March 22, 2011

Holy Crap You Guys I Don't Even Know Right Now

1) We're over at now 
2) You'll need a WordPress account
3) All the stuff posted here is there too, and the project carries on

So, a thing that has come to light is that Blogger only allows up to 100 authors per blog. We are already more than halfway there! That is awesome but also terrifying. Because of this, we've decided to move to our own domain! features all your poems and comments up until this post, and has no limit on the number of posters allowed! Every person alive can poem there if they feel like it! Even dead people if they got to a computer in hell or something!

However, with awesome news always comes news that pisses you off. For example: you'll need a WordPress account to post at the new one instead!

So, because of this bullshit, we'll be sending out invites to all the currently-listed email addresses, and if they're not found in the WordPress database, you can let us know (again) at letpeoplepoems at gmail dot com when you've registered with WordPress, meaning, follow the same process you followed to post here, but with WordPress instead of Blogger.

By doing this, we can stay an open community of posters, and not become an elite cadre of first-comers who were first-served and are stuck with each other forever.

We hope that you'll be understanding with the situation; after all, it's all thanks to you that we have to do this! In fact, we blame you for this mess! Go on, get out of here! And don't come back without a WordPress account!

smoking and skinny jeans by omar de col

i want to write a zombie film
where the main character quits smoking
the same day as the zombie apocalypse
then in the trailer
the tag line will be (in a dramatic trailer voice over)
"he picked the wrong day to quit smoking"
the main character will be wearing skinny jeans
and they will become highly impractical
after 2-3 days

My Feelings by R.Lindley


you say I talk about my feelings too much,
so I’m going to write them down for you instead:

I love you… and I fucking hate you.
You call me annoying, but I just think you’re weak.
You call me cute; this pisses me off.
You think I’m immature? You can’t even slap two pieces of bread together and call it a sandwich.

Yeah, a hoover for my birthday was a great gift,
I could use it to eliminate all the crap from my life.
One swing and you were down.

I’m glad you forgave me for that though, everything’s better.
Now we can get on with the rest of our
fucked up, beautiful life together.

the pains of being alive by blake west

i feel nothing while listening to rainer maria 
after you have fallen asleep 
i can still see you on my computer screen
i am tired and will fall asleep
‘next to you’ soon
i search the internet for an old ‘emo’ band
i saw in chino hills, ca, as a kid whose name
i can’t remember
i can't find the band
it feels like summer is close and i want it to be close
and i want to be back in your bed and i want to 
sleep forever 

A fart cycle. by rod naquin

I will not make any more boring farts.

A very interesting and institutionally reified fart celebrated by all critics and benefactors in all stations of the proliferating artworld.

You cannot see me because I am a fart.

"To see something as art requires something the eye cannot descry—an atmosphere of theory, a knowledge of history: a fartworld." Danto

I am making farts.

"A certain social institution (the fartworld) has conferred the status of candidate for appreciation." Dickie

A fart not found.

A fart infinitely expanding; a circularly manifested and argued fart residing in manifold silence. A fart modified and exquisitely detailed.

A way silly fart.

A fart I can't even stop laughing at cause it was so dumb and it really sounded funny, kind of like an animal noise or something.

A fart you never even heard of but that's sort of why it's really, really cool.

A really expensive fart.

A fart implicitly considered as art.

I'm starting to think that all the things a fart does are all the things an art does.

I'm your resident fartist!

Why Art Is Like A Fart

I was going to do an art for the kids but turns out there ain't nothing better than a fart.

We join our farts together and do not claim them as our own.

A very serious and philosophically principled fart preceded by years of technical study and supported critically by agents of the fartworld.

A fart that started as an art that hence has fallen all apart and ought regard a thought as naught accordingly as all the smarts had taught.

This is all your fart.

This is all your art.

It's so funny the way your art is; it's so funny the way your fart is.

That fart was so hilarious.

A fart to troll them all.

An art to rule them all.

A whole world made of farts is a child's fantasy.
A whole world made of art is my reality.

