"hatless," "the fascist sleeps," and "tied off"


in cold of mind
a swimming cat
your head sleep's shirt
a chair in rain
your antic flesh comes back
a pistol loaf of bread
the door blows open
hair and leaves
your thoughtless wrist
your golden rind



the fascist sleeps

the blinded fascist sleeps in his fear
    his fear is a wall covered in flame
the mindful fascist drips in her closet
    her closet a coffin deep with worms
the impoverished fascist shouts in his sleeve
    his sleep is a buried hose
the ashen fascist crawls over her corpse
    her corpse a garden of seeds
the watery fascist counts his dollar in a kitchen
    his kitchen is a car falling toward a lake
the talking fascist chews her stone
    her stone a gate made of leaves
the wandering fascist remembers his mask
    his mask is a faucet spewing oil
the bloodless fascist wraps a knife in her shirt
    her shirt a sunset climbing a tree



tied off

blame the wrinkled fog is
knob thrusting from yr fore
head holds the crusted
horror from yr toast and
glands ,heavy scrawling
in your coffeed inexplanation
,blame the lists of crum
pled arms and illumination
sores ,starving bones in
garbage blinding texts of
gristle and plastic your
open path toward swirling
light was muddied in the
bed's groaning months
- name what's sinking in
the mirror your thudding
comprehension of what
at last's begun ,or gone

over the air ,a string



John M. Bennett

John M. Bennett has published over 400 books and chapbooks of poetry and other materials. He has published, exhibited and performed his word art worldwide in thousands of publications and venues. He was editor and publisher of LOST AND FOUND TIMES (1975-2005), and is Founding Curator of the Avant Writing Collection at The Ohio State University Libraries. His PhD (UCLA 1970) is in Latin American Literature. His latest books include Select Poems (Poetry Hotel Press/Luna Bisonte Prods, 2016) and The World of Burning (Luna Bisonte Prods, 2017). He is co-editor, with Geoffrey D. Smith, of two works by William S. Burroughs: Everything Lost: The Latin American Notebook of William S. Burroughs; and William S. Burroughs' “The Revised Boy Scout Manual”: An Electronic Revolution; both published by The Ohio State University Press.


Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Monday, March 5, 2018 - 22:41