Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Alex Salinas - Ju speak Spanish?


Ju speak Spanish, jes?
I looked down at my arms, 
No, I answered.  
Ju should learn Spanish, mijo,
            it’s important.
I don’t recall selling another tool that day.
Instead, I wandered the department store, the alleys of 
Not even my own father told me to learn
The customer was wrong. 
Who was he to judge if my
was properly educated?


Recently, I thought about his words, 
about blueprints. 
Straight white lines 
on dark blue paper.  


When you think about it, what blueprints are fully attuned to the rigors of
When it comes down to it, what fathers fully understand all they must teach their

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Alyssa Trivett - Three Poems

Gas Station Blues

I drove by the abandoned station
with X’s for eyes on the gas pumps
and fast food chicken nugget flavored water scents
parading up and down the scarred asphalt.
Car tires whir
and patrons accidentally skip their shoulda been
toll change out the window
and let summer seep into their rusted boxcars
as people launch fireworks and bullets
at ungodly hours.


Drive Up

Coffee shop loitering regulars 
trot by the pond behind the drive-up,
the alley reeking like a 
high school cigarette bathroom 
tarnished with dry paper towel ink
and cardboard thoughts
with scribbled streak scrawl
of study hall poetry.


Heart/Head/Everything/No Bread.

My heart dilates my eyes
proceeding to pencil sharpen 
my tap-dancing fingers
as his leather coat paper airplane glides
and whirs the revolving door 
like the kickback of a chicken’s head
flying off for target practice,
or a can in No Man’s Land
shot to hell like a wandering baseball
just eyein’ your jackhole of a neighbor’s
front window
and the rubber-band drops into my system
giving me some sort of 
rollercoaster shock from electric bar syndrome
not yet invented
and tells me to give a chance

and love him.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Heath Brougher - Two Poems

Ask scrooge,,
scrack (ash);;—
Tampa houses,
temporal hoses;
hrrrrip! (octo;;),,
folio scag..,
Cesar (fl0);;>
stric (t) sock;;—
stone vipers,,
ska ksa (id),,
ir 8 (I ate)d;
ribcage rubteeth,,
wren (WREN) wren;; to Punch
a passenger pigeon;
picka FINCH—
sun (a;;’)—
scream vesper;;
cream bats
(otco) o’clock,,
pull pills;
spitless scrounge sock vitamin S;
(17,000 mi)les downthroat
contagious venomà
Question Screen,,
vile vitals;;
stich sick sticks — throat WARD;;
stung by poisontooth;
don’t say a darkword;
scrambled scotch;;
of asp after asp after ASP!!


notetaking noteworthy
territory terrestrial
bloated tertiary syphilis
GODzillas everywhorl!
clock misticks;
--------ance flicks;;—
Reptilian wreckage—
,, magnanimous moth.
night save day
ochre  ;;
rubber ORE ;;—
(egg cet ERA)

(spoiled rotgut windchime children).

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Lawrence Upton - Birdsong


                                         may be


come here then

yes?                                         all right
  yes?                                      all right
      yes?                               all right
            yes?                   all right

now        now now        now now

                   me me?
                      me me?
                          me me?
                               me me?
                                                         may be

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Jesse DeLong - Two Poems

The Greeks had it Wrong, About the Gods

What’s not in time
cannot imagine what it’s like to suffer

loss, and cannot measure the slowly eroding

cell, and as such, wouldn’t be like us—
The infinite wouldn’t be like anything

we could envision. An indescribable god, a god outside
of limits, yes, the Hebrews were wiser.

Smart enough to say
nothing, they couldn’t even name him. Look, the wind

hits the bushes and we attribute it to a predator
because there is no survival cost in false alarms.

So, too, do we give the gods agency of change.
Let them be not there—most accurate.

Accept this, though: the world is a better place
because we die.

To experience grief, loss, struggles, failures,
and to overcome them, once in a while, if we are lucky,

and to know by nature the world is zero
sum, that is not all, but part of being human:

“When we are tempted, as many of us are
at times, to wish that our own lives could go on forever,

often what we are wishing is that some version of our lives
we are now leading could continue without end.”

A version of our lives where we die.

