POETRY: Philip Rafferty – FANTOMAS

Fantomas

The baby is crying.
We are all alone.
She is Fantomas
And we don’t
Know what to do.

Last time I was here
They didn’t give me
A paper cap.
But the guard offers us three
And I put them on us.
I feel Napoleonic.

Fantomas is inconsolable.
She wants to face out.
So I carry her
Past the guns and armor.
The Grand Palais was closed again
And so we are here amongst the arms.

You are interested
In how a world war starts.
I never knew you to care before.
History is hard, you say to her.
But what you don’t say is
Because the future is not just ours.

How can cities be taken?
You search with a mother’s concern,
Work to build a cursory understanding of
What to fear in the coming years?
You look for signs as I pace
Rocking the baby to sleep.

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POETRY: ANDREW HUBBARD – VISITING THE PIERCE’S

Visiting the Pierce’s

I greet you with a hearty handshake
And a half-hug, your wife
With a decorous peck on the cheek.

We go inside. We’ve been friends
So long I make my own drink.

I and my martini wander the comfortable family room
While you and your wife clash
Dishes and tart words in the kitchen.
There are framed photos from early days to present.
I always start at the same place
The one of your wife on Martha’s Vineyard
With her left hand holding her blond hair out of her face
Laughing, while the cold wind
Turns her nipple to a bright raisin beneath her thin top.

I see that picture in my mind
Almost every night when I go to sleep.

I turn my attention to another picture:
Your first-born, then a toddler in a sailor cap
Now a handsome young man.

Try to turn my attention…
It doesn’t work. Never does.

Once, over wine, on an anniversary date
My wife, who was in a very hostile mood,
Said I married the wrong girl,
Should have married yours.

In a stroke of genius, I said nothing,
But I’ve wondered ever since
What women know, and how they know it.

I drain my martini in a brain-twisting gulp.
And seriously consider another.

~

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POETRY: Anne Britting Oleson – November

November

All day the wind bemoans
its solitary state, the birds
of summer long since fled,
leaves turned from green to red to brown
then stripped away from skeletal trees
to race dryly along the roadside.
In the cold house she wanders
from room to echoing room,
wrapping her arms around herself,
speaking once or twice to hear
a human voice. When she settles
among the shadows with a book,
her eyes stray—to the stopped clock,
the dusty photos. Outside, the sound changes,
and she turns: suddenly, a hailstorm.
The ice clacks against the glass.
The sun shines on, oblivious.

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POETRY: SEAN LYNCH – THE SODOMITE IS DEAD!

The Sodomite is Dead!

Philadelphia’s Market
street continues underwater
and onto Delaware’s eastern bank
where empty structures are no longer
stores in designated places
along the four lane formerly city
street [this is no longer a city]
with no fear of getting hit [it’s already hit]
on its own accord the blood moon once full
bled out and yet its gray visage remains
if only because of parting clouds
and in that instance poetry is seen
by some the few walking this still street.

What liquid courses
through our veins tonight
Walt Whitman?
As ghosts stride
by your beloved Delaware
they try to catch a glimpse
of your penultimate abode
only 200 yards south of Market
and yet the view is obstructed
by the Panopticon prison
rising as one of countless
American/Babylonian
towers, this one jutting out in the cluttered
but abandoned Camden air.

What thoughts course
through ghosts’ minds
of you tonight Walt Whitman?
Someone built a fair, tents, rides, and all
on the former foundation of another prison
directly north of the big blue bridge.
Imagine the revelry the prison was only torn
down a few years ago and now it’s a party.
America’s screaming drunk children
revitalize the cities kick out the residents,
redistribute the poor not the wealth.
Prisoners shipped beyond
the suburbs in privacy
not so subtle slavery what do you think
Walt Whitman?
How long is the party going for?
Will we overstay our welcome?

There are no peaches left in Camden’s Market
no penumbras for you to fondle, what fun is there
in eyeing the now jobless homeless grocery boy?

“The sodomite is dead!” they said and still
the phantom mob stands
on what used to be known as Mickle Street
when they heard news of your death
the city rejoiced and since then America
has changed the name of your street
to MLK Boulevard in mock honor
and all the incarcerated are thinking of you
Walt Whitman even if they don’t know
it, our sinful American saint.

Rise from your gray tomb
renounce manifest destiny
renounce racism
renounce the empire
so that we may begin again
bathed in fresh morning dew.

~

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POETRY: SEX IN THE SKY – Nancy Iannucci

Sex in the Sky
 
I was on my way to Emily Dickinson’s house,
when these two clouds spit on my skin.
The storm left them behind, so
they followed me up I91 North
en route to Amherst.

I soon forgot about the clouds
when I saw you-
you straddled above me
like sex in the sky.
The clouds grew bitter.
They wanted you,
wanted to be part of you,

part of something magnificent
again, & so they ate you out,
stuffed each layer of your promises
into their mouths & took the credit.

I wanted to catch
you –have one more look,
so I tapped on my breaks
to decelerate the race
between us. It was too late.
I watched as they
devour you fast & wild:

They peeled off your red cloak
consuming the pain of wars dripping
in your juice mid-chew like komodo dragons.

They pulled at your orange slip
then masticated with their mouths open
overriding years of corporate greed
like a fire-eater at the Greatest Show on Earth.

Your yellow skin made them howl
in wolf packs as they struggled with
the “peel here” corner; they rubbed
& rubbed until you separated;
the wait was worth it.
You melted in their mouths
like lemon drops soothing
the parasites of addiction.

Your green eyes cleansed
their palate like ginger as
they turned over the Earth,
foiling centuries of forest fires.

They drank your blue sweat
like boilermakers cleansing
the seas of oil spills in one pint-glass.

