Sunday, April 17, 2011

Lunar Flora

You are the sweat on the brow of a mother in her thirteenth hour of labor. You are the fickle fingers of a child grazing a splintery fence midday. You are a sixteen-syllable sentence uttered by a woman with beautiful lips. You are the thousands of end-of-the-world kisses in constant exchange at each terminal. You speak and rain falls upward. You blink and butterflies dissolve. There are shells of people out there trying, each day, to become an atom in the vast dance of your movements, to seek the mode in the range of your emotions. You are bottled nebulae with a cork that is waiting to pop.
You are lunar flora: prickly pear cacti which fill craters steeping in a celestial marinade hailing from the Horsehead. And should you stand beneath the sun for too long, the land which surrounds you would recede into the dark recesses from whence it came, and the soft luminescence of your eyes would suffice to lead your way.

Friday, April 1, 2011


You placate with
your palms, your
fivefinger tactile
And extinguish
with your lips:
two slivers of
cowardly koi fish

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Performer II

Into a tree you carved
a message with a knife


And you walked back to your car
dead leaves flying backward
beneath your feet
you drove all the way home with
the emergency signal on
singing the same song
your parents played
the night you were conceived

Thursday, March 17, 2011

While You Knelt

What is the history
of regret?
It doesn't want to talk about
that. Trust it, that was a mistake,
it should have known better.
And if, say, that magical
memory jettison corporation
from that one film
with the blue-haired girl
actually did exist, yeah,
it would most likely
opt for that. Instead,
its head is reduced to
a pendulum inclined
to encumber a neck
too frail to support it.
Sure, it had fun,
but it's a Catholic, see,
and guilt became the
new pink as soon as John Paul
tied a rose-hued
chiffon scarf 'round the eyes
of his subordinate,
whispered redemptive
prayers into their ear- "Pretend
it's your favorite
candy," five times,
for posterity.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Performer I

An octave prickles
the tongue which
cradles it and
buds bust into bloom
as the need for
projection is expressed
with a single
Yesterday failure fulfilled you
lips lubricated with glue
the thousand-headed
monster of the crowd
lies ravenous
its eyes cast on

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Count the Colors

O you

with plaid-clad

residual cherubs on your cheek

and pastel-planked

suburban scripture

How often does one pass

a leashed mut

on that stretch mark on the thigh

of lady lone star

In what manner do you display

allegiance to your

ever faithful

drag queen?

In what vein?

Sunday, October 10, 2010


People tell you

you've got the hands of an architect

Do you fancy the space around walls

at a professional level

or do you dabble

like an amateur pornographer

devouring each mediocre column with your eyes

like an A-cup

waiting to be enhanced with a nipple tassel

scrutinizing each paint swatch like a tit in a crowd

wondering who the fuck would assign a name like

Aphrodite's Menses to a hue that resembles

charred bologna

but you sit at your unused drafting table

and spend hours

staring at your hands

Estrogen & Tonic

You listen to a voice

for so long that its sonic appeal


And you walk to the park and sit

by the tree beneath which you


Eyes welling up with wet cement

you try to recall when

the novelty began to slowly whittle away

And how long the transient splendor

of novelty even existed before humans

compulsively hammered a word onto it

Did there ever exist a time in which

the things that initially felt good

remained that way?

Death is her pillowcase

her lingering perfume that pervades

the musty space of your apartment

the disgusting condiments she would

always insist that you'd stock up on

"Who the hell puts Worcestershire sauce

on a tuna sandwich,


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Dialogorrhea: A Love Story


"Gosh, nature is so incredible! Isn't it? I mean, look at all these rocks! They have this amazing scent. It almost smells like a really nice men's cologne, but it's completely natural! Nature is amazing!"

"Um, I think what you're smelling is probably laundry detergent. There's a coin laundry across the street. You'd be surprised by how far that scent travels."


"When be dat bus at?"

"Oh, 'scuse me, sir. Hi. Just a tip: You might not want to mix tenses like that. You'll find that when connotes Time while at connotes Place. One should choose the former or the latter lest one send the listener into a mottled linguistic frenzy. These are the logistics of the English language, you see. Do you read me, sir? . . . sir?"


"I don't have many ambitions, nor do I harbor any large-scale dreams for my future. And truth be told, I don't think I'll ever intend to."

"Then how is it that whenever I see you, it's as if it is always on the best day of your life? You seem content for a man without any dreams."

"Oh, but my life's a massive mosaic of 'em! I'm not a dusty, unimaginative machine. Every day is another dream and every night's aspiration is to wake up. Waking up always seems to suffice, too. I only wish to continue on this dreamtrain, to ensure that it doesn't derail, y'know? Am I confusing you?"

"A little. How about I sleep on it, and get back to you?"

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Line Breaks, con sal.

By sundown,
I'm but a million morsels of decay
as atoms reverse their tap dance
in a delayed orbit
around each eyeful of almonds
two salty caverns

This brand of torture is as exclusive
as it is elusive
swift, comparable to
a mere drizzle of honey;
it's funny
But not in a healthy way