This according to Scheffler, not my words, but copied
here, and passed on, hopefully without error—

It is its own sort of life. Watch it multiply in you.

5 may 2015 

And then there are days
when a woman drives down
from Mississippi to give
you a handjob
& she leaves right after. No
fuss. Ok. O
K. And then there are
days when the afternoon
showers are over
but clouds still filter
the sun. The wind’s
an unsweaty sheet. She pulls out
of the parkinglot, doesn’t
look back. Ok. O
K. You can watch the game.
And then there are days
when you don’t have
to ride the bus,
the store is across the street,
you buy a three dollar
bottle of wine, pork strips,
Tony’s marinade, & High
Life Light
for later. Ok. So she left
early. You can watch
the game. You pour a glass
of wine for yourself.
You are here now.
The glass gleams.
The wine drips
down the stem.
This is

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

J. D. Nelson - Five Poems

diamond grip push-ups

were it ten
tons, this Auraria

I’d need the warp
to get the sun

chores for
hurt warden

wrapped around you
like a year of moths


danderklee the eventual yes


rivery styx to pick up plainly
wearing watermelon shoes

them beatles
were they on the moon too


all over everything like the word

I made it rain in the diorama earth

water ghost was like a blue sheet on the line
the red sheet was a mad plaid

a new duck!
we shall call him bethlehem

water ghost was all over the lake like fireworks


spurk live bell you’ll groan

remembering the money & to stop and get it
ok I am rich so what now let’s do everything

went back for more chip & dip

too loose on earth & the money was gone
oh well this is another fine day to know nothing


bitten by a horse fly

welcome to violent atlantis
I am a shoe

is that a flavor

especially when it’s dark-dark
& the lightning is pink or blue

Thursday, June 27, 2019

jim leftwich & steve dalachinsky - capsized whahaha tomes

familiar routes expect vocational
     castles folded into the cream
             of beehives ruined by
         cherished identities
            dents in the cheekbones
                behavior patterns
                     crime/wave goddardian
                        apertures rem/roots
                 creek beds demented presidents
             caviar from bees
         the patter of terns
     guardian dodo cravings
the square root of "perturb"
      rooting for the home team to lose
                   academy lopsides
             top hats in a sea of red dresses
                     redressed as lost her eyes in
             capsized democracies
         tame boots & looser tomes
     the red badge of the sea cat
last seen near easter island
         horizons shattered familias
             become unrecognized tortoise
    chambers under the lash of whahwhahahahas
the beak of the camel is a cognizant
     porpoise flash-clambering among our
          familiars chattering the horizontal aphorisms
               of the mad hatter in unedited routines.

february 2019

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Christopher Barnes - Putting You Through Now, Caller

“Putting You Through Now, Caller.” (21)

“Squizzed at me, all pulled out.
A reality-crunch measure?
The earreach of a farewell gasp is roses in May.
Take it uncomplaining, headwaters will.”

“Okes, rabies-dancer,
Your cheque’s in the postbag.”

“Putting You Through Now, Caller.” (22)

“Dog-eared his tab, jiggled it into my shirt pocket.
Even the horizon cracked.
Mullarkey was woozy, beefy as a nun.
Intemperate kickback for one go.
I snooped enough?”

“Mistrust is gravity, honey.
A profitable chore boy’s defunct.”

“Putting You Through Now, Caller.” (23)

“Frankness ink-slung onto roadhouse paper.
I got churned by the tidings.
Skin-flickers also unveil in white.
Duplicate explanation? – the plaything’s oofy.
Bob for an invitation.”

“Knew she was in Blind Alley.
Who’s got the revolver?”

“Putting You Through Now, Caller.” (24)

“Sly-looking at the mere, Eileen was.
Valium owned her lullaby.
You’re a trigger-quick practitioner.
Hunched the Dodge was swiped –
Too gleamy for Big Al.”

“Don’t chop-chop elsewhere.
Witnesses might spare us.”


“Putting You Through Now, Caller.” (25)

“Repper’s mush corrugated with petulance.
Thought he was at end lengths.
Such a foozle.
Switchblade hasn’t been dug up.
Jimson weed reels in barley
But this isn’t a gala day.
Known him eons?”

“Shouldn’t be nudging anything.
Best be meek…outside.”