Integrity was almost restored
as they sucked the sweetness
from your indigo lips.
You made their tongues turn purple
before they went for your Violet.

Poor Violet!

She was your final layer of hope,
and just like that you were gone –
consumed! The sky wiped their
mouths clean of your candy
as I made a right turn
onto Main Street.
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POETRY: PEACH – Robert Beveridge

Peach

I can smell the scent
you left in the room
these hours later, faint
in the air, stronger
on a discarded bra,
your T-shirt, the pillow.
It is the freckled copper
of your skin, pale ripe
sweetness of lip and tongue,
the flesh full to bursting
with juice, so ready
the touch of a tongue
would cause it to ooze
its sticky sweetness.
Here in this bed I wait
for you to come home,
dream of peaches.
~~
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POETRY: before we’re done – Robin Wyatt Dunn

before we’re done

Here now, after there, and before we’re done:

Los Angeles, tossed into the wormhole, kept inside the confessional,
nailed to the sidewalk by angry Korean locksmiths, shouting:

“Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!”

The ultimate mindfuck.

Give me your ultimate mindfuck, and I’ll show you the key, out of reality.

We all know it here:

Like Depeche Mode says, one caress, and I’m blessed:

Shivering under the freeway

Standing near a beautiful woman

Getting a new apartment

Going to a show

Standing in a large party

Under the shadow of the Scientologists

Under the shadow of the night.

Give me the shadow of the night, for I am thirsty, and my long wait
must be rewarded.

Let me drink.

(Ohhh)

It is too delicious. What did you put in it, Los Angeles?

You fucking drug pusher. Pimp.

Give me the night and all its names.

Tell me: am I still wanted?

Am I still needed?

Fight me.

Fight me.

Fight me, fandangle me. Fear me for the flour we’re grinding, hum dee
ho, rum rum:

As Pee Wee Herman observes:

Micka Licka Hiney Ho

And this koan describes a large portion of Los Angeles:  ass lickers,
of course, but more, as they transform it into a mystical right . . .

We know Christianity was built by Roman Emperors to fuck Israel.

It is possible Islam was built by Israel to fuck them back.

Or maybe that was Hollywood.

Dream with me, of the long delivery

And dream with me, of the midnight flash

Come calling at midnight

Left drinking at midnight

Turned toward at midnight

Whose name was eternal

Whose light was an ocean

Who danced

Hum hum hum

Who danced

Hum hum hum

Who was it took the name from the mountain and put it on your forehead?

You terrible mark

Terrible day

Like Cain

We are a city of Cain’s children. All right. All right, fine. I can
dig it, indeed, move it, wheelbarrow it and reassign it in the
categories of meaning to something fruitful, once we are singing

Give me the long delight
In the rain

Kill Hollywood with me, with each of our long knives

If Titus can do it, so can we

Let’s fuck Israel together

And Rome too

Fuck Mecca, and fuck Uruk for good measure, and Gobekli Tepe

Like Ginsberg says, it’s all holy, baby.

The asshole too.

Still, some things are more holy than others . . .

Give me the long division

In the long breeze

Give me the long night

To open the curtain

I am the curtain

This is a temple

Our cult is holy

And there is no night or day

I am not alive

Or dead

I am just barely breathing

Our voice is a thousand suns

And Los Angeles is our plaything

If only for an hour

A day

A week

Five months, at the outset

Give me the strong production schedule

Order twenty pints of blood

Polish your hair

I am rehearsing my lines

We have no need of money

We have honor

Even Cain’s children have honor

Even the voiceless are stars

Burn with me, the permanent midnight

Underneath the freeway overpass

Burn everyone

Burn Tom Cruise

Burn Natalie Portman

Burn our most beloved, anyone you can name

Anyone of our city you can name

Burn them

Burn them
Burn these princes in their holy vestments

Blacken the night with their song.

Blacken the night with me,

And I’ll hold you close

Take me to the river

So we can howl

I am breathing some night I have never seen

Out of the water I can see the stars

~~

This poem was first performed at Second Sunday Poetry in North
Hollywood, September 11, 2016.

~~

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POETRY: WAITING ROOM BLUES – JOHN GREY

Waiting Room Blues

 

I wish there was something worth reading

but the doctor’s waiting room

is like a home for unwanted magazines,

ancient People with pages torn out,

a scraggy looking Sports Illustrated

previewing a world series that was played

months ago.

And then there’s the medical rags,

every sickly base covered

by glaring ads with grinning people

pushing every drug on the market.

Toss in the persistent cougher two seats

down from me and the woman whining

because her appointment’s already

twenty minutes overdue

and you have a whole other disease

that I, unfortunately, can’t help catching:

a low grade virus incorporating

a lack of faith on the part of the medical profession

in the interests and mental aptitude of their patients

crossed with a waning enthusiasm

for my fellow unhealthy human beings.

The only cure that I know of

is a nurse calling out my name

and a doctor poking down my mouth,

listening to my heart beat

and making me deep breathe.

In the MD’s knowledgeable hands,

I can be sicker than I’ve ever felt in my entire life

but oh so much better for it.

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POETRY: LET THE GROUND BREATHE WITH YOU – Jennifer Lothrigel

Let The Ground Breathe With You

Let the ground breathe with you,
not in opposition.

On my morning run
I pass by two elderly women
walking with their canes.
Scent of timeless roses.

Let the ground breathe with you,
not in opposition.

Dew drops line the center of aloe leaves,
the sweat on my unwashed morning skin,
has collected in the center of my chest−
still heavy with last night’s dreams;
I searched all night through alternative realities
for my drunk husband.Let the ground breathe with you.
not in opposition.

A man walks by with his dog,
pants under his breath
“It’s harder uphill, isn’t it.”

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