((((§§§§o0o0o0o§§§)))):::::: July 2016
“Because a new language is everything. When you can migrate to a new language, that’s it.”
– H. Threadgill
the girl child’s loud family
called it a washstand
to her it was a prop
it’s the older sibling
SHE’S SINGING MUMMY
MAKE HER STOP
the […]Read more...
Neither This nor That
Antonia Alexandra Klimenko
In the beginning was the word
and with it came the sound
That sound, that sound
that chanking echo of light vibration
intonation of […]
i// was a girl
to this day,
i// can be
on the subject
of canoes, camp-
fire songs, rope,
5. i// want to go […]Read more...
NIGHTLOGIC and S.E.T.I.
Today she has given up on the sun.
She lost that battle to nightlogic some time ago.
Nightsweats versus the challenge of […]Read more...
i have had a hand down my back
telling me in a soft spoken voice
everything will be […]Read more...
The Life Cycle of the Universe
THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE UNIVERSE
If you gaze long into an abyss,
the abyss will gaze back at you.
We paint […]Read more...
At stiff arm’s length of Life: a lineman’s doing
Not for lack of fucking with Adam’s hand
But market forces give a […]Read more...
David Ishaya Osu
how do i close
a can carrying
the cream go?
—if not, break
the eggs and
go south: one
star will empty
This happened, or will & On the street where I live
in the beginning
was a word
how very often
day comes before the night
& winter comes after fall
& the fall comes […]
See, I do not care about Miss Mariah,
I care about her legs.
If fat is some faithless body protection then
I’m operating […]
Two poems from bless us (who have chosen soul)
the caged bird sings
cos it has a song
that my song has been sung
that i […]
love less more
kuasi n. imara
1. they rode the road through rocks and holes cost to coast for roll the lot lands of grit dusted […]Read more...
Azmumg (with two translations)
Uremgh ad ccefegh
S igh iddem uzmumg
Yasi d assar,
Ig iyyi bayttâr.
Ifel iyi gigh tassika.
Izenzaren ar agh […]
D maf agwlif
Gigh irigw n uzkkif
Gigh kra izgren tabrida
Gigh irden n tiffilla
Gigh ma nn izrin…!
Gigh ahiyâd ann
from “Balikatan Counternarrative,” a quadruple sestina
Sean Labrador y Manzano
How is this wrong? Maritime Domain Awareness Obama proclaims Balikatan
Blessings of Civilization is Huey longboard colonial is Kilgore’s area deniable
June […]Read more...
In a springless year,
an azure late March sky
featherless bird intrudes,
“I shall etch my story right
against the sky for those who
feign faith. And, […]
They tell a story …
They tell a story …
It embodies the selfless.
A character built , the tale sculpted.
It’s the noise , a babble […]Read more...
We stood on top of an abandoned factory in Bushwick and saw a man down below an old director. We asked if he could take our pictures as we jumped off the roof.
If you jump off this roof, how will you live? he asked.
Neither of us knew how to live per se. That’s why it was time to jump off the roof.
Just kidding, we said. We’re going to jump down to you from the ledge over there and it will […]Read more...
Wings of Sulfur
I am curious towards the dreams that keep you alive, I don’t mean living with a regular heartbeat throbbing through you and penetrating the steps that leave holes in the ground but the kind of living that inspires you to simply chew with dominion, stare with desire and laugh with abandon. I know that you want to live a novel-worthy, nickname deserving, reference commendable life and I believe that somewhere inside of you, you are capable of such wondrous strides. […]Read more...
La-Li and The Vagina
Melissa Hunter Gurney
When Gunther left to run errands Marquez went directly to La-Li’s room to find her packing. “I’m sorry to hear about your grandfather.”
“Don’t be,” she said, “He wasn’t that nice of a man. He was a racist and a drunk.” Marquez put his hand on La-Li’s hips and moved them downward in circular motions around her ass, “Well, if you are not sad. . . ” His hands slid up to her breasts and after squeezing them and pushing his […]Read more...
We should teach our children to use the phrase “we should teach our children” more often
I hereby declare Thinkpieces the medium of the future. A quirky mixture of juvenile language, barely parsed through logic, and the insinuation that everyone should live their lives the way you live yours– suddenly you have a relatable Thinkpiece. This logic begs the question: what will our children do when faced with the task of writing their viral Thinkpieces? How will future generations be able to successfully use such an influential medium to over-assume and arrogantly tell others what to […]Read more...
Michael Clarke Molds Young Minds
Ever since Nina went to live with mom in St. Petersburg, FL, I’ve been thinking about getting fish. Fish are the one animal you can own that animal rights do not apply to. You can get yourself on a list for doing something horrible, like lighting gasoline-drenched kittens on fire and throwing them at cows out of the window of a moving car or something, and animal rights laws will still let you buy fish. Fish don’t count.
I didn’t do […]Read more...
Masa, Massa, Matter
John Murillo III
Masa, Massa, Matter
“I start to think
And then I sink into the paper
Like I was ink”
I know the corniness of masa before it’s in my mouth. My mother makes sopes on a regular basis, sometimes to entice my auntie to make the drive from Palos Verdes to visit us and her Pomeranian, Jabez, whose dead, stank-ass, black-spotted tooth finally fell out two months ago.
My father’s ritualistic Christmas all-night tamale sculpting stains my memory’s fingers and air with beige stickiness, the thudding […]Read more...
Margot Tenenbaum in My Bedroom
The Royal Tenenbaums hadn’t been “a thing” in years. Plenty of other so-called lust-worthy emblems of the damaged goods girl with the distinct, waifish look had succeeded Margot Tenenbaum, including, but not limited to, Natalie Portman as Sam in Garden State, Kate Winslet as Clementine Kruczynski in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Charlotte Gainsbourg as Stéphanie in The Science of Sleep. And then there were all those who preceded Margot, including, but not limited to, Audrey Hepburn as […]Read more...
Waiting For A Friend
Calma sits on a bench on a platform, waiting for a friend. At her side, a dirty, orange, cloth bag full of picture-books – on it, a badge: ‘ferretsfurrever’.
“Morning, Calma. Looks like another scorcher – waiting for a friend again?” asks a member of station staff. He doesn’t wait for her reply.
The London train slides in; Calma says good morning to each of the ten or twelve who disembark, her face lit by watery sun arcing over the station roof. […]Read more...
Lyrics & Songs
Live In The World
bathmatics and E.R. Perry
live in the world —
live in the world of
in the world of
and try […]
An Introduction To The F Word
VERY BAD WORDS
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Cheese Blintzes & Partners in Crime
i love the cheese blintzes
the banjeeboys, the near-misses
tv quizshow 140-whizzes
love my life in so-showbusiness
As the waves marry with the mountain side
She finds a rose that’s been washed […]more...
just beneath its skin, a story untold
let it burst apart from this god given mould
Lullaby (on the occasion of Paris attacks, 13/11/2015)
David Leo Sirois
The stars revolve around our heads,
& this moon is no fake –
I just cannot help […]