CRYPT IN THE SKY Order me up, no one knows where this crypt in the sky like a condo on the 5th floor suite don’t sell me out over the years; please don’t bury me beneath this ground, don’t let me decay inside my time pine casket. Don’t let me burn to cremate skull last […]
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DEMONS The demons that dwell inside my head are coming out now and I greet them with a resigned malice while my neighbors finish dinner, help their children with homework, put dishes in the dishwasher, discuss finances, take their pills, finish watching Jeopardy.
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NEVERWELL by DARREN C. DEMAREE coming soon from Small Harbor Publishing (2023) A car skids / onto our / front lawn / & I rush out / to make sure / I’m not in it. -Darren C. Demaree Every once in a while, you pick up a poetry book that’s exactly what you’ve been waiting […]
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A Hundred Ways to Die You lose all your body fat, visible bones father Hospice is here, the bed you read a thousand books in, blanket over your face to sleep, snow outside, steps from dogs and grandkids, metastasized, a sunflower sprouts from your lungs, a sparrow on your disc florets, tomatoes green ready to […]
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GOOD LUCK FOR THE DAY I’m walking along when I see this middle-aged woman at the top of a short flight of steps trying to pull a stuffed chair through a doorway, so I stop and call up to her, “Would you like some help?” Checking me out for a moment she smiles and says, […]
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Aphrodite’s Spatial Analysis This love denies time. It only eats when hungry as it eschews tradition. Pale moonlight is its energy. It sleeps late on weekends in a quilted entanglement. Exploration evolves without sound – a small breath – coy eyes. Kisses are airborne. It grows through a ventilation system of deflected sunlight and shadows. […]
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metade a man sleeps beside me clutching half a lemon and i smoke half a cigarette, for the fullness of the world exists only in the chapel i prayed in this morning (basilica da estrela) surviving off custard pastries and espressos the pigeon named julio, pecks by my feet in a silly quest to discover […]
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Stalled Inkfor Lois 1942–2020 1 At the grocery store Lois searchesin her wallet, her pockets, her planner,her purse, her phone…The girl at the registereats Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.Her fingertips are stained bright red. What Lois searches forbleeds through the paper and the paperhas faded away. 2 From 8,000 feet upin the basket of a hot air […]
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Our reading period is OPEN from October through April. Our reading period is CLOSED from May through September. We will not respond to poems sent to us when our reading period is closed. THANKS FOR CONTINUING TO TRUST CACTI FUR AS YOUR POETRY DRY GROUND!!!! ~~~ Thanks for considering Cacti Fur as a possible home […]
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Early March The sky digs in her fingersto massage the mountain, presses deep into canyon cleftswhere the ache of glacier and rock-fall scrape is most acute,rubs a hard gloss onto ice and slickrock, breathes a thin heat onto sloped meadowswhere elk browse among winter-worn grasses, and a small fox, untouched by cold,a gold glint of […]
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