Welcome all serious artists! I am sorry, I am merely a silly fartist.

A fart that rhymes; a fart straight from the heart.

A real sexy and provocative fart that is at times unnervingly arousing and makes one question the very nature of a sensual aesthetic.

A fart that's so wrong and inappropriate but that's sort of why all these people started talking about it in the first place.

A fart you didn't even want anyone to hear even though you knew it had to come out but then you were surprised by its musicality.

It wasn't a fart that you thought would go over well but it turns out that you were wrong and all kinds of people appreciated it.

A fart you didn't even like when you expelled it and you still don't like it but for some reason all kinds of people really dig it.

A fart that was an afterthought.

A fart that is a product of procedure and perhaps chance operations relating to its audience through a theorized interstice.

A fart that was documented and will be studied for years to come as an exemplar of a highly developed style and a vessel for a teaching.

A fart that was never owned and cannot in any way imaginable be sold.

A fart that is never, ever finished.

It was a fart,
Or was it?

Hi guys! I just did a thing!

That thing was to add your names to all the titles of your posts! That way, if people are browsing through the archives, they'll know whose poem they're clicking on!

Also, if any poem here is gonna get nominated for a pushcart, it's only gonna be this one, so don't get your hopes up!


i never name names but you know your own and that is enough by poncho peligroso

i am trying extremely hard to be rational
because i know the alternative is worse
but i am going to publish this poem widely
as a passive-aggressive means of revenge

here is how i will publish it widely:

i am going to perform a conceptual stand-up comedy routine
i will tattoo this poem onto myself in large script on my torso
this line is instructing the media to print this in my obituary
there will be no audience or stage or microphone for this joke
i will put on a white full body spandex suit and nothing else
i will quietly lie down in a snow drift during a blizzard

Steve ROggenbuck by steve roggenbuck

wait so are you currently in love?

No, not at the moment. I do like someone though.

