[One Two] Three Poems

Being and Feeling

I’ve felt all along, at
once and at different
times, so damn proud
of being, just simply
being and so not proud
of being, just pure
and simple being. This
is this is how I’d
always be feeling as
one long arm made out
of many short arms shoves
down my throat another feeling
of the same kind that I know
to be not worth a damn.

*

March Unmarch and March

grab
grape
bite soft

slap
grim face
say talk

pinch
sleepy feet
stroll on

abhor
primrose highways
jet pack

tear
folios
set fire

marathon
mind
jog errand

distrust
love
face lust

draw
a void
step in

feel
mirrors
embrace

build
conjunctions
splinter circle

eat
paragraphs
sleep hard

breathe
hyperlinks
wake late

wash
tendrils
stumble

life
—many hypercontexts—
go on

**

A Weak Dissent Does Count

Count to ten.
Count to ten
with your fingers.
Make a hard fist
and count to ten
one finger at a time.
Dance, drink, howl.
Drink, howl, celebrate
as I count one to ten
backwards five
fingers at a time
and make a soft
fist of protest.

***

On the Staircase to the Terrace

Seemed like light wouldn’t shine

and then

the long-absent dragonflies glide
– handmade paper planes
over the ten-feet pinnate leaves
whose new flowers splayed out
– a frozen firework
where a sparrow, no, a passerine,
wiggling weensy tail bounces.

Up shoots a two-colored mynah
wings spread out
– an oversized butterfly.
Down shoot parakeets

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from, what, manmade rocket launchers.

Been shady days and nights.
With puffy eyes and all,
no wonder, the sky’s gray.
The sky’s a mess,
prepping for the feast.

Birkensnake 7, Y’all

Birkensnake 7 is live in its entirety (in various formats) for your perusal and it contains my I, Y’know Who, Having Stepped Into Well Street.

The print version of the magazine can be got by reading out loud any short or short-short story into your phone (or any neat recording device) and emailing it over to the people responsible for the creation of this artifact. Although it isn’t mandatory, readers outside the US might want to consider chipping in postage.

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Look, did I or did I not say, this is a glittering artifact!

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In Nether VI

Issue VI of Nether features works of poetry and prose by many (writers of all ages and stripes – old, new, obscure, in translation, what have you), including my prose piece called Lines. It can be ordered from flipkart.com, amazon.in or ordered directly from nethermagazine.org

 

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