Jacob Brooks

Rotisserie

Weightless breakfast congealing on the teflon. The porn-limits gorge with dayglow. In the Molson Canadian livingroom we learn to be grafted to the white-light, concept, macadam, and electric tissues that sustain this organ. Second-hand smoke body odor American Apparel brown carpet succulents and custard conjoined in the process of recording. The glass is open, a thirsty gutter. Into the throat of light pour gallons and gallons of data. Push down the five-panel over his face. The networks swell with anal. There’s no quenching these invasive vasculars, only appeasing them with an endless mutual seepage. I’m gonna cum. I’m gonna fucking cum.

 
 
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Data Raptor

Radio makes a vector. So he crow-flies into my linted foyer’s lip. Basketball shorts undulate in clotting darkness, metallic odors billow from stripped feet. I suck the tongue. We wrap together and neb like eels. Pink Lemonade Burnette’s & pure spit miscegenate. Mouth full of paint. As he makes me the sky his ass stinks. It’s bitter. Google will build a new corporate campus near 2300 Traverwood Drive in Ann Arbor, MI. They’re thrilled to continue to grow here. I fall over him from the wind like a tarp, repeatedly, skimming his outer layers. Over and over I fly and fall.

 

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JACOB BROOKS is a writer and office worker based in Michigan. He has collaborated with Maya Chun, Mac Porter, Alayna Baron, and Sean Horner on multimedia renderings of his poems. His chapbook, ARTPORN (2016), is published by Citizen of the World. He tweets @skinandimpulses.

Sarah Sgro

[If the future is a fetish]
excerpted from Without Them I Am Still A Mother

If the future is a fetish. If my pussy is a sick fixation. If my pussy can’t be fixed. For like the field
it has no doors. For like a business it has several partners. For like the future I’m a port. If the
future dreams of pussy. If the future is a tentacle emerging from my body. If the future is an
ocean floor. For X is a tentacle pulsing. For J is a tentacle pulsing. If I reproduce as a compulsion.
There is me & there is me & there is me & when my child finally arrives with organs pulsing. If I
have my child then tape up every hole. If my memory is a stranger. If they never leave me for
they do not enter. There is me & there is me & I will reassemble. If not all departures are
abandonments. If my child is healthy she will grow. If I am generous & recognize you thirst for
things I cannot know. I will reassemble. I am branded by no letters. If they leave. I let them.

 

**

 

[The jugular is a substantial vein]
excerpted from Without Them I Am Still A Mother

 

the jugular is a substantial vein I bring I bring a blade

 

I bring death is not a public space death is no one’s

 

private joke I will not condone you celebrating any decomposing body

 

or the recreation of a body like my own when I wake up

 

from a dream & finally I’m queer when I’m never going back to sleep

 

I will not romanticize the hollow of my throat licked

 

by Xanax 2mg like marrow from a bone the jugular engorged with blood

 

the testicles engorged my memory rejects your sperm

 

my jugular rejects the blade I pledge allegiance to tumescence

 

make my life a public space look my recreation

 

a parade I hoist my lovers like balloons reject the possibility of weight

 

**

 

Elegy For My Bush & Other Lushness

i love being thin enough to slice of course you die from the pocketknife slender

bloodline trailing towards the floor my right-now lover is a horse decaying in the center

of the road who runs over a horse who sucks the entrails from his butt leaving him

a tender husk we fall asleep carved-out we eat food that turns our feces green

we are very regular i carve him out of every private dream i kiss a girl he doesn’t know

i wake adorned in piss & can’t remember who i love all my former fucks refuse

to be decrepit they shed their hair inventively they buy silver shoes with no strings

in bed i map out ways to modify my body i’ll wear my bowels as a scarf i’ll wax

the backwoods of my crotch into a strip dewy steak to dig your teeth into

here is where the aesthetician skins my cunt with tiny licks here is where my lover licks

the puckered skin around my cunt a little too far to the right though i don’t touch myself

enough to be a guide if you could please ravage this succulent valley if you could please

suck this ravishing valley i value my rapture the curdled scum the female form

does not supply a fill the female form a bucket in the sand granules delicious wet

my lover’s penis swells inside me like a cheeseburger digesting painfully i vomit

up the shape of a girl he doesn’t know how she tastes in a dark room

i am not the void i own nothing of the void i own nothing i have vomited it up

here our dwindled bodies here my skin recoiling here my puss a neat frontier

 