transdermal by derek lessard

sheet of solubility; sheet of sheerest misery. smashed to bits with hypodermic purposes in mind. transparency of tissue. was benign. seethrough glass, satisfied. disappearances into oblivion eluvia; returnal womb.
subdermal soars. climbs to higher heights. newborn novelties in amniotic baths. underwater swims. eyes upturned, looking through an augured hole to epidermal godlight. island peaceful. eye this miry storm of me, berg divisions. follow of trailbroken bloodpaths through snow. melting point becomes a puddle. erasures like watermarks. comfort in all that is thermal. warm. sweetness of a voice’s answer through a current of caloric calm.
a snowman’s desperate tries solidify, liquidize to quick, clutching cold remainders, infernal grasp in grip.
analog to language
chasing its own tale,
never telling hot from cold.
icecap to icecap,
the arctics,
the antarctics
of a thermostat.
syringe in midmuster of its blood.
trust’s invest in oncoming cone
of headlight flooding tunnel
during time
of scheduled track maintenance.
a seat awaits you
in a train station terminal.
compass rose invades
a sheath of human camouflage,
needle prow set low
no matter where
its motion goes.
always found
again inside
this house,
of frozen
spotwelder’s bead
to mesh tornadic sex
with algid water,
sneaking up
the cylinder,
solution dyed
in graduated
sexual congress
of blood with water.
alkaloid comminglers
on the sneak,
up the microcosmic tunnel,
of me,
squeezed in the vicegrip
of one quarter
of a cubic centimeter.
fractional space.
matter of division
into brittle parts.
mattress admits me,
accepts this
fall into,
drunk with mania,
cupped quiet by
a clammy fear
of jawbone chatters.
in a family
led by
its sharpest point,
strike of veins
instead of nerves.
This is my body, given for you.
This is my blood, shed for you.
The sun shines through
the ice summations
on the picture window,
starts a fire slowly
on the hardwood floor,
reflects the glowing,
twilit red of sunset
over the Canadian border.
This poor livingroom,
once so fresh and clean
when mom was here to keep it.
Now, all’s taken on
a dingy,
funereal aspect.
Dust layers accumulate,
minutes staring down
the oven clock,
counting minutes
as if how many cigarettes
are left,
counting down
the minutes
of this dying death.
how many
will be wasted
in its wake,
in what
is left?
disillusory nothingness
of none.
disillusory nothingness
of no one.
not even
the invisible type
of emptiness,
not even the kind
you can inhale.
I think
they’re still
in their bedrooms.
I go into
the fridge
to find
the slicemark,
the suture cut
down the middle
of the ham slab-
find that reliable,
dependable cut,
always there
for me.
I always use it
so they can’t tell
I’m still eating
their meat
in secret
I then continue
living what I call
on the hog.
I’ve eaten it all.
I’ve eaten everything.
a stomach’s growl sound,
of the this is life
or this is death knell.
when a fridge
is layed
on its back,
facing up,
down on the floor,
you see
how well
it would fit
a body-
just can’t believe
I’ve nerve enough
to continue usage
of the surname
I’ve shamed
with such free will.
how long
can you live
on innocence,
my entire life,
only one arm:
one for receipt,
a phantom limb,
an offering-
out of half
the proverb’s metaphor;
never gave a thing
to this family,
never put in,
only took
I could.
I was supposed
to have two arms-
one for receiving,
another for giving.
just give a glance
to the bank accounts.
recent transactions:
took, took, and took
all of what was
no presence.
blood-obsessed temple
of the hands
of this sutured
body clock,
right hand stolen
from the God
who created
how long is the night?
a question
that can state.
how long can I live
off bestowments, laurels
of parents long since dead.
how long must I live,
left lonely
in this ghostfilled house,
rebuilt in form
that leaves
by this wicked house,
where measured desperations
embrace a shadow
of my dad
or my mom
or my brother-
disappear amidst my arms,
mist clouds that were never,
leave me standing there
with nothingness
you can have,
you can have-
can never have
what you want.
crashes in
to mock me
with divinities
long ago abandoned
for a practice
that condemns me,
I tried to time just right
while it was still there,
in the fridge-
can no longer open,
find in it
eat a meal. collapse. fullness and wholeness and everything that is good and wonderful in all this world and think about the warmth of eating what my mother left me and hear her voice hear an answer to the prayers met by the torturous silence with which God damns me and now even all the leftovers are gone and I’m left with nothing but what’s partially invisible disappears so fast before my restless wakeful eyes and how long is the night halved by a tomorrow already coming approach of 12:00 is it lunchtime is it noon no matter how much I eat I can never feel full hell it could be midnight for all I know and why did I have to live the longest and why will I among them all die last.

We Are Cold Under The Vapors by cassandra troyan

My grandmother is watching a talk show.

A woman in the audience excitedly claps and smiles and mouths,
There is belief in her eyes.

Went to Meijers.
There were three men in
full army fatigues buying donuts.
One had little glasses perched
on the edge of his nose,
inspecting a cruller.
He seemed pleased.

I walk to another aisle: ice cream.

Frozen yogurt? Really?
Who am I?
Will I eat this?

I will
eat this
against my will.
I will find a
to transpose
belief back into my eyes
the dry hinge of
my mouth.

thessalonia by derek lessard

earthquake on stilts.
foundations of stone.
and as for
ways we go:
they one,
I other.
young family;
lithoid talc.
of history.
my journey's reach
for the other side
of night.
African horn.
crescent fang
blows muted air.
When I hold it
in my hand,
it tries
to disappear.
Hellenize the distance
over oceans, over sandbars,
over zeros absolute;
series of kenoses full.
circles asking where.
zephyrs directionless,
sailing kitelike
through inertias

