“A Complete Love of Damage,” “The Lobby, LaSalle Avenue,” and “Halves”

A Complete Love of Damage (A line from “Signs and More” by Noelle Kocot, 2016) In contrast to Aristotle's way of explaining nature, Galileo relied on…


“Johnnie Cochran’s Bones” and “Your Calling”

Johnnie Cochran's Bones I should’ve dug up Johnnie Cochran’s bones, slapped a moustache on his skull & played ventriloquist for your trial,…


Meditation Upon Gustav Holst’s The Planets

Oak hasn’t gone wanting for the Touch of war and the cardinal Ain’t no Ares if’n you planning On attending this cathedral. Uncle Mick says I’ll meet…


“POTUS Interruptus,” “Bluff City,” “August Instead,” and Other Poems

POTUS Interruptus Donald J. Trump is often very good. What he is great at is being Donald Trump--- the only one we will ever have. When he dies, any…


“Maisie’s Mom Says,” “If I Were the Autumn Leaves,” “House of Cards,” and Other Poems

Maisie's Mom Says Words from Maisie Jean. "Mama I don't wanna do spelling and why does the cat lick to clean?" The music of her voice makes me want…


“Harbor Town in Plague Years,” “Russian Poets,” “East Liverpool, Ohio,” and “The Dead at Noon”

Harbor Town in Plague Years Scarlet, white, and green, Fluids of every shade, Mix among the crowds Swarming and teeming Towards the docks Where ships…


“Verbarian,” “Lawlessness,” “Tempus Fugit,” and Other Poems

Verbarian Slippery lovers ameliorate their omissions by catachreses or misuse of meronyms. Peddlers of phrase aren’t bucklers of breve. Anatomy of…


“Citysummerscape,” “Bad Name,” and “Cleaning House”

Citysummerscape Sun shower, concrete haze, umbrella dance routines, sandblasted day dreams. Rain-bowed hypodermic, needles intravenous from Mars, too…


Louche Empire

He sniffs his fingers and eyes the waiter. Our church has no bells. They call it virtue signaling, this thirst for recognition. What is this hunger?…


“Pluto Girl,” “Stars in My Eyes,” and “Diss Track in the Key of Childish Poet”

Pluto Girl Pluto Girl sings only songs without words. She lives in the far corner of space surrounded by rocks and ice. She is queen of the Unnamed.…