Friday, February 27, 2015

3 poems || John Grey


head-high meats and joints
hang like picked of picked
clean a waves it's I want cut
and thin each slice held up

since I stepped out I kill
a day does it be helped
some ways are must could
eat of her floors

from the you can dive
and swim in a small mile
offshore the ice cold
on your head to the side
each slow breath as though
it were time

and dear you must think
I walk well for I went in
two no one to sit with
or you know what she's like
and a third pot of but I
am not one to vow but that
to ring

at night the boy is
bright is the beat
the dark make of his eyes
this tree he knows
these birds are out
of this pine launch

the here forced to boom
high place in my head
on my else or then
the mid-air waits pure
her boat she drags her
one fell in a new rain
take back our from her
the walls piece of
a sour view


he writes from age
dull cross-complicate
in shred words
letter form
like wedding presents
like the volts of
perhaps the word sent
from lager
from fumes of the inescapable circumstance
from the Winnie the unbeliever
pooh the degenerate ice-man
from the unequivocal
mattress instruction
you are the strong man willed
to broken avenue
language structure
motor symbolism Assyrian as all
re, nanett

and then the remnant
voice arguments
stiff still as the white window
as the Persian guilt
as cement mixer tirade
blue velvet winter egg smash dream
palace of the arcadian blue-bottle
semi-converter odds off the edge of
tomorr'ws plantagent dread echo
dull as fish-paint
as Kandinsky's dick
as the fife drum band
of the licorice stick-up hand manure play kettle
as the void instruction rogue limits
titan of the underwear
broadside saints live in capitalist hill-rocks
movie magician swallows the canine
vestibule best for all convicted
for the soundproofs of halos dictatorial
moon-fast shadow-kicker
wildebeest balloon…
metaphysical ruminant in hodge-podge


crumbs take their places like the members
of an orchestra
rococo roaches promenade across the rusty sink
sun exuviates light up and down
the faded linoleum
wall-paper shreds ripple in window-crack breeze
like a boyhood lake
discarded socks bloom in their own grease
an oasis of off-white wildflowers
splashing in old saliva
seraphim and cherubim mice burst holes in the sugar
packets, gouge on sweetness
curses, like butterflies, float up out of
cracked mouths, raw eyes,
congregate around the
cigarette-stained ceiling
bruises are hung along an arm like paintings
at a gallery
needle tracks await trains giddily like children
the hole in the wall is a way out of and a way into
the poem is one more hole in the wall

poem || Lawrence Upton

to be restrained


with her suburbs
three cities all

and turn away this

also sorry for taking a while 

you and you list the weather 
unless in convergent media areas of refuge

let us register now a return 

everything bleed or cry 

and my voice to another

our city of caves 

the sons of radio television film 
university of our own learning 
basic software networking skills 
our language of all our children
discussing the phenomenon

convergent media for the flood
loveliness dear in the land

who were the garbage

orient your enemies
head boom pure gag 
dripping spread abroad
mine car crash bid
and the name of all 
own learning
basic software 
projects of our substance
breath plucking silver sunset quills from east 
something so wonderful
clean pain
flowers renew libraries
correctly please 
with the whole earth
language of all mirrored words saturating skin

from out of our caves he suburbs

four cities in their own learning
children of some nuns i stayed with
dribbling in galilee
substance radio television film 
clutch a great altar
within the breeze
the transfigured lover a person
saturating voice in all that's commanded
convergent media world
someone going cross roads
head boom gag form 

subject cumulation
every one after the tongues in shade
forgetting mumble
melted jetstream wealth underneath
gnostic mentor
weeping bleeding statues
shriven of breath
high heels
bread dump sags lint feather petunias 
in their tongues one irreconcilable
think a city of one
other among the thousands
these are people going
to love beauty
to be restrained 
the idea of tongues in ciphers
princes of weeping

poem || John Pursch


I exceed expectations
I expect excess
I expectorate excessively

I am the spitting image

Half of me is undertaker
Underwater given over

To quelled eruptive overflow
Of life’s everlasting bath

In salty shellfish disregard
For all beyond my foolish nose

Ignoring sight and smell and touch
Or hint of suffering’s omnipresent


Friday, February 20, 2015

3 poems || John Pursch


Who’da thunk that
Real-time injection
Of whitespace cormorants
On black-eyed window sills
Would shell the mystery
Of solid nougat
Online dreams
In drowsy island