of the air

Glass Toe Alien Probes by basqui simone

“I stopped reading Nabokov when he shitted on the Russian Silver Age poets.”
“Do you ever think about aliens?”
“He gutted Akhmatova.”
“Like if they probe people?”
“Doesn’t she look like a Russian Virginia Woolf? Akhmatova?”
“What were you saying? Aliens?”
“If they really probe people?”
“When I danced at The Kennel Club, aliens probed me. Norwegians. Pale pigment. Visible veins crisscrossed up and down their arms like bruised whip lashes. One had blond arm hair. When the club’s fan twisted our way, the cool air shook his arm hair. I remember his arm hair looked like wheat sprouting out of snow covered soil. The other was a redhead. Red freckles dotted his arms. So many freckles they bled into one another.”
“So what happened?”
 “One alien stuck two fingers—”
“In your ass? Where?”
“Yes. Two fingers. In my ass. His nails were filed translucent triangles. The nails dragged over my shaved skin nudging a few bumps. Those little bumps that sometimes pop up after a fresh shave when the razor peels off the cream and scrapes the skin.
“You shave your ass?”
“Well, you know. Anyway. Deeper. Much deeper. The fingers slid in. Then the fingers expanded like someone stretching scissors until the perpendicular blades morph into a near straight line. The second alien, the bleeding redhead, blew air between my ass cheeks.”
“So cold. A surprise cold. Like when a petite, dull icicle plops on your neck when you step outside, slam the door and shake the rain gutter. Doesn’t hurt but makes your skin shriek and echoes down your spine shaking your back bones.”
“What did they probe you with? Just fingers?”
“No. They started with fingers then added glass. No. Not that kind of glass. I’m sitting fine aren’t I? Blown glass. Shaped like a large toe. A giant toe.”
“There are scarier things.”
“Like Big Foot?”
“Oh, that guy.” 

"/" by derek lessard

cigarettes after,
follow suit.
Orchestrated call of food.
Stride of shame
through cough gauntlets,
strength in numbers found,
spent on campus yardgrounds.
Smoke breaks cornered
in their rooms,
walled-in coordinates.
Empty spaces cloy,
glottal stop divisions-
starving vela long,
surfeits in shifts
to not become
one half of
a before and after photo,
bloated with success.
Still, I eat a third
from every fractioned meal
each day,
square pegs
fit evenly
into round holes,
circularity of days
obedient to rhythms
of resetting suns,
for the weekend,
for the week.
Differ from,
defer to
all in one
last noshes.
When a back is turned to light
its front is cast in shadow,
and its other half
is night.
By our limitations of design,
though we begin and end,
time continues
to be time.
Miraged oasis,
of the snack-
“I’ll eat just half.”
Slimness still so far
from feeling whole,
bisects being
Belief in fleeting distance
zeroes on a close-
must go further,
just to
reach again-
always only yet.
I’ve heard
cold turkey patients
got fat-
but we’re not
so different
when we’re seated
in the same room,
talking up
a single appetite.
Wholly divided
by each other,
the chasm
of a quotient’s separation
from a passing future,
we find repast
in this bitter fast
of soluble holes;
puzzle pieces
hidden in

Play with Me by cameron mozafari

It is like
you are in a dull world
with dull landscapes
fighting dull monsters--
sometimes a T-rex
and BAM!
you uncover a clue
that leads you to a death-train
or BAM!
that tower that looked dumb?
Odin was there.

It was like a dream
where you played cards
and you went to school
and your teacher was hot
and she whipped monsters
and your school floated

But these demons come from nowhere
and you are forced, at the end, to convince yourself
that you are not dreaming.

meditation on life and nature by zachary whalen

i like breathing

taking big breaths

it feels pretty good

i also like when the wind blows

making my hair look all cool

guess i'm really into like wind and air

stuff like that

i wonder what it's like to get old

probably it's bad but like

do people care as much

like about what you do / how you behave

seems like people wouldn't care

about having goals or being ambitious

just be able to chill out all the time

do a really bad job of everything

is that what it's like when you're old

not having to care about anything

or do i have to care about things

do i have to care about things forever

March 21, 2011

Survival of the Sickest by derek lessard

Darwin falls ill
by appointment
nausea plateaus
across the span
of an installment plan.
Can’t have
only half-

of the handicap,

almost nears
a laugh,
for largely part
of being sick
is the need
to prove
you are

the sickest.
“I’ve the power to kill,
but I haven’t
the power
to die,”
a recluse said

to half her life

that stood
a loaded gun-
staying safely,

in her bed,
staying sick,
cuddling her biography.

