falsity can ever stop the fact that steel is the height of fabrication, and that even water will wash it away to small grey sands. I would praise the beaches that showed the particles of a city wafting back and forth in the breeze, with the footprints of our children showing merriment and mercury both frolicking upon my, nee OUR apocalypse. The fabric then no longer advertised, but just breathed and known. The moment we call singular finality may be either a great bottlenecking of every sentiment or just the slow popping of each mind’s kernel as the cranial atmosphere cooks up. Could it be that every pressure bursts after eons? That if I were to live in caves waiting for my ancient nature to pour from me once more, and for my hair to flow in thin diamond so that every time the Sun hit me I would make a thousand proposals, then sooner than these gifts would hit me my heart would burst across a wall of coal? The man burrowed in the hillside is the man forgotten by his village as an oddity, remembered by his mother as a lost chunk of womb (an egg sadly un-chicken, no yellow-bellied sap, sucker, or bad lover), and derided by every toddler who doesn’t daydream as the Dead Man with moth-ridden wallet.
Testosterone vendettas produce an uncontrollable urge to sling lion manes across necks to show that we, too, flash peacock feathers of constant mating skin, but would never be caught dead with a mink that was caught dead to get thrown over something painted pink acting like the extraneous snake skin of an erudite affluent absent-everything’d daughter of the bears and bulls. Daddy’s Hampton House is burning with brotherly distrust, all lineage joined together in dry green blood that’s freshly minted so often that their family tree is caught in a constant nexus between Winter and Spring, always shedding those who find no solace in Earthly quests and those who burst up in a pile of jewels and declare that they are temporary giants until they are forgotten in the coming Wall Street Boom.
Many would release oceans in their crotches for the sake of a silver platter to eat off of. True lovers wait for stars in eyes and not commas on print-outs, surrounded by zeroes (which, believe it or not, are as hollow as they sound). When I look into one that my immediacy wishes to know in a private place that is slightly farther from here, slightly closer to eternity, then I know that the time has come to zero in on that small point in their pupil that is all light, and no black. The direct line from the front of an ocular lens right into the center of the skull, where my mind’s hand cradles whichever neurons in there are telling the truth about then, and then snake down the spine in an agape tease. Memorize the thunkings of their heart long enough to dance to it in the middle of Death Valley decades after the fact.
Whatever the opposite of death is, perhaps I’m bound for that. We’re and let’s. Us, which I call Our. When I was born, my name was made law and smothered with digits, and at least one innoculation must have had a hundred thousand small waving symbols of ramparts won in it, but my marrow forever pours essence forward to drain the burdening blood of country from me. I pray. Only we, having eaten every forbidden fruit and chased every dragon to a hole of magma in the side of the mountain to kneel before it in awe of its size while it licks its wounds and prepares to curl in a python’s maneuver across another town, would ever take advantage of cubs.
Make light never of those who rest in motionless solitude. They will burst forth a tidal wave of motion when their finger twitches on the edge of a jar, reaching for a drink. When the restful man who has reached his calm and zen stands, hands on his craning knees, eyes to the ground or still set on yours, the ceiling of the sky will rise with him. To watch the planet would be to see a bulge in the atmosphere over his slow and deliberate rising. This is the burst of power that silence makes.

Say if you have felt nights of loose and lubricated laughter have brought you the riches of the promise of miraculous pine bounty that you’ve always dreamed of (a world coated with sappy wood, sunlight, discovery, and the equality of the notion that one night, everybody went to bed, and woke up in a pleasant dream to which they never had to be any the wiser save for a sneaking suspicion that something was all to filled with potential and phantasmagoria’s images- the kaleidoscope of your life will spit you into many places at night, and all of them are communities I’d much love to wander hand in hand with many friends and any friend).
This is my dissertation.
Or so I say.
Who are these who curse their havings and holdings? Lo, I am among them.
Or so at times I think.

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Spin Cycle Observations

By Jason Tobin

Twenty fingers precariously attempt
to convince a stubborn machine
of consequence to free the misshaped
Twenty-five cent piece.

Onlookers, mostly silent, show little to
no interest as friendly consultants
meander in and out of the laundromat.

