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April 22, 2018 / barton smock

give god my space in the unleft church

as you count on your teeth the losses
I’ve turned
to stone

April 22, 2018 / barton smock

Two Towns Over – poems – Darren C. Demaree


Two Towns Over
poems by Darren C. Demaree
Trio House Press, 2017

*Winner of the 2017 Louise Bogan Award


Nobody tosses
out the drugs

of the dead.
That’s not how
this works. – {from} Monroe Mills, Ohio

Darren C. Demaree, in his book Two Towns Over, blesses a cursed Ohio with a populace whose touch is fighting an infection.

I know this Ohio…I know what it’s like to step over the shadow of one’s ghost…to lay low so as to give death nothing to leap from. To jump rope in hell. Demaree points to places made for map that have instead gone on to shoulder nowhere, from bunk bed to basement, looking to be housed.

Each entry, each poem, is an abruption, an angry rendering of those hypnotic recognitions that ask the present for the past and the past for the present that there may be a future…

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April 21, 2018 / barton smock

removal musics (x)

this father
handing bibles
to prison scene
extras, his sadness


the drive-in’s
/ nose
to the scarcity
of theatrical

the fish a cigarette burn on the body of god
gets bigger
over time….

how unfair
to insomnia
the monster
with child

April 20, 2018 / barton smock

{announcements, outskirts}

thru April 23rd, Lulu is offering free mail (or 50% off ground shipping) with coupon code of SHIPIT2018

poetry collections, mine, self-published, are here:


private publications are available via paypal ( or, as such:

chapbook, [BASILISK], 64 pages $5.00
(Feb 2017)

chapbook, [the accepted field], 84 pages $5.00
(May 2017)

chapbook, [in this life another is you], 64 pages $3.00
(Oct 2017)


PDFs of some collections available at gumroad:

call for submissions:



I have privately published a work of mine consisting of 60 poems that I am calling {mood piece for baby blur}, and am making it available to anyone making a 5.00 or more donation to my poetry journal {isacoustic*}

{mood piece for baby blur} will not be made available in any form but this one.

donation can be made, here:

be sure to provide a physical address, to include your name, for the send.

You can check out {isacoustic*}, here:

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please share, or keep secret.

April 20, 2018 / barton smock

{reflection on Thaw by Chelsea Dingman at isacoustic*}

thaw – poems – Chelsea Dingman

April 19, 2018 / barton smock

{reflection on Yolk by Camonghne Felix at isacoustic*}

Yolk – poems – Camonghne Felix


April 19, 2018 / barton smock

lawn musics

books on arson, grammar, vandalism…

god, multiple owners.

a typewriter
touched by father
at night.

the electric chair my brother imagined
& the hair
my sister…

adam (who’s never known the age of eve