Some live

so others
may die-

yet, how can we

be any different,
all seated
in this room,
for a God

we fear,
asking why
we were

to be
Now opens
the door

to the

meds room,
fountain spilling

from an open mouth,
reluctant shyness
of an eerie winter light-
a secret quiet,
of glimmer’s struggle

through dustcake gathers
on the dimmest glass.

A room,
for God.
What’s it like,

Is it silent,
is it loud?

Would I remember

coming out?
I’m afraid.

What’s the something
in the attic-
past the door?
Just what is it

we’re all
waiting for?

XXXX XX by josh vanmoor

as a very young person I was very discontent with my surroundings and the faces of my neighborhood vendors, neighbors in general, went to the bus station and went up to the woman behind the counter and said please give me a ticket to Omaha, I will not be back, her face didn't look up

youre already in Omaha better get used to it kid

went home and destroyed my Lego village

opens by derek lessard

such a thing,
seeing kitten families
acting out a skit
of tailpounces
amidst a playground
of rejected mattresses
and dumpster refuse,
a play on garbage
in the dark.
so vibrant,
so colorful,
a kind of calico
you'd die among,
so young.
and I, here.
clewed into ball,
under spotlight, cold.
an old man,
falling in the sleep
held by his
own arms

Terrorflarf by Jess Dutschmann

Based on the zip code you entered, the number of guests (100-150), and the items selected, the estimated wedding cost is between $19,551 and $32,585 for a Unique wedding.

i'm just glad you're paying attention by poncho peligroso

glare accusingly at a woman
touching an interactive art piece
and whisper that she's ruining it

as long as you're making that mortgage payment

has emma done well at the beach
have you taken her into the water
or into the waves as they come up

- poncho peligroso
of the internet
by verdict of google

Poemkemon #1 by kim calder

Its fire is put out when it sleeps.
The fire burns weakly when it feels sick.
Its fire never goes out.
Because it is very proud. It hates
accepting food from people. A poor walker,
it often falls down. It doesn't like
to be taken care of. It lives alone,
away from others. Apparently, every one of them
believes it is the most important. It lives a solitary life.
Its cries are very strident. Because they are weak
individually, they form groups.
However, they bicker if the group grows too big.
It has a savage nature. It never stops attacking
even if it is injured. It is known
as an industrious worker. It flees
while the foe is momentarily blinded.
Using its psychic power is such a strain
on its brain that it needs to sleep
for 18 hours a day. If one is nearby,
an eerie shadow appears on TV screens.
Seeing the shadow is said to bring bad luck.
In the distant past, it was somewhat stronger
than the horribly weak descendants that exist today.
Brutally vicious and enormously destructive.
Once it appears, its rage never settles
until it has razed the fields and mountains
around it. It attracts prey with a sweet aroma,
then downs it with thorny whips
hidden in its arms. Its sweet aroma attracts prey.
Then it spews poison. The more toxic it is,
the sweeter its aroma. As a result of its pursuit
of faster, yet more silent flight,
a new set of wings grew on its hind legs.
The transformation of its legs into wings
made it better at flying, but more clumsy at walking.

sometimes its kind of hard to be a single dad lmao by michael inscoe

sometimes its kind of hard to be a single dad sometimes

except when i meat hot girls at the park lol!

jk ok it is very satisfying to know that i am responsible for the future of this beautiful world

except when the games on no crying!lol

jk seriously who will love me now i mean jason is already 7 months i don't know what to do when i am crying and vomiting from changing his diaper trust me ive done that more than once lol

i dont think i can do this on my own

why is diaper spelled like that

Poem Made of Titles from Poems which ‘I couldn’t make work’ - Alexander J. Allison

He liked to check old love-letters for spelling-mistakes

I can’t date a girl without dental records

Lonely magnets come in pairs

How many can I put you down for?

