Poetry

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The Great Displacement and Lol Bot Is Serious by Ben Nardolilli

The Great Displacement the cooling towers are peeling down to earthas the unused rails bend around them,the trinity of the atom is far from supercritical other smokestacks follow along in the dance,their bricks give way to red dust,at their feet, the carcasses of cars still smolder the flying buttresses and nave of the highwayhave pancaked …

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The Snake River and other poems by John Grey

THE SNAKE RIVER River is a snake,won’t straighten its backbonefor any stretch of land.Sure, its waters all dump outinto the ocean eventuallybut, when traveling downstream,it prefers the scenic route Farmland, houses, bridges,it takes them all in.And, when it comes to town planners,it’s mischievous.Main Street’s shaped like a dumb grin.Streets are so windy,cars see the vehicle …

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Bittersweet Reminder and other poems by Gerry Fabian

Bitterweed Reminder Your memoryfollows melike heat rayson a summer day. I perspireand each beadof salty waterhas the tart tasteof your bizonal tongue. The melting street asphaltreminds meof how you sculpted mewith each chameleon mood. Twilightand dark cool evening breezesaugment the sunburn stingthat remains. Revving Up The neighbors gossipsignals rearview mirror escape.Hit the acceleratorand don’t pretend …

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Benjamin Blaze’s Birthday and Ars Poetica by Gerard Sarnat

Benjamin Blaze’s BirthdayAt 1 st all groovy, gift,Waterfalls plus kayakingBlew out 8 candles asBro Evan Wilder admiresBefore their energeticCousin-brothers who flewIn for the celebrationBegan to dwindle—whichWas attributed to oddFood ‘til one said he can’tTaste anything that ofCourse led to his PCR testThen sadly gathering’sAborted anti-serendipitouslyOn virginal anniversary June24.22 SCOTUS Dobbs ruling ARS POETICA “Critics! Can’t …

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Two Voices by Mark McConville

We stand at the edge of lifeWishing to savour the last of the timeWe have in this loopThough we see everything fraying,Dying and corrupting.You dance the last danceWhen I drink the last drinkI take the last draw of a cigaretteThat infusion of nicotineBreaks the tension.You look younger than meBeautifully presented like a box of prizesYour …

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Crash At Intersection 2 on June 16, 2005 and Summer Weekends by Devon Neal

Crash at Intersection 2 on June 16, 2005 I always thought it would sound like a screaming crunch,like aluminum cans mashing slowlyin the closing maw of a vicegrip.Or that the stiff skin of the windshieldwould instantly lightning into a network of neurons.Instead it was a thick metal taplike two robots high-fivingand then afterwards, worse than …

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