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July 26, 2017 / barton smock

cigarette gospel

on a stage
in a beaten
field
a man
new to walking
is opening
with his hands
the belly
of a shark
that’s eaten
by word of mouth
a local
priest
whose fingernails
miss teeth
like an angel

July 26, 2017 / barton smock

untitled

a movie
to father
an extra
room
where the more
are less
to feed

July 26, 2017 / barton smock

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recent self published books:

[the boy who touched all the eggs]
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[depictions of reentry]
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recent readings both lonely and badly lit:

6.27.17
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11.4.16
https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=LzHCJHzPvrc

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some poems:

[entries for transformation]

i.

is there blood in something born outside,

a history that works in one ear?

ii.

time touches nothing. is the sex of my bruise

/ a scar

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[somebody kiss]

place a wet diaper on a skateboard and send the skateboard across a non-busy street. we call this summer. the older kids arrange on a stretcher the pieces of a woman’s bathing suit. the older kids come for the skateboard. our tortured turtle is bad with names. the tractor has yet to reach the…

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July 26, 2017 / barton smock

bowl and psalm

his inner monologue made of water.

a pill
in a drop
of rain.

a rabbit on a leash. a dead bird
in a woman’s hat.

wind.

my eye for my other
oh town
of Ark.

July 26, 2017 / barton smock

thinning

under the monster’s bed
a child
haunted
by normalcy
gags
on a goldfish
from the painter’s
darkroom

July 25, 2017 / barton smock

without me

eat
as often
as a squirrel
mad
for the ghost
of a nesting
doll

July 25, 2017 / barton smock

element

after
the talking
animals
of body
horror

and before
acolytes
anonymous-

the wrong
dying
baby