**

 

YUM

my rapture

mmmm a heath bar shake from Baskin Robbins

is the most

caloric beverage in America

according to Eat This, Not That

eat this: my pussy

on a good day

is still arid

edible matter

the most wholesome things

are not always the most toothsome

there is no such thing as an animal

not transformed

by all of its encounters

find me a body

still intact

YUM Kristeva

mmmm my mother

everyday i eat my unborn child

as a light snack

 

**

 

What I Mean Is Poem But I’m Sleepy

no one loves me so i’ll write a pome

got home drunk & wrote a pome

smoked a cigarette as an accessory

someone put my pome in a gallery

this pome in minor key

my heart a feral peach

this pome a fuzzy caterpillar

maybe just a worm

at the bar you’re sitting

with a handsome man i’ve never met

in the bathroom

i’m asserting how i’m ugly

lipstick on my teeth

lipstick on my dirt pome

no one text my pome

back

my pome thirsty

for a hunk of flesh

when i don’t eat

i want to kiss whoever

sitting next to me

at least i can come home

to write pome

i love myself

with a fresh hand

i taint my fingers

with tobacco as a fast excuse

to stand

my lips belooooooong

in a pome

my ass belooooooong

on your lips

i will violate myself

in every pome

& still be safe

no one sleeps beside me

but my words

i will fuck my pome

as you probably expect

i stay sadder

than i ever were

 

**

SARAH SGRO currently lives in Oxford, Mississippi, where she serves as Poetry Editor for the Yalobusha Review and co-hosts the Broken English Reading Series. She is from New York and previously worked as an editorial assistant for Guernica. Her poetry appears in Muzzle, TYPO, glitterMOB, Horse Less Review, Deluge, the minnesota review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Word Riot.

Dusty Neu

below genola

 

drift draft shifting & windows i

breeze coldly empty myself a

thin strip of sand & swallows

lapping high forceful lengthen &

with boots on i empty myself a

strip of late morning with pacing

be a bee box then in a dream a

dozen shivering silverfish

 
 

self portrait with softly obscured

genitals & little birds a bag faced

lamb another face & one on an

ugly pumpkin out in the swamp a

wandering confectioner often

petting a verdigris skyward &

teetering slack jawed thankful for

horse dancers & little soldiers

 
 

a banker chews my rind & faints

in the heat of the meat market

giblets & such the snakes the

sidle up the cleavers & such

music of the cleavers & such like

clusters of keys do suck up the

air & lull the softer types & such to

sheep softly & cheek stroking

 
 

that even what’s more that even

saltier skin which coming from the

salt pit so staring so stripped so

close that at a cork that a torso

fold itself torquing hillward

saber-headed & holy like men in

the tar pit & tacky like cognac

candied pineapple & swords

 
 

dream team of the extremely

elderly make entrance laterally

on dreamy littorals most sweetly

lector dryly windborne lacteal

night for city folk for tremors in

the people place yokes level out

the people place yokes folks who

swim out & peck at one another

 
 

then them tenderly up the ridge

& all in them were i think you

streaming steam seeing someone

drew a duck on a keep my eyes off

a tender hunk of hairy chest

lovelier melons than field behind

the market where i do soak with

feel soak how to you think you

 
**

DUSTY NEU is a poet and translator born and raised in rural California with an MFA from Brown University. He co-translated Alessandro de Francesco’s Remote Vision from the Italian (Punctum Books) and his poetry has appeared in VOLT, Pear Noir!, and 3am. He lives and works in Rhode Island.

Junior Dare

RED BULL VITAMIN FUNCTIONAL DRINK W/ A SIDE OF SCRAPER-TOP VIEWS OF
COASTAL CHINA AIR POLLUTION OR A SATELLITE FLOATING IN SPACE,
AUTONOMOUS, ARCHIVING SNAPSHOTS OF A MASS GRAVE OR CHECK YR
MESSAGING CLIENT OFTEN IF THE TRAGEDY IS ONGOING

“Oh, how different the desert looks
when imagined by the well-educated!”

