J. D. Nelson

J. D. Nelson

J. D. Nelson (b. 1971) experiments with words in his subterranean laboratory. More than 1,500 of his poems have appeared in many small press publications, in print and online. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Cinderella City (The Red Ceilings Press, 2012). Visit www.MadVerse.com for more information and links to his published work. Nelson lives in Colorado. He recommends Defenders of Wildlife.

water is the luxury to print a cookie
would you butter a letter?
 
mary is the magdalene of the soft hands
the paper is the laugh

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you could see the blue in there
read for the blind birds of prey
 
we will sink into the marsh slowly
​then we will be a part of everything

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I wanted to explore the afterlife with my characters, I wanted to let myself fully free, while still tense in the form of literature I have chosen to lock myself into. The death of the world, the death of the ego, the death of the self, the death of god.

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to be the wrong king
the bark in berry amounts and blessing
 
that sad friend in the lumber yard
that miracle frown to bless the kingship soccer

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the move from human to earthling
cheddar dump was a lightning spore
 
when the dreams come down
​the shaking of the language to go

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in thin dime situations,
it is best to remain calm

a found flannel ensures warmth

you are a smaller version of yourself

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