“Tit-Led,” “Love in Turd,” and “Puff Muffin”

Tit-Led Cat stole picture, just left anal raped. Kindred suction on dried shattered. Fingers uncurled in shaky bone table. Blood drained squashed…


“Practice Makes,” “Cultivate One’s Own Garden,” and “Under Lucky Stars”

Practice Makes Hard-landing on the American continent, the space craft from the Enlightenment cracks along the United States. A dreamed more perfect…


“Strands,” “The Relationship Will Not Be Resumed,” and “At the Marriage Counselor’s Office”

Strands Strands of hair led me to find you in your bedroom--- small and seeming smaller for your invisible body, burrowed head in an array of……


30 Birds: “A Love Poem” by John Robert Barnes

(click to enlarge) *** For all installments from 30 Birds, click here. Previous installments: "Velvet" by the Bloody Eyes "Subtle" by Yukio…


Gods Dance in My Head

Enthusiasm (from the Greek word enthousiasmos, from enthous, meaning “possessed by a god, inspired.”) I want to make something for you That means I…


“To My Old Friend, C.K.,” “Custodes,” “Waiting for the Wounds,” and Other Poems

To My Old Friend, C.K. They never believe you; not in Vegas or Chicago. They laugh at you--- you with your white shoes and seersucker suit. They…


The Department of Education Turned My Entire Generation Into Domestic Terrorists

Homeboy's got a slow burn heart Knows wrong from right and doesn't give a damn any more The fire's burnt out in his chest You know he's the walking…


“Errol,” “Their Cure,” and “Scratching Entertainment from a Pile of Tinsel Incendiaries”

Errol Errol had one wish to live and two to die depending upon the interval he was at, Its beginning, or at its end. Then at 50 he met his end. And…


“Consumption,” “Bergman’s Island,” “Unrequited Harmony,” and Other Poems

Consumption All her life she has been eating herself. As a girl beginning with her feet where she washed the feet of others with her long hair. Only…


An Anti-Manifesto Manifesto

I don’t give a damn: "Enough is enough" is enough Don't ask me to read your gay manifesto I don't give a fuck about your mass shooter IPO I ain't…