Art

Wretches – Lee Levinson

Syphilitic Monasteries

 
Syphilitic monasteries cream gumption, frostbit yo
Reckon this and that beneath immolation Gods
Seemly catholics knuckle dance the horah over worms of sediment
Curse the dollar for shoving another overgrown man in my pocket,
As reinvented sundials people Candyland’s ghettoed arteries
I shed in spite of lotioned welcomes and still
Suicide plastics martyr the onslaught gingivitis.

Sticky with salvation residue
Discounted ‘cause premature deaths;

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Tilted – Paige Johnson

Stained my bedroom floor with blue agave my stomach spit up like turpentine.
As translucent, poison as sweet-smelling. Arsenic disguised as a soft beverage.
Splattered my most prized possessions with my guts ’cause I have none.
Cost nothing. 99 shooters give me as many problems with no sense back.
Refused cash back at the register the night before because a five-finger discount
Evens out enough in the end.

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You’re Mine. (An Amorous Obituary) – Sofija Popovska

“Underworld Tea-Party (From Eurydice, to Orpheus)”

 

I bring the customary cup of futile porcelain dust to my lips with a shaking hand.

Somewhere, the noose tightens.

Actually, everywhere.

Smoke bombs erupt inside crystals, rough precious walls fill with irresolvable opacity. 

Please —

I will walk an Odyssey one day. I would walk now.

The vacuum is a test of courage.

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Erstwhile Ephemera – Jonathan Hine

i hereby renounce the capacity to be attacked

 

cigarette through fingers undefined
calloused palms
enfolded completely
letting always from my weakness
& in this way, 
wasted.
it lay there now, concentrated 
the kernel in itself, 
a false resurgence.
set face to face under hemispherical 
ceilings,
swift passes in the air
out of terror for its
hallowed combustion
&

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