Spring 2020

seething oceans arc     over     endemic
irises: artificial "you" essences.
the pestilence
                        alights from behind
a protein structure derived
                                    from winded hills
("Steve Reich?"           "No, Third Reich.")
art deco
here     hence
            occasion when             breath
                        and      death
decay into one indistinguishable
e          c          h          o          .
singed like lungs
the singer lunges
the unmasked middle man ager
and his example-setting empty shadow boxing
"Mike Pence, you better take care
if you're friends with the creeps cutting Medicare"




Steve Carll

Steve Carll lives with his family in Arcata, California.  His books include Tracheal Centrifuge (Factory School, 2006), Tao Drops, I Change (with Bill Marsh, Subpress, 2004), Trace a Moment's Closure For Clues (Logodaedalus, 1996), and Sincerity Loops (Bathysphere, 1995).  His work has recently appeared in Otoliths, WCP Magazine and SurVision.  From 1988-1998, he edited the literary journal Antenym.  Performance video of most of his poetry from 1991 to the present can be found at  Steve recommends the Arcata House Partnership.


Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Wednesday, January 3, 2024 - 21:40