Please refrain: please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please

When we are naked enough

Fabergé by derek lessard

feminine plural I,
with bloody body
shaking violent
as a paintmixer,
sipping font
of adoration.
drawn as we are
to a sheen, twinned
on hooded ovary
of Russia's imperial’s egg
through ova collapsework,
tunnels marble veins
of vanity countertop,
finding balance
on the shoulders
of a trickledown
became a mistress,
no matter how unwittingly,
mopping up the weekend
off her kitchen floor,
melted evidence invisibility,
icicle as murder weapon
listing its indignities
on an otherwise blank sheet of paper.

I Will Spawn The Revolution Against Everything I Don't Like by P.H. Madore

When I was young, I was taught that my feelings don't matter
& when I got older, that became less than popular, and my feelings began to matter

I realized I was in denial last week
& have been introspecting my way through it since
But I don't consider that introspection literature
& I don't ask my friends to publish it

The love of my life asked me why
& asked me a lot of other things
Shortly before we broke up last time

I want to illustrate something in clear terms
But that only brings the fervor of mania
That only brings the frothing of anonymity
The fear of real violence, because they say I'm a very violent man

I don't want another ten years of this

& your melodrama won't sound good outside your own head
Your melodrama won't taste good outside your own mouth
Your blog posts make you seem like the kind of person
That people pretend to like & talk about when not around

One day we'll admit that 2011 was a bad idea

-P. H. Madore

traces by Khalym Kari Burke-Thomas

when i grew tired smelling the pits
of your soiled Arsenal shirt & the must
of your unwashed cleats i was like fuck it
& scoured the trash for the condom you wore
the last night we had sex / put it in my mouth
      sucked all i could of you out of it

Lake Chelan by Ian Sanquist

I am an informed member of a makeshift society,
said the guy dressed in a prison suit.

He was fast asleep in a room full of light,
no one knew his name.

I read the fashion magazines.
I suck the marrow from arguments.

The girls are always right, he said.
He cancelled the full moon, he took off his clothes,

he went swimming. He went down to the lake
to pray. He went down and knelt, swam out to the dock,

fell asleep under the August sky.
When the lifeguard got there, he asked him for his name.

I don’t want to go any further, he said, shivering
in the morning cold. I’m okay here.

re mallory whitten by spencer madsen

girls like mallory whitten seem unfair
i am mallory whitten's friend on facebook
i requested her like i request other people
it was the same process, it was no different

i clicked through her photos
i do that sometimes with new friends

and its like totally unfair

that she wrote knife girl
a piece which i liked a lot

and that she is like really pretty

it seems through photos that she is dating jordan castro
or something

and that makes sense

i have one of his chapbooks
it was pretty good
but its like

let me date her..

do you know that its hard to find pretty girls who would write something like knife girl
there is a chance that i will meet mallory or jordan
having common friends and stuff

its a possibility that if we meet they will think of this
and i will be that guy
that guy that wrote that stupid piece
about how mallory whitten is totally unfair
whatever yo
doing the big work

just glad i spent the past fifteen minutes

writing this and not

wishing my grandma 

a really happy birthday


happy birthday grandma

this one is for you

red bull by omar de col

when i take the first sip from a red bull
i feel like a hummingbird
in nectar rehab
that has just scored 
some sweet ass nectar

Small & Cleaner, More & More Clueless by Jen Villalobos

I walked in the park with my father, who is old now.
He aged so gradually, he's grown quieter,
even quieter than before. 
This walk is slow and windy, it is purposeless. 
My face is different when I think of him, it changes in size, 
it gets smaller and cleaner, more and more clueless. 
His face changes too, it is simply, younger, 
the most alert it's ever been. 
I think back and wonder
about everything mysteriously.
I earned my memories. I earned knowing that once, 
you laughed with me, really, really hard. 
That once we stretched our palms out toward the sun,
to let the light go through our hands. 
We saw our tiny, little veins inside. 
Friendly, thin, veins.
Now it's time to think about the universe.
I write about something I remembered once,
something that had to do with—
good bye.