One of the spectators attempts
to hide nips of malt liquor, but the scent
permeates the air.
As long as the small boss/madam does
not raise an eye (which she has yet to do)
I will down the swill, she
transmits without saying so much as
a slurred word.

Outside the temperature continues to
cascade, and eventually the twenty fingers
find a guaranteed warranty to alleviate
the struggle to fix the broken apparatus.

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By Philip Ledford

i’ve been sending a lot of submissions out by email since i got my new computer.

i can hear all the poems at the typewriter saying ‘damn it, he’s using that computer again!’

‘he’s forgotten us again!”

‘forsaken! we’ve been forsaken!”

i even heard one say ‘screw him, all he writes is shit.’

so now i peck out all my poems on my typewriter first.

and type them into the computer later.

all my poems are much happier this way.

even the ones i compress into jagged balls and jump shoot into the trashcan smile the whole way to the can.

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By William Merricle

Chris hunkers
over the crustable,
reads acapella his
Manifesto Pour Lovers
Avec Baseball Bats,
holds his cupless coffee
between his thighs,
mutters how
the slurry of the abyss is
garnished with baby’s breath,
the stars are united
by rusty chains and runny noses,
and the shattered lord is
amongst us right here, right
now in this Kafkaesque
white castle of death.
Finished, he resumes
nuzzling the donut
he has named

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By Joe Cloyd

Reason is the pinky finger
Of the left hand
Of the soul

And consequently
In all practical purposes
Not that useful

But the good news
Is that there are no other fingers
On that hand

And on the other hand
Is only a pointer finger
And a thumb
And these guys
Comprise the passions
Not much to them
But they sure
Got reason beat

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By Bob Phillips

at the edge where the dogs hold
leashed against the bars, strain
by the membrane of sleeplessness
practice calesthentic curl-ups, void at last
shit first warm, then clammy
then cold as concrete floors

in my place the laughing devil
feints my privates, so called, I curl,
hold up a name of God, ward warden

led on a leash of lampcord, I testify
through the wires on my fingers
perform for master, tiny camera

my guide a burning bush, wick
of the righteous, stammers and stumbles
visited upon the depraved, plausible, denial

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By Joe C Miller

The last time
seems like decades ago.
Some how
I am always surprised
to see it still alive,
under a tarp,
in my garage.

I climb aboard
with a death grip
on my sweaty soul
and it resists.
Riding high, riding fast,
on liquid imagination
makes it hard to be
someplace else.

I am afraid of
one more trip to no where.
This time
something’s different.
I have landed in the middle
of a party.
Lots of music,
friends and dancing.

Behind the bar
Jesus wears a sombrero,
and serves up
cool green margaritas.
Could it be
that I’m in heaven
or is this Margaritaville?

He tells me
come back anytime.
There is no need
to drive a DeLorean,
88 miles an hour,
with a flux capacitor
gone bad.

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these males

By Joan McNerney

starting with this uncle sam
creep who screws up all the time
creating all those freaking wars

not to mention tom turkey
sorry excuse for women breaking
into sweats while men laze around
the next day watching football
(who wouldn’t be thankful?)

then there’s that overgrown
kris kringle shoving stuff up
stockings full of whoknowswhat
never wanted or asked for

and don’t forget peter cottontail
filling baskets galore with chocolates
jelly beans marshmallow eggs
go ahead let’s eat his ears off
before we have no teeth!

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By Michele McDannold

I dreamt of living in a rubber room
(my head wrapped around a train)
the whistle
doesn’t sound like a whistle
not like the old western movies

when I say old
(I mean dead, they seem dead)
black and white trapped in a box
must be bones
similar to the pale mornings when I visit the
in the back, where the tiles pull out

no one comes here anymore
not to see the picture behind glass that was Sampson
that was Julia
they don’t notice a dead bird brought in from the rain

the tiles are white
all else is ash grey,
the train sounds
a horn
a horn that won’t let up
on and on, it goes

as it reaches the end of my mind
the sound fades
end of the track
last stand of town
the sound of the rails
a vibration
rattling windows

there are no windows here
only rubber
rubber white and puckered
[in the room, we are back in the room]
with buttons
small, round
looks like a couch
all the way round the room
(you can find death in rooms too)
see the door
is the outlined shape of a door
sticks out from the rest
feels like I could run
run into it
the sound
the sound might go away

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