-Freddy’s third essay,
The Genealogy of Morals

epibiont smiles // white as hellscapes

grab yr damp shirt discrete
or just continuous
or just both
like a circuit

asynchronous speeds slow roll
& chosen collapse like
lets cuddle and share disjunctures

i fuck up again ducking a glare
off geography’s spectral effect on various racial lucencies spiral out n down to just
getting a hand job from a twunk whose shoes
match his lambo stitching

boustrophedon kisses down a #hairless chest
first we were a tile and now abacisci boi wounds
pretending something like mutual pattern recognition and
adjacent injury make zellige not just some
abstracted trauma exchange
healing is a masquerade daddy
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my sweat is sugar sweet @ &&
a hot dawn,
dilute a few doses of clarity
tongue a gloriously decadent
focaline dance
adderall tomorrow’s parties promise
vyvantage point pretty
w/ abandon
chemical trick
late into the night

 
 
i like to close my eyes with just an ugly light on
alone in the bedroom
well-acquainted w/ my own darkness
comfortable trusting few things beyond crashes
beyond intimate constant returns

 

***

 

GIVEN EARLY A TASTE FOR THE HYPERCONCIOUSNESS
OF TAROT I MUST ADMIT THAT FOR THE MOST PART THE ASTROLOGICAL TURN
HAS PASSED ME BY I SEE MY FRIENDS AND LOVERS IN THE MOON NOT MY
FUTURE

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a l l a u d i e n c e s a r e p o s s i b l e

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One of the seductive things about surveillance is that you know you are making an impression —as so much data —regardless of whatever effort you make or don’t make. You don’t have to try; algorithms will impute intentionality to your behavior without your having to taint it with your own willfulness. The behavior can seemingly remain pure

making an impression, realize you just summarized most of McLuhan’s career
w/ two big ass boogies in yr mustache
to someone who at no point cared about the content of the exchange
just the fact of its existing
stop misreading the crowd
willful taint in summertime sweatpants mid­-noon sandwich kissesdrooling the
sweatshop sublime

an old flame and a flicker shadow of conversations you remember enjoying
all life is conversation // if you expand the definition // generous information generation
a little transformation // an elevator pitch for the glitching globalization of visual language

you know

just one of those seductive things

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choke me width w/ the seats down inside this suv
cum in the world killer cuddle the nonchild
cum on the world maker cuddle the oncechild

she says stop misgendering me // to someone else // inside their phone
comb his hair really nice say no anal just sit in my lap
behavior can seemingly remain pure behavior can seemingly remain pure behavior can seem
pure behavior can seemingly remain behavior behavior can seemingly remain can behavior
remain remain remain

pure
pure
pure

 
pure
pure
pure
pure
 
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splendid unnatural acts

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JUNIOR DARE is a crip abolitionist poet dreaming of the post-queer, studying the left of the future and the right of the present, tweeting @prismxp.

Nate Pritts

DEFENSIVE ARCHITECTURE

Such strong winds today
in this forgotten valley.

They come rampant
howling
from the beginning of time to now
and the twilight is fading all around me.

I imagine heavy water
crashing against the shore
which is a sound I remember
from the many years I spent
isolated
on the coast of an imaginary land.

I could see villagers from my window.

They were like rocks
stoicagainst the recurrent battery
of time.

The awakened light of life.

And I have emptied myself
again and again
so as to be whole.
I feel this narrative chronology
my own life
like a dreama structure
that exists underneath

other more obvious textures.
But we were talking about the wind

and how my soul has become a stone
full of its own dead weight.
We do not live in a magical land.
When you come for me
bring everything you have
all your armies
every weapon at your disposal.
Because I am ready to die.
Butas I doI will sing such terrifying songs.
 
 
**
 
 
MEMORY DOWNTIME

I see you cold
covered with severe reason
and an echoing glare
harsh refractive

too much logic
stifling the heat of your
forever ago smile
my understanding of it

your incandescence now dim
because it is memoryor because

you’ve let your compassion fall
into a simple patterned brain.

Whatever it was between us
fades.
I can’t see the traces
of some previous yesterday in today.

But it was real
would still be
consequential

except for the fact that it is not.

**

NATE PRITTS is the Director and Founding Editor of H_NGM_N (2001), an independent publishing house that started as a mimeograph zine, and he is the author of eight books of poetry, including the recent Post Human (2016) and the forthcoming Revenant Tracer, which won the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award and will be published in the fall of 2017. He lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York state.

Katie Hibner

A Brief History of the Manufacture of Symbols

The Allfather attempted to jolt
the sensory mailbox of the Arctic Circle.
He thawed the bridle path
with a hot rinse of embryos.
He scraped a spark from his flint torc
so he could bake
his timeless suffer-pelts.
He shuttled in orcas
to fatten up his homemade ship burials,
constructing them in ALLCAPS
so they could rise and be sliced
into future Valentine candies.

