Thursday, October 31, 2013

poem || Lawrence Upton

Policy Statement

Evade responsibility for meaning's total,
& this is a value & a type,
whether it is a wall or medium.
You must be delivered to reason:
what is quiet, which is enough, rather than
the actual work, is release.

First glimpse of the content is raucous, transitional.
Meaning occurs. You are correct in identifying typographical detail.

Check all sources. It will be affordable
in co-operation with comparisons,
a publication of the space
to work with important information
variations within budgetary constraints,
the purpose to integrate appropriateness,
a defensive pose.

3 poems || John Pursch

Attic Taste

Not against the shaven trees 
of sobbing solvent’s solitary ambit, 
humming omnidirectional vagaries 
of flavored solecisms and puerile attic taste 
resort to partial biologic wherewithal, 
steamed suitably placid by inching 
semi-sonic cheese portents 
of newfound wintry deckhand socks 
in flexible nylon underpinnings, 
flying to flayed disease repulsion.

Eerie products mesmerize 
a filial toothbrush revolver, 
toroidal in its august dancing strips, 
tricked to phonic yo-yo kettles, 
bequeathing neutral hayseeds.

Knotty Dray

Teeming portents halt to aim 
at toilet wink’s cooperation. 

Now spackle’s airing 
a stretched pout of 
antsy teeny watts, 
Dry horde, 
knotty dray, 
et al. 


eat this smoke this drink this suck this buy this buy this buy this buy this need this want this be this watch this hate this like this want this have this burn this know this feel this touch this kiss this hug this own this steal this will this love this get this need this smoke this drive this suck this buy this buy this buy this know this feel this watch this like this kill this love this buy this try this screw this bleed this do this dream this drool this smoke this wear this kill this throw this shoot this try this screw this drip this hear this love this buy this suck this shine this beat this eat this smell this fly this dream this touch this be this sell this feel this try this buy this sweat this drop this be this grow this take this steal this want this do this watch this get this got this have this do this steal this shave this kill this puke this run this freeze this cook this cut this tear this save this buy this buy this run this crash this kill this save this hate this love this be this want this wow this know this crunch this do this miss this ship this fan this shuck this stimulate this propagate this recite this fax this wax this pacify this simplify this vilify this signify this sift this hit this be this script this drip this shoot this smoke this eat this pump this stomach this cook this amplify this mystify this preempt this redeem this indemnify this resuscitate this groove this defibrillate this commodify this remember this confess this regulate this gyrate this whirl this swig this pop this burn this say this fizz this hiss this move this smell this sell this ring this query this bury this believe this wonder this propose this wash this wear this hear this zip this shock this daze this faze this send this wet this postulate this can this jest this con this juggle this don this do this stress this be this burp this cry this bust this pretend this ease this steal this covet this toss this at this wish this fear this fly this dare this wax this buy this buy this golf this personify this reinstate this type this memorize this satirize this plagiarize this finagle this axe this undress this shake this toggle this hornswoggle this differentiate this disavow this penetrate this disintegrate this recombine this impersonate this misinterpret this scour this gain this hush this put this own this claim this calumniate this repeat this doubt this savor this stick this assume this countermand this fry this threaten this warp this swap this sweeten this pummel this stripe this predict this complicate this relearn this mutate this inculcate this laminate this lubricate this broach this tie this concatenate this reconcile this mention this ossify this inundate this engender this endure this eroticize this bend this striate this pan this relax this comb this hiss this disinter this emulate this populate this scramble this remember this be this now this

6 poems || Felino A. Soriano


struggle the often-clarity
halt of
                   simmering light’s
to engage-escape            through window of branch-hands, their
happenstance of angles
cannot splay
culture of alphabetic chaos                         :                           the child entertains
imagine as the woven emblems
respells intuitive



i’ve positioned
segregated nuances
fictional memories
catapulted    |’s
       serrated in the dynamic of rough-moment
wander as the predicated existence
extracted focus-fulcrums
enough of blurred counteraction to
clarity’s role as inward prose of
articulated perspectives


undersurface from the silvered-green
           age of hoarfrost
stranded strands of functioning discard

dainty in the smile of finalized
                    an emblem thus
thinking regarding status and expiration of colors
waving within their woven timeline
finalized into reflectional prose of
patina’s subjective obligation


together in this nothingness of annual
the interpretation of re-

sound of glass expands into echoes of
nouns and their following                   enactments


solicited freedoms
folded-first outward crease, the abrupt
sharpness of anti-curl
           the crow and neighboring
  correlate in the meaningful fascination with                                   flight’s ornamental
waves of wander

certainties of artistic forwarding
found amid cotton colors                   and the distance of nuance
aggregates soar as

flail in the controlled mention of elation’s ineffable        running


the white-of origami senses (born or becoming or bathed-with rotating hands of oscillating welcome)

the clarity of glass-on light’s
merging synthesis          bulb and bridge the ongoing
search and fundamental flail                                the eyes’ rotate
                   and rid
     outward shapes
their togetherness of blur
broken by the outward reach of hands and their

2 poems || Nazar Honczar

translated from Ukrainian to English by Volodymyr Bilyk


the Door

Ode to Bed, or Lullaby for Thyself

My bed -
My poem-atelier
My bed -
My broadest friend

Somebodies bed -
do you sleep English?
Somebodies bed -
shlafen Sie Deutsch?

My bed -
My bed-ua
My bed -
is my mankind bad.

Monday, October 28, 2013

poem || Lawrence Upton

Embarrassment of knowing

Embarrassment of knowing, restrictive passages; contentment flattened; choking, or starting to. This is no digression: it is a moment in a life.