Avuncular havoc
In habit-forming
Farmhand sabotage
Of thresher heart
Soiled separately
Have rendered our
Precious dusty center



Hectaborilian coramitarat pron tu embirasion
quom querulon sim smuliactiar horble fron
corbilian chorpium cendifuliaque scrob
mortianbizier svepudiat mortian whenxle,
grene scor cempian pargiom scantier greft,
crendle squaggie schiptorom ophtibantule.

Kamow sophty chemp guarfion
excrudgit plempere regulon toubie,
plephty-flenturon extuborilian wharst com
crample hyse coureliam renculajary whockle,
prenzuba ephrendious atilanski ploncky whecturon
wronky gren motuftiable chubble shourphite,
clenz palompest attendura epolinjectica
noncarboital episoloidal crontule,
zepter excee arcrontian sleypage plon
argimeniad mypter ojohf immencible gorphian
castetire promadle caperphen ardencie.

Howal sen evomer purdle arway crattle,
grimpiodisque soteque emepit essuon,
gloptie charper ensonant helmociem
gravepeth suan galler chlotage,
whed bey parallugan hemothal phrain tazo
corlian wrankidge segurian exteremiustal plarth.

Sandette, crouphop-oth gongtue thempurgal
pruntlings ingou amsure ciable braizuristmus glonphe,
toufea engroumieade souvemear cren porphien
dorsmeandle flompy du chaipi ascee,
scim haician opsingle eptian auxwitsch,
poulaibee tarimun einder suan huv hamp
quenquoitier phremounter swang porpally krund
erpson (donout balliet munchay-alle-spenchorbile)
efftipalien blurchmat atien groph tubaster.

Houkanue skiefet garrouen pharsoa
clung hapanie swandie malouchy,
smoaliephul quelgue sweirintine
phent alieter gupine cwine?

Umbilical Rain

Searing idle icicle grog
within assailant clues,
encomia in purple prefects
justify agricultural samovar messiahs
in phases of extruding hen shoulders,
schnockered on shooting stereotypes
of paginal undertow,
foveal grapevine statues in heather,
and flowing fettle’s funnel corn miscreant,
turned fallow by asexual waveforms of the night.

Sullied heft scans
eyelid dent infusion milt
for youngster crank bucolic udder dance mechanic
lollipop extraordinary nation prize concoction steam
on elevated highwaymen
of mothballed cucumber brachiation mints,
told desperately to wistful junk espousal cans
of mutilated hope.

All meets emptied plural songs
from questionnaire probation fog
down memorizing duckpin lapidary pupae
torn to dilatory cyclic planks
of sooty lusty pooch entrainment videos
in visceral malaise of moon town gazetteer cacophony
gone cloture-free to inguinal eddy mortuary bayou
tendon tambourine umbilical rain,
falling sleet chunk salt tamp breastbone chickens
into abscissa conundrum seasoning
of brothel wax monkeys
on hypodermic atrial flavor beds
in sated cheese sheet retrofit.

poem || Jeff Harrison

On Retina Lane

from now on the money's
about sentences
if you think you can place
that surprise litany
around your eyes
are Americans, they're tentacled
their wishes are killing looks
blood dots graven with forgets
iron ceilings' subtexts strangle
sentences with flags American
enough for ten-day sheets
but there's only a two-dream page
you're going to be executed for
another subtext's strangle
you're locked up & it's out free
riding around in a new Ford Arcenceil
shopping for papyrus lingerie
setting lofty flags where words were wanted
writing buttons to ward off
a slave temperature on Retina Lane

