Inflation

a simple moon once worth two bits now a bucket of silver dollars won’t buy a room with a hotplate view of the polluted lake. when all universe was still local we slept in the sky now moving stairs carry off the awful. the moon we have lights a dark gold daylily closed the mope…

Alphabet Primer

ant arpeggios ascending across apples bassoons beached catalytic converter clanking clanking clanking dogwood drowning each easy fustian frolic guitar gig hot heavy hair itch it juxtaposition kissing kangaroos loose monumental moment neononesuch operatuneditty pick pick pick quick quote roach run saturnalia socks tunnel tumult umbrella vexed virago waddle will exegesis you’re yours zone zero zonk

Ten Things You Need to Know (Unsponsored)

Unlikely you’ll find any of them in a list, particularly not this one, but it’s possible. Readers are neither encouraged nor discouraged to continue. The first step is to decide what you truly need from what you merely think you need. To do this, you must discern between need and want. We don’t always need…

On this Spot

She came from around the sun in cherry blossom time and paused, here, on this spot , < and found she could not continue blind to the irises and black dots spotting the hawk on its back < ~ their ships were nothing like the science fiction versions more like eyelashes and eyebrows ^ ^…

A Cool Cat’s Spring

City park a bench come Spring passersby doing their thing King slips into Queen being antique clown bums a smoke everybody doing something and those have nothing at all nothing their thing this Spring. Cool cat gesticulated crouch down by the empty reservoir live on social media channel pothole posts and midnight tweets comic flickers…

Some Comics Explained

Words were never so simple as we were taught to believe. Tricksters of the trade make things look like all the chess moves were preordained. And if we are reading second hand, through the prism of translation, so much the better for our lack of understanding! Words are not to understand, but to experience, to…

Sex, Catechism, and Nature

Did He smile to make me? The Tyger knows the answer but waits behind the tree while the smithy pounds the fire to awoke cold eyes. Did He make me to eat, be eaten, or both, the blacksmith beating, the heart now bleating, dressed in cute bows, the smithy now a ceremony? Nature prefers wildernesses,…

Vintage

The only place for this is here, where vintage plumbums inkling at a ridiculous price for what you threw out, paid to have hauled off, to the ground sea. Established then when demur removes memory, and in place restores smell, sound, touch in a space without echoes, and no logos, and especially no pathos. Argument’s…

Notes on “Pure and Faultless Elation Emerging From Hiding”

Pure and Faultless Elation Emerging From Hiding, by Lim Lee Ching, with Drawings by Britta Noresten. Introduction by Neil Murphy and Afterword by Jeremy Fernando. Poems Sequenced by Mary Ann Lim. Layout by Yanyun Chen. Paperback edition first published 2017 by Delere Press, Singapore.   In a December, 2014 interview with Sara Lau for Obscured,…