Wednesday, August 19, 2015
THE OTHER SIDE
Deaths in the evening, births in the morning.
Homely are the tuxedos for family mourning.
I’ll always remember when you touched my heart:
it was gelatinous and smelled vaguely of Rene Descartes.
I’m glad I disassembled you and put you back together.
I bought the turkey dinner made from imitation leather.
Let us raise our flamethrowers in celebration!
I have joined the national aeronautics and space administration.
Where’s a rotten egg when you need one?
I know of a metaphysical preacher named John Donne.
It is not a cactus, a cheese curd, or a shroud.
Look through the telescope: it’s the Large Magellanic Cloud!
I hope to be a finalist for a prestigious contest.
I’m crossing my fingers not to suffer from cardiopulmonary arrest.
Greg Santos is the author of Rabbit Punch! (DC Books, 2014) and The Emperor’s Sofa (DC Books, 2010). His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Walrus, Geist, Cosmonauts Avenue, and The Feathertale Review. He is the poetry editor of carte blanche and teaches creative writing to at-risk youth. He lives in Montreal.
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Thursday, August 13, 2015
YOU HAVE 60,000 THOUGHTS IN A DAY
the problem is: it’s not
exclusive. the problem is no one
is perfectly symmetrical and you
are too sensitive. how can we stay
safe from the rodents eating and
feeding on the bleeding brains of
terrorists, eating all the communists
until they operate out of the seams of
what seems like the fever dreamlike
state of affairs we live in. we don’t
live in america anymore. we don’t live
together or apart or forever.
Mallory Feuer fronts the NYC-based, psychedelic rock band the Grasping Straws. It all started with an introductory poetry class taken to fill a writing requirement. That same semester, Mallory bought a guitar and started writing music. At NYU, she studied with poets Matthew Rohrer, Catherine Barnett, Jeffrey Nutter, and Ben Purkert, all of whom had a unique and lasting influence on her lyrical style. The Grasping Straws' first album is available at thegraspingstraws.bandcamp.com.
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Friday, August 7, 2015
MEETING THE DUKE
I just got a dragonfly stoned
not the behaviour one expects
from a man nearing sixty, but fuck it
all four wings of the transparent giant fluttered
when the first waft of blue smoke
rolled over his compound eyes
he didn’t seem to mind
so I shared the rest of my joint
with my newfound helicopterfriend
we were both on the deck of a cottage
on a quiet lake on a quiet day
we both watched the water below us
flat as liquid gets, the wind dead
I doubt we were looking
for the same things
eventually he turned to face me
or at least toward the smoke
I named him Duke
as he flew away sideways
Michael Dennis is a poet from Ottawa, Ontario, who has published widely. Most recent publication: Talking Giraffes (Phafours, Ottawa, 2015). He also produces a blog called Today's Book of Poetry where he talks about books he likes. Visit michaeldennispoet.blogspot.ca.
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