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June 21, 2017 / barton smock

microscope

i.

a candle
I light
with my eye
that is cared for
by a mother
who lives
homesick
in the basement
of a hospital

ii.

an infant performing surgery on a dream

June 21, 2017 / barton smock

{over, some}

(through June 22nd…)

kingsoftrain

10% off all print books AND free mail shipping, or 50% off ground shipping, at Lulu today with coupon code of BOOKSHIP17

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my most recent self-published thing is titled {the boy who touched all the eggs} and is a collection which includes three previous publications in full as well as some newer poems, and is here:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/barton-smock/the-boy-who-touched-all-the-eggs/paperback/product-23225174.html

all my currently active and available self-published works are here:

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/acolyteroad

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any requests for a free PDF of any work or of any work in hard copy for review, please send to bartonsmock@yahoo.com

I won’t say anything if you won’t.

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June 20, 2017 / barton smock

diurnal

baby
by the ear
and the door
by its knob

in my bible my birdlike nose

(a small hand wrapped in a scarecrow’s wing)

June 20, 2017 / barton smock

….retroactively not….

in which I softly attempt to bring a journal into the middle of my son’s sickness. entries one thru eight.

0503-2017

one day my son is dying, the next he is not, and the next he is. day four: prayer is dismissive, but welcome. whose past is how we left it? body is delivered twice. beginning and end. nostalgia and wardrobe. middle eats everything. it snowed and I thought my blood was melting. could be the way you reason that happens for a reason. I was a kid when mouse was a kid. there’s no hope and I hope.

0504-2017

his weight a cricket on a piano key

0508-2017

disability as competition, jesus. and then these over here are arguing about the use of the word, disabled. here we will coin transformative indifference. a body is not a teachable moment. as a parent, I think I’ll take the shortcut. meanwhile, I have a glossary of terms you’ll never need that you can read beneath a dog-eared, thumbless god.

0513-2017

sickness in the young is god’s way of preventing nostalgia from becoming the god I remember

0515-2017

there is sickness by repetition and sickness by living once. echo hasn’t the chance to go deaf. you breathe and say god gives out no more than that which I can handle. the next breath is mine. god gave us god.

0602-2017

I was beautiful but now I’m ugly. (now) being the most recognizable symbol of the present. this is the silence I speak of. my son says (more ball) and you hear (moon bone). he is very sick. his moon has bones.

0613-2017

aside: we don’t come out faking our death, but are born because birth can’t sleep

0620-2017

it takes four juveniles to recruit his thumb. his fist has been called: hitchhiker practicing yoga in a junkyard. I cannot visit the instant ruin that forgiveness creates. because I want to.

June 20, 2017 / barton smock

{over, some}

10% off all print books AND free mail shipping, or 50% off ground shipping, at Lulu today with coupon code of BOOKSHIP17

~

my most recent