Later, presenting to a school group,
a tour guide shook down one of the ship burials
for fertility symbols.

A student rolled his eyes, muttering,
If I see another pomegranate in this gallery I’m gonna scream.

 

**

 

The Territory Speaks

I am this town
and its choir director.

I am a mellowed-out banshee of wonders;
I lend my digestive flume as a waterslide
for hard-candy toboggans,
topping it off with a doily half-pipe—

but my historian is a blinkered puppet.

He answers to a pink clown
who lives on a diet
of street corners and pepper spray.

They name my hoosegow “Sputnik.”
They educate school groups with a drone
that only talks in 140 characters or less.

They often reduce me to soaking their foam capsules—
they earn tax exemptions if they sprout into dinosaurs.

 

**

 

Big (Brother) Data

We attempt to pry the NSF-funded balloons
out from the centers of our hard candies,

so the government detains us
in their cream cheese fjord.

Just out of reach,
loaves of Big Daddy Data pile up.

They ask us who we bivouacked with last Arab Spring,
if they would find honeyed sickles on our pocket squares.

All I say is that I hope
they’re denied coffee boys in the afterlife—

they light us up
like twice-baked hot potatoes.

 

**

 

The New Fracking

They weave this town
to a loom sticky with zebra mussels.

Their centurions double as crossing guards,
some genuinely wanting to rocket-fuel our posterity.

For members of their two-bit parliament,
the coiffeur à la mode

is superposition, layers packed
with carbonated ram skulls.

My daughter runs off
with one of their androids.

We used to raise columbines.

 

**

KATIE HIBNER is a confetti canon from Cincinnati, Ohio. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Bone Bouquet, glitterMOB, Modern Poetry Quarterly Review, Powder Keg, smoking glue gun, and Word for/Word. Katie has read for Salamander and Sixth Finch and dedicates all of her poetry to her mother, Laurie.

Porpentine Charity Heartscape

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(rule for typing title: the exact number of letters doesn’t matter just type whatever amount feels good)

 


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All animals were exterminated from the streets of heaven
I’m just a single mom trying to get by

I earn 10G sweeping cum from the palace atrium
I squeeze my eyes into the coin-operated binoculars pointed at hell
The bored haggard sluts with their cold sores
Pimples in their hair like the inflamed eyes of newborn animals
Scabby legs slung over the chasm, tossing rocks from their aching hands, knuckle-bridled

Throwing rocks into the bottomless chasm separating hell and heaven is like hurting someone
and never having to take responsibility for your actions

I want the bored hell sluts
to find a secret tunnel
so we can rest our tired slutty thighs together on the steps stained by soul rain
which is like normal rain except a little warmer.

I want to wring the grease from their hair and brush it.
They would be better daughters
than the children at the foot of my bed
when I woke up in heaven

They lay on the floor, eyes open, waiting

I don’t know how long they waited
Their skin is smooth and poreless like a doll

Time cannot act on this room
And anyone could have woke in this room
And disappeared from this room
We are poured through the bed

 

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power

 

bales

sell

 

Angels glide across the city of Heaven
we run to collect the guano

The scouring searchlight of an angel’s stupid lazy gaze
Can’t help but burn a thing that runs across their path

We respawn in a random location.
When everything looks the same
it is emotionally difficult to find our way back
to the tiny parts of this mega stone world
we call our nests

I sweat massively
Nervously equipping and unequipping my [Common Stone]
As the background midi of heaven loops
16 seconds of unkillable noise
Like bricks of rusty honey

There is no sun here, only light

My children watch me tall as towers

I wish I was still on earth

AngelGuano 30g

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An angel’s huge, blind, axolotl cock slithers across the floor
I bathe it in salt water
tiny hands, or fronds, or antennae grope mindlessly along the side of the cock

The angel moans in the other room
I don’t think it’s a moan of anything in particular
it just makes those sounds
crawling toward nothing
lodestone in its pigeon head like shrapnel

My hands are dish-washing hands
red and scalded

The cock roamed from the distant chamber
and found me
10G

 

