An unsettling feeling, in four parts (a poem)

Trying something slightly different. Inspired by a Swedish Cancer Center commercial and episodes of The Twilight Zone. 1. Who wouldn’t mind a head of grey, thinning hair? The fictions of the commercial mind stretch implausible notions to the limits of absurdity On a beach somewhere a vacationing pensioner turns the pages of her book not [...]

The parts of the movie I saw before falling asleep because it was late and I was tired (a poem)

It is a new month, meaning time to come up with a new challenge. After looking at a few different things, I settled upon the shadorma, a six-line form with a syllable count of 3/5/3/3/7/5. My initial effort using this form is an ekphrastic poem, inspired by the Richard Lester version of The Three Musketeers. On the [...]

Tokyo (A poem)

Sometimes I return to the old stories, in hopes that I might tell them better… I remember feeling that way every time I heard that song swimming in a hazy sea and everything was breaking down That hungry feeling travelled with me from train to train and storm to storm Unexpected complications fell me at [...]

Frontispiece (A poem)

A bit of stream-of-consciousness writing while watching an episode of Sleepy Hollow… Mint fresh stretched out beyond The Capricorn tunic lit by the lantern’s glow History’s marks bind us together as they tear us asunder Quizzical looks mask hurt feelings False verses Spanish chains Split type stack demands contained herein to consecrate ambiguity for the sake [...]

There is no way to interrupt the process once it has begun (a poem)

Had trouble sleeping at first last night, so I tried writing a few things… Spinning squares send spiky spirals splashing across the factory floor but the machinery doesn’t stop Though I escape by roundabout means and random dodges I can still feel the shredded layers of skin about my mouth and face It heals quickly [...]

More weird dream stuff (December 2014)

More strange dreams last night/this morning… I I’m working in a hospital. I catch a woman with a scalpel trying to steal something. I knock the scalpel out of her hand and detain her for the authorities. The really odd thing is that she is a dead ringer for another woman at the hospital, so I [...]