Dull tiring existence, effects delayed. Photographs in envelopes. Living, dead.

Indirect knowledge in a mental notebook of relative luxury insolently admits everything; seizes a landscape of city, beginning to be cut off, continuing without observation.

Without an exit, someone had said, said it gently; with unquestioning loyalty to filling up silence.

Polymorphous laughing hugs and trances; the unpleasant thrill of flashbacks. Lascivious shadows cleaning the inside of each expression. Cornucopias of lewd-headed arguments transforming systems of conscious control; the pleasures of opportunity ecstatically sentimental.

An altered artificial form. Shattered shrieking, blood to blood, walls knocked down without meaning it. A condition of complete undress, oneself existing simultaneously, cumbersome, crucial.

6 poems || Ivan Luchuk

translated from Ukrainian to English by Volodymyr Bilyk

O deus N - 
O Dio. Xena.

To Virgil 1
Maroon the fierce!

To Virgil 2
Maroon, severe.


Easy Honczar N.
My safe-tie
whose stork?

Chronicles of change of stratum
Been drinking
Change of stratum
Been drinking

4 poems || Hugh Tribbey


Kittens petition Congress for better cheeseburgers.
Kittens get video makeovers, bringing cute to a whole new level.
A Congressional baseball game frees kittens.

Readers sound off on kittens.
For free online cat games, 12-year-old girls throw kittens to their deaths.
A flapper kills a kitten in a fit of rage.
Firefighters play kitten ball for exercise.
Congress should regulate violent games.

Congress rescues a deadline from a 38-mile car ride in a wheel well.
Cats hate Congress even more.

Teen cats pass a bill to end the shutdown.

NYPD shoots a Guardsman who threw a kitten in front of a car.


Yellow Dun Avero
challenges the Memphis Queen
of the 24-hour front desk
to a horse game.

Aboriginal access to engineering
proves cold enough for thick ice.

Poised and cool
the Queen of the Modern Soap Opera
cuts Lee’s supply lines.

The Ice Queen was King Hussein’s friend
many years ago.

The Snow Queen and the Pea are
too hot for Swamp Gas.

With their Black Label and white lies, 
the Feds investigate Redneck Day.

Incapable of breaking sea ice
with the warm air of June 1860,
a Civil War buff  in Houston
joins Seward on the River Queen.  


Bad Entity rolls ambiguity (read as immaculate non-urban drum majors).
Unexcelled refinement necks with evasion to eliminate the luster of attached labels.
Under novocaine events blur eurhythmic, a blintz twilight.
Drug legislation is one tent—redistributing dog emotions, encouraging reports, and shooting wimp alligators.
Enema acts lurk.


tin lack below tail of peso.
outside wimp crunch but lack sorties, stilts

as tin smote below rollers and spores and lobster
suck between blunder, princess simper and squander wimp.
and blunder smote on top of peso of gorilla through spores

but rollers flack in slice, handcream squander out
handcream.  suck through crud, lube glorify amid peso.
lurk within princess, rollers swish, glorify under Islamization
and over lube, lube crow outside stilts.

spores simper out of Islamization as lobster, smote beside lube
but sweep beyond slice, graphite jimmies under graphite.
stilts simper on top of piss as squander out crud.

spores crunch beside lobster.  lurk beside graphite and
lurk blunder over crud, crud suck as if tin.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

2 pomes || Billy Bob Beamer


a ther wer e bleedin
g. roduct. plaste. oi

luxus "event" accord

nog straig. /redstora
at I on. eferen turne

ting flower vas

y ey. espo. yin glea n
 pla tesrab at nob o d

rt, tow  non-rt. of antiartofact

y. rab at no bo. ver ga
t.e.rison-shi/ros  th'  m

war ds neo on eg o

e sh efe ren  tur     ne
.uch to mur ia ap   peti  te

lighan a sense hum or

 an. crie  .ack-tow  a     lv

carzy bark sadl

lass gu nso loam
parchini    slinnie

shy steer bard vom

oo  jer zy shor t hor n n

ear d ioio t fl an ce abu ut

se ams for cha ni  d ismal l

sty shear lamsid  drabard  d

all flan vin oi oioid f ar   ce       t

apart splin                               t

poem || Jeff Harrison

Fair Enough

issuance pathless
fair unlikeness
porphyry section
allurement enough

fair vorpal
nightingale imposture
Actaeon enough
immure tale

fair Arthur
Hough Clough
Thyrsis surely
elegy enough

allurement pathless
fair imposture
heights voyage
porphyry enough

daylight unlikeness
fair pretense
quenched sense
issuance enough

poem || Chuck Leary


jezebel died for your sins
cleopatra died for your sins

john the baptist died for your sins
st stephen died for your sins

king arthur died for your sins
the lady guinevere died for your sins

joan of arc died for your sins

caravaggio died for your sins

lady jane grey died for your sins

moctezuma died for your sins
metacomet died for your sins

thomas chatterton died for your sins

marie antoinette and charlotte corday died for your sins
nat turner died for your sins

shelley and keats died for your sins
rimbaud died for your sins

lautreamont died for your sins
arthur cravan died for your sins

amelia earhart died for your sins
john dillinger died for your sins

virginia woolf  died for your sins

joe hill died for your sins
sacco and vanzetti died for your sins
the rosenbergs died for your sins

marilyn monroe died for your sins
lee harvey oswald died for your sins

jackson pollock died for your sins
jack kerouac died for your sins
sylvia plath died for your sins

bob marley died for your sins

jimi hendrix and janis joplin and jim morrison died for your sins

andy warhol promised eternal life