Continental Drift by Shaun Gannon

As you drag your luggage through the flung-open door to find some other place in Rialto for the night, find a place where our voices can’t make each others’ neck hairs rise and our eyes won’t roll on reflex, I think of how the rock plates deep beneath our feet grind and punch one another, and how we only know of their existence by their constant conflict and separation.

PENIS WITH GOD by daniel bailey

if not ever a thing
a habit of corking
a tooth with cloud
and chugging humid

start again

not ever a thing you say
a thing in the anus that speaks
its own birth like a messenger

I address the ideal:

I have defeated God in a game of penis
every year since the first grade

I confess to cheating only once
when my voice was weak
from too much weeping
from too much laughter


I was bored so I took a picture and cleaned the sink, looking for something to soak
What were we listening to or what was the day, a dull memory I barely remember like trying to soak up a sink and squeeze it clean
But saying that loses meaning of course, like wiping the boredom clean and sinking into the soak and I have fucked less sexual images out of boredom or looking to wipe something clean
But this image is bored and in the sink
This is possible
You are eating, unaware it seems that the picture is dull and we can’t hear the music or tell you what day it is or the meaning, unimpressed or bored or a memory barely remembered
You are eating and the food looks good
You are clean and the sink looks clean
You look unimpressed and the sexual images looks bored
You look unaware and have fucked less for meaning
And I squeeze into the sink with the memory to try and soak it in but you are unimpressed and eating
We were always eating, unimpressed but clean, unaware of what day it was or what we were listening to and bored of sexual meaning
This is still possible it seems

white like trash and wet like my back by ana c.

the last time i had fun with my cousins
was that one time when i watched them
play videogames

they hurt their enemies with chairs

i wish i could smash chairs
on heads and not get
in trouble for it

palliative by derek lessard

If I could say
that being high
was heaven,
then I could say
a place I’ve been
so many times
is a place
I’ve never known.
Long, long half-life,
boilerplate derelict.
Lusterloss among generics.
Feelings sold by gross,
without change-
they know no advent,
they haven’t names.
How can you say
a drug is heaven,
when you’ve never been?
You’ll never see
the flowers fall
into the blackness,
this burial plot a mark
cut into wordless ground,
sentience of these petal landings
on a breathless chest.
But still, I say
I know so well
these places
I have never been.

Computer Computer Turkeys by Matt Margo



the president. The turkeys’ friends’ names come forth—know,

sneeze, uh type. The turkeys know
names; uh areas of the typed


that came forth

and typed forth that

looked like a mineral in the gulf

uh forth.

The president
sneezes into the gulf; turkeys (with names?) look forth

and type interminably. They looked
into everything that the computer said—gulf! The typed gulf knew forth


minerals, presidents,


whatever. Typed: “Areas of everything,
of minerals, of whatever,
of uh friends, of names, areas of areas.”
Typed: “Whatever,
names, whatever
the gulf says
(and sneezes), minerals


the computer typed,


“Looked into the gulf

friends looked too.

whatever name,

whatever areas that know that

and gulfs know
areas; the world
of computers knows
that the computer typed: ‘Sneezes,

friends?’” A mineral
at that
world, interminable?
Now it steps forth, sneezes, looks

forth at the president’s computer,

interminable areas

come forth
from the gulf—whatever presidential
areas like that gulf?
Turkeys say

whatever the computer

says; look at the president and the gulf; know everything that says


interminable friends…

Look! The presidential
uh typed

typed forth that mineral,
that turkey,

that whatever! Typed.
knew and looked

In the gulf of the world, everything
“Looked at world areas,
whatever looked

forth, friends
that named areas
of the president.”