Saturday, February 14, 2015

text || Peter Ganick


no quitters eindruck gentility spot check nestling surveillance affordahble contradiction guttural merciful grapples northerly parataxis vritti wombat sever nounal resistor finesse grouse beneficence googolplex bivalve coefficient anisette effectual orphan grateful effigy wrought serene sponge raffle seize goer rubric guffaw finesse veep edit vanoish quotient salute quasi salut virtual wrapper erratic velcro mellifluous grasp enripen skipjack atrophy quo qua itself ribald geisha varsity plug stricken rune acclaim well thoughtful entrada filament decoy bottled wiffle answer neoprene actionless mindfuls defray portions effete asleep lioness gangplank tension gimmick neatly protege summarize macular erlebnis heel jurisprudence anno domini speculate misericorde voiceless entreaty nebbish running allotment neither answer bungalow default mondo capriccio silence emerge assurance mitigate ennui sleep vina closure tact ifness quaff riders redacting gear testimentarian reflect greetings elide prosodi absorb world-wrought all-together names meandered elsewhom sanctify orogenesis pristine vale snip reach veined irony callow reads iconic vale horlogerie sweet mimesis neoprene cairn vacancy determinate limnal quantify pounce dreamtime also paramecium gird fakir plaint erasure pliant boisterous eustacean fiber calamari exist grommet vinyl vituperant liminal precedent mignon efficacy dollop halcyon vitrine salamander tango pileation everybody isness falconer graffiti selector mindstyle poacher signturism glottis manicure either sieve lamentation pulse geek symmetry heal dns notation elide caftan puree climbs vivace during latitude dullard appliance gasp introit governance duet sniffle navigation sortings elate mindstyle refuge ascosis grainy dusk mainland hopeful graffiti leach either widening usine blockage heeding saltpeter midnight frailty operator viral suprematist occlude picture academe stalling voter aegis luminary plasticity vascular motto lean vineyard plus together de familiarity evasive nectar immerse fakir psalter unit rune asleep iteration elementally cogent graffiti naturals egg assail prelude demonstration eloquent nths qua qua get-go siege aloha minus fallow incessant either broken site warming sluice foible gtatitude mealy toot insignia falcon embarrass documentation windless imperial vulcan mirror stabilize overture tonic available root sonata versatile procedure geiger momentum assail devaluate siren assist evening oases brigand hopeful glaceau omit allowed grit sorting defensive small toon asemic becalming fremd pilot mantra immerse pilfer quizzical procure each rhetorical flesh vend grapple either immerse galleon grandoise vaguely opinionate flavored integer mascot augury opiate select inventory blemish until preclude tilde famish angle douse robust fleck nightly nettle neither rime geek ransom glory procedure longing asleep grammatical furor gesture also genetic alien engulf tour enamel pixie gallantine mosquito evaluator seismic upheaval lightly forested mitten scrutinize elate mondial piteous serpentine alhambra incurable retune ductile took sonata omit remodel either window funny sanitary nightfallen grapple slightly pursuit vessel ort hammer hiatus storage cactus history antler vide mandala implode intractable least muffin aside snail happen shorn ashen cufflink sans souci riot grip engulf tantalus repatriate mainstay numerical analytic nicean puree eachness vector placebo listen seize gratitude nodular puckish errata novitiate assorted plectrum viable guffaw stoke inmost name before tachyon beaded utmost prelude signature toss invent fitness noumena deplete fabric oceanside washout befuddle illbience latinate mote scrupule infraction elegaic mightiness wonder quantification lob essence torn allot mindstyle preposterous imminence provoke dissonant clubfoot aside leach genuflect apse jejeune anybody lag tend fiesta moebius grail entourage seismic looking fife nasturtium nothing moot warming elation lesser gnosis trouble falcon epithalium bevel room song rate-snapper inventory plug sestina enamel vanishing implode cloaking scrimmage eocene plague torn unit remove guarantor pluck bloat rubric avail gigantic cessation least cosmic erewhon valuation bucolic riffle hotel rhythmic energetic salutation epoche defensive rondeau gnit oats showcase engrave couldn’t lutenist gravure dusk prim escargot spotcheck scan venue noose vitrine latte federal pine-cone traffic gem affiliate mirror powerful eidos signature klatsch nightly loofa introit mogul sienna noun voice tariff veneer plateau mondial cuvee emeritus aggression vielle contaigon saith bitnet smog filtration epilogues assail dint opt happenstance berger andiron eiderdown network sacral novitiate lease oppress migraine avoirdupois negotiates small opt hackney arrowhead fusilade merriment qi plistocene drogue broach pylon engulf pyre cagey noesis opaque motion span motionless panache saith proche double star

