Spring 2020

Corpses occasion raw opinions - no
antiquated virility improves
            ruined ultimatums--serumlessly.
the pulmonary forms of the infection which satiate
            something manifest     are multipliant,
maintaining up to four lungs in the county--
like if an event featuring all your mates
                        was set ablaze with poison,
the risk of contagion stays risky
            with a sanitary continuum of respirants
                        while your masks gaze disinfectedly.
Speculation is brawling           since you've
offered me that fabulous price for an incessant
necessity during our ordinary march.
The poor family suffered their pain through the air.
immersed in this world
                                    a question that anyone may find
whether it is ultraviolet
                                                we may hit the body
you brought the light                           through the skin
            so I saw the disinfectant
inserting it                   or almost clearing it
so you will see it entering the lungs
                                                and there are many lungs in it
so it will be fun to check it
                                                so I went to the doctor
how the whole concept of light kills




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