½ Truth

featured in the poetry forum August 16, 2017  :: 0 comments

Hey –

(a hand on my shoulder)

Hey –
It’s going to be a short while longer
The machine takes several minutes to warm up

(the modem blinks a red eye after sleep
three-prong stemming
when there is work to be done)

Hey –
Are you okay?
There is water behind the counter

(the mumble rises through my shoes
laughter in the dark
right outside the room
the things they say in secret)

Hey –
This paper is too thin
Try to fix it by keeping a distance

(a woven hum from somewhere below
trapped under boards
made of paper, made of tree roots)

Hey –
It’s 25% off after fifty
More is cheaper

(the backward wire vibrates the cord
of a rubber sole that peels on contact
to toe the water)

Hey –
Remember the time
This looked familiar

(step into the clutch of a close feeling
a frayed, threaded carpet burn
scar of value)

editors note:

What’s going on? Are we conspirators or conscripts; unconscious consumers, coerced and cloyed? – mh clay

The Framer

featured in the poetry forum May 29, 2017  :: 0 comments

she removed the lens
when the sidewalk shift
scraped the caked mud
off her feet
along the line,
square crossing sign,
reaping rubber meat
I tell you not
what flashing lights
will do to worsen sleep
dreaming of a narrow alley
dark & incomplete
a landline signal
low-fi & weathered
briny trigger
against the grain
sparkling in the night
trying to find the way
it goes up
a green cylinder
in my pocket
by way of
negligence
& mixed violations
inclined to capture a moment
on the cusp
of happening
it’s easier to tell
defiance from
choice of chance
to extend
a piece of yourself
releasing the tense
evolution of
unconscious recollection
open to suggestion

editors note:

When god walks into the next room, then forgets why he went in there… (We welcome Brittany to our crazy congress of Contributing Poets with this submission. Read more of her madness on her new page – check it out.) – mh clay

This Clonic Earth

featured in the poetry forum March 22, 2017  :: 0 comments

ruminating
things come slowly
pass the time
stare
at nothing

suppurating
surface
–>> seizure <<–

abrupt convulsions
jittery
grand mal experience

it effects –

“electrical changes in the brain“

she read that on the Internet
somewhere

she thinks she is dying
debt compounding

she returns to normal
continues on

following day
purchases
a 10-year term
life insurance policy
conscience cleared
pellucid sky
waiting for death

meanwhile…

the sun sets on an indifferent landscape

editors note:

Sweet security, guaranteed (for the insurance company). – mh clay

8 – 19

featured in the poetry forum January 8, 2017  :: 0 comments

Diaphragm vibrations
Tongue solipsism
Eye apparatus
Eardrums
Apparent disconnection
To be
Not to be
Methodological contrast
Categorical comparisons
Create definitions
Conscious pigeonholes
Work human verse
Solid space
Relationships
One without the other
Impossible
Lost attention
Interval ignorance
Melody steps
A note into the next
Marked transition
Permanence unachieved
Vanity of vanities
Vanity, vanity
Tribal history
Human ferment
Seeking deliverance
World of change
Unattached
Unborn
Unoriginated
Unformed
Essential awakening
Samsara
The wheel –
Return
To
Everyday
Life

editors note:

As in the turning of every wheel; always beginning, always ending… – mh clay