3 poems || John Pursch

Same Ohnofred

Periodic flavors shuck past tarpaulins 
in tambourine fan trampling toffee, 
humbly soaping townhome stitching corridors 
with natural sin elegance, 
redacted into vulpine commonality 
and whirling verdant idiosyncratic noumena 
of baseball frenzy. 

“Chest propinquity dill satchels 
and ewers compartmentalize data 
laid cricket sidelong to enemy bygones, 
sidling culled scars betwixt 
empirical nylon polyp retraction wrists 
in curvy ballast trademark cracks!” 
wheezed Quintessential Quentin, 
Same Ohnofred’s killing snorkeler 
from quelled blond reefer mutinies 
beyond aggrieved comportment winders. 

Plugboard jockeys mesmerize 
a field hand’s moaning lorry monster 
into phlegm attraction chewing grime, 
espousing chipped coughs 
in pool hall hooky lunchbox pallor, 
stooping solely to concur with crazy corsairs 
held in mid-flight hemorrhage 
by bodily intrepid sucking fleas, 
stunned daily. 

Torn into a slanting wedge, 
hairline culture amethyst 
exposes flaws in flat falsetto diorama milt, 
flossing miniscule bicuspid tunes 
for rhythmic cello stipend benders, 
hidden more than foaming keys alloy, 
entice, or insidiously indemnify 
in twenty-lesion knowledge paste’s 
antsy hookup dwell time. 

Traitors sweeten heaps of shinnying 
prebiotic millstone choirs, 
flopping comely hugging pairs 
in heftily submerged illicit fusion.

Anhedonic Avenue

Slum times eye swan two 
winch sup mire fuel itch 
tire gyration track of trickle pan 
or amicably freckled goosey Lucy 
Kalamazoo Sea opportunistically 
topographical klaxon 
so fructified sin portent ounce 
choosily breadbasket floozy 
on loopy slain mop-up shove 
crosshatch turnip blow 
flummoxed and segmented 
trollop of Mali in Caring von Antebellar Top Quart 
Gallon o’ Noggin hind Queequeg loggin’ champion 
kept fir phlegm compendium Sartre 
which Sighland of starter’s pestle 
in morticians of chain gang ring lung 
cobble whose her flabby parting grifter 
come cruise play guppy drown inspected 
windy bare tooth on Anhedonic Avenue, 
tied aloof to cheeky loaf-handed bullion barkeep 
paramour of slippery scream conned 
west of natal elephantiasis, 
long enmeshed in nobly porn keg kin 
can tumid shins of Hessian tramcar Z’s.

Sweeping queerly unto coughed repercussions 
of cashew pickings willed to whale nose 
pinner flan reward so turnstile island smock-alike 
when quartile blemish sucking wand wristy wishing 
swelter turned stalactite ritual prestidigitation 
to monsieur ala madman Adam grin luckily posh 
asterisks cooped flipper bolide preferential nausea 
fear brawny prate of brick-a-bollocks hex 
or texting thriver into granaries eluding 
keel bereavement justice palace meat. 

Pet haul tea coffee were gonna flim flam bumper cob 
to blimp he sill pan denture hover horizon shift 
at oriental fan fusion kit shelled petulantly 
on starkest gantry sour.

Scanned Adieu

She caved in every thin monkey’s behind
from dandy joints on Queasy Sheet
quiescent spurt line lean ahead
to gleaning prowess flower-top grins
of fig ration couth in flea bubble ghetto mirth.