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My purple mesh thong was smuggled from hell
in a picnic basket
and gives me perfect vision of sluts
so when my giant egg-shaped children have slowly turned their faces to the wall
the closest they’ll ever come to sleep
I droop my planemelting eyeballs through the thatch ceiling
of a hellslut’s house
and watch her stick her dick in [Red Potion]
tiny numbers crawling up her face like ants
+3
+4
+6
+7
my jelly hand crazy straws back to heaven
and crits my cock
hard enough to see the salt erosion on the inside of my own skull

 

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stripped_slum_large

 

practicing my special i was born
without a special. practicing my special
in the courtyard.

my children look older than i am.

the worst part of heaven is not having another world to dream of.

fantasize the perfect combo to tear a crack in the skybox.

practicing my special by the sole
functioning light in the 83rd stairwell,
the special that could be.

someone comes closer and I move away.

 

 

i have 1 memory of earth

**

PORPENTINE CHARITY HEARTSCAPE is a new media artist, writer, game designer, and trash woman, whose games and curation contributed to the contemporary hypertext renaissance and the popularity of accessible text art software Twine. She’s won the XYZZY and Indiecade awards, had her work displayed at EMP Museum and The Museum of the Moving Image, been profiled by The New York Times, commissioned by Vice, The New Inquiry, and Rhizome, and she is a 2016 Creative Capital Emerging Fields and 2016 Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab fellow.

Phillip Spotswood

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PHILLIP SPOTSWOOD was born into a Catholic family and turned out queer. His work can be found in Heavy Feather Review, Cartridge Lit, SunDog Lit, and is forthcoming from Hobart. He is a MFA Poetry candidate at LSU, and is the upcoming editor-in-chief of The New Delta Review.

Jon-Michael Frank


Microsoft Word - NEWDREAM1POEM.docx
 
my brain fizzing is more my life than I want it to
what’s inside introspection that erupts into annihilation
the pretty side of a cliff is the side you can die off of
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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elusive girls donning unnatural patterns
reality is the language of fear
I’d rather feel it virtually
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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distant relatives smashed at a funeral
when I think there’s no such thing as the present moment
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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the sun masquerading its mug shot behind a headstone
aphorism is the hand-me-down of human ruin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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the void oozing its tooth under your pillow
I live inside a perspective I gild by the dumbness of heart
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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chasing the tail of a reverie
the more vivid the hunger the more private it feels
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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it’s glum to know too much
my obsession speaks to the obsolescence of things
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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rotting hydrangea exiting a vase
what is it about loss I can’t get enough of
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

**

JON-MICHAEL FRANK is the author of two forthcoming poetry chapbooks: Nostalgia Flower (Sad Spell Press) and TBD (Birds, LLC). A book of poetic comics How’s Everything Going? Not Good is out now from Ohio Edit / Cuneiform Press. He is the acquisitions editor for the small press Birds, LLC, and lives on the Puget Sound.

Stacey Tran

garden ocean kindness

In the morning I unfold the dirt from my hand
My lover is putting me through a silent retreat
Designed for compliment recipients who are unable to accept gifts

 

table chair window

Maximalist etiquette requires stationary wheels
The idea alone of some train is no longer good enough for me
Often I wonder what can I do with a $20 bill

 

string fabric sleep

It’s a circus up there where I try feeding myself yarn
There’s no pattern to follow just one foot in front of the other
Worried I’m wearing anything at all that slightly resembles pajamas

 

time money water

I could sleep for one more hour but my eyes won’t shut
I keep refreshing my online banking summary, nothing changes
A water bottle is my least favorite thing to carry

 

tree speech listen

If a woman’s shirt is longer than her jacket, leave her
I want to write and be read anywhere
There are no words you don’t know

 

mouth ear hand

There are no words I would use that I normally would not
Why would I
Be proving the sticks of fashion we hold together

 

metal glass pavement

Dragging an elevator outside
It won’t be photogenic maybe but you will feel something
What’s it like to run way over to the far end of the opposite of clarity

 

paper cloud metal

I can’t trust myself in the moment of looking up a definition or the weather
From here I predict
An aftertaste of shiitake mushroom drying on the evening rack of my tongue

 

concrete water oil

One doesn’t have to decide
Between a block sale and a ladder made of cards
I am asking you to show me how wet your fingers are

 

wind cloth cloth

There’s no worse sound than a door that opens immediately once it has closed
If the scarf comes down past her waist she’ll hang up before you do
What other article of clothing are you a little too good for?

**

STACEY TRAN lives in Portland, OR. www.staceytran.com