Everything typed: “Know,

look, sneeze, know—the computer
looks; the
world sneezes and says,

‘Know the world

that looked into everything,
at the president.’
Whatever looked into whatever—presidential world areas, types of friends, the gulf,
computers, the mineral gulf that came forth—that the president’s
friends sneezed into

areas with interminable names, uh areas…whatever.” Interminable friends know interminable
interminable presidents,
interminable areas,

interminable gulfs, interminable everything,

interminable whatever. The president says that he knows whatever his friends say they

uh know.

He sneezes onto
the presidential computer that types his name:

The gulf comes forth. The world looks at the names that turkeys typed;

that the uh mineral typed; that the president’s
uh friends typed; that the gulf typed; that everything typed
interminably—the interminable names of turkeys,

gulfs, turkey gulfs, and

whatever. The computer sneezes into areas of the gulf that the world of whatever mineral areas
drains forth unto everything. An area says, “Typed: ‘Mineral friends, president
computer friends, whatever friends step forth into the world with everything interminable:
interminable areas, interminable friends
that say uh whatever,
interminable names—interminable
sneezes!’” And then

minerals and
gulfs and computers interminably
move forth; interminably

look at

at everything within the world of everything:

names of worlds, everything named forth that says,

“Typed: ‘Uh interminable turkeys, interminable presidents, interminable uh computers
forth everything that whatever everything knows forth—

knows interminably that sneezing onto computers interminably and sneezing all over
friends’ areas are just the same as sneezing out minerals that know!’

Looked at a mineral,

The uh computer knows everything uh interminable: presidential areas,

presidential friends, presidential minerals, presidential names.
Looked at everything and named the president’s interminably typed
friends; the president knew

these interminable names

Whatever president,
whatever gulf,

whatever computer, whatever mineral: Come forth into the world and say that the gulf’s areas
sneeze out whatever names for this interminable world that is led
by the uh interminable president!
Say uh uh!
Know that

turkeys sneeze all over the president’s

uh friends.” The name of the president befriends

the world

of mineral friends;

says that

the turkeys

swam the gulf that uh

the president mineralized. Everything befriends the turkeys; sneezes; looks at
everything mineralized—the computer,
the gulf of everything
named forth,
the turkey that says the computer
will march forth. Everything looks forth

and says that the gulf looked like a bunch of turkeys sneezing onto everything.
The turkeys in their
mineralized areas say, “Uh whatever…
Whatever the mineral gulf typed
forth is whatever

the president’s friends say that
they know.

Look here, I say!

Look and know forth
the interminable areas of the mineral gulf:
world areas,

whatever areas

that the president says
computer sneezed out!”
Their friends say that

the computer’s friends are the computerized turkeys

that typed:

“Sneeze! Whatever. That uh gulf sneezes out turkeys, computers, and names, and says, ‘Uh turkeys in

interminable areas of the mineral computer world

looked forth;

said that

the gulf

looked like
a bunch of turkeys—everything interminable.’”

The gulf:

that turkeys look like me, the gulf

whose name knows forth
that the president

came forth and uh
looked into the gulf—

looked at the president’s own murky reflection—sneezed, and said, ‘Uh?’”
Typed: “A turkey

into the gulf whose name knows everything about the president. Then that mineralized area

of our interminably computerized world
says forth that uh

the president’s friends
know this world of ours.” Uh typed:
“Looked at computers, looked at minerals, looked at

turkeys, looked at the gulf, looked at
uh everything.”

Uh typed: “Computer? Name that gulf
whose friends typed forth

the uh name of the president

and discovered

everything about the world:
its names,

its presidents, its minerals,


at the president! Whatever friends of his typed forth
whatever typed names of theirs
that were given to everything, including turkeys.

Instead, the computer looks at the uh typed names of the area’s

mineralized turkeys!
The computer


onto everything; says

forth whatever interminable
names that the president gave to his computer.

Everything about this computer—
its areas, its sneezes, that gulf—
looks at all of the turkeys and says,

“Whatever… Whatever…


It knows that the president knows

everything. Its friends

sneeze all over the world; look at computers; type;

say that minerals
know of the gulf
and uh that computers
will never march forth
into the world
or any of its

computer computer