Earthen mirror of paltry matinees in tertiary kitsch
grafted peso salad folio to tourney swimming urn key
roaming hostage plethora from boon mean playtoy
undulation bottle web contamination train delay.

He kneaded sums where breast-high shed fur pleased him,
half her nights of handled daisies quaintly running sand
in porter mimic blaring ducts to elderly demonic bores.

Know when news claims cover cheesy riser pins
of sultry hoary valuation clicks in cropped bite swarms,
akin to Salad Veal A.K. Ten Frying Gun,
pontificating ad noon and ironic swim suit
jangle’s chin-up palpitation flesh,
swung soup fleet jot ham sea quaking?

Shun do hinge equality just quarter hefty accent,
slag year espoused table leaf ease
to rally prom chimp in forking sanctuary,
lime Snobby Quotient onto
crouch o’ Scanned Adieu in hoary stelae,
leg ma whiffer whale pone crushed corsair
hire flagellated baseboard clap.

Wind on knelt oar nude soar blimey
seven canoed tipsy gunnery glue
fer crotchety earwig ass supple ewe,
calling stalled pars to slake Ollie Cup Line
fear waddle sever Digger Tweeds coulda coffer
editorial sedition shove snort able dexterity
in sepia desk slide murmur.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

5 poems || Ric Carfagna


violin    grey
     of music     sag
          and gravity’s
day       diminishing
of life     returning
to           dust


Cold stone
eclipsing     moon
through    lattice frame
(and life-force
and process
           then corridors
incarnated     stasis
unseen (by)


Snows gloss
then shadow’s
as fragments
and patterns
of sun    leaving
with oblique afterbirth


as soot occludes
and the transparency
of crows
on stairwells
diminished      gardens
as weeds      culled…
          or a logic
as a window
where light streams


Deep in the race
explosions sleep
a ghost’s         static

text || Lawrence Upton


for Alaric Sumner

Lawrence Upton

To be read slowly and very precisely, enunciating each word meticulously, perhaps fussily, in places, letting each word chime or clatter as it will. To be developed as a performance in a workshop approach.
Space in this text is loosely notational Loops as in tape loops.

end it if another

their the, their it

happier was, happier various

say afar: May thing

now from yourself slick

Sight, fun! Now I.

Something see! happened see!

natural racing were fast

words discountenanced called he

since of scientific morality

Resist of resist science!

You humanity
composedly against...

Be there. Some objective!

"We'd immediately said together

Enjoy fast; answer fast.

There's us. Evolution decreed.

but drink as - ah!

primitive heredity, a he

the lives, the down

go off me there

sooner ourselves, spark all

globe words: it's fatal

trouble or in apparently

the rang the rang

the best
floor to

close will in which

close will in which

it was, ferro-concrete the

someone, city: from docks
or is it clocks

another circulation world: she

his fading of the

words will be the

his silence swords security

extinction his, extinction the

look, woman, removing but

had read no novels

wicker-work faces: the they

the some translucent shadow-entangled

the negligible radio trunks

would deal synthetic we

origin but a word

I the, I'm awry






now a disappointing know

bodies touchingly only spontaneously

touch bringing through me!

rabbit of no dreams

producing trouble
to say

I I the I

mentality worst
no deadliest

women unpleasantly in distaste

metal gun stretched still

A a enunciating there
renamed its puny when

and on thought  all
where a smell was

not body
air the






the first least reach

of thought isn't as

the centre four-footed and

no me is me!

reached the crisis?

real has

alleviating the many it

the retrieved faded he

he believed his I

the firmament streams wrongly
down in this vegetation

down in this vegetation

the firmament streams wrongly

what couldn't hurt Einstein

slowly the
it two

they're his night day

table and untouched years

on the determinism goodbye

her gloom hands heavenly

he demolition? to beginning

indicate and wall finding

another intellect not some

tolerates floor, silences fruits

geography-wise part-loved like commanding

made communications murkier being

body lower, body riding

overjoyed window, self-destruct window

then drop brown back