“I, NPC,” “Luna, She’s a Crooner,” “Gray Old Witch,” and “Dido of the Flames”

I, NPC Follow me, everybody! I’ve got a plan! You see, there’s no nobody who’s ever existed, like me, And we’re going to stop the #BadOrangeMan! He…


Five Poems by Simon Perchik

Untitled This cup grows old while the table overflows, wobbles then lists ---for a long time now the watermarks smell from smoke as the dim light…


Piss

piss


“Choosing Sides,” “Everyday Superwoman,” and “Big Eyes”

Choosing Sides The other guy is down and I feel nothing carnal blood---metallic film on my tongue, fireballs building in my gut, rising as I watch…


“Nurse Log” and “Some Observations and Reflections on Shelly in Her Tight Green Pants”

Nurse Log And this day begins. An old nurse log, half into earth, still highly attuned. A billion billion years to go; this high-minded cycle never…


Paranoia, Like Violence, is Always Justified

Perfectly Silent but something’s unstill A motion unseen, only felt by the skilled A twitch--- A turn This is a dance No one feels safe but there’s…


Trumpet Screams

Trumpet Screams told to be silent             So we sit silent…


“Gamification of Pain” and “Fruition”

Gamification of Pain Currency that survives the washing machine, a crumpled scroll in the back pocket of jeans that appends your flash fiction in the…


Post-Einstein Bagels

In this morning, I was accompanied by the sight of two cardinals cycling the air, like blushed-red in aerial view, and the sound of gravity at work,…


Eight Poems by Anna Akhmatova

translated by Don Mager Untitled If all in the world who have petitioned me For spiritual assistance,--- All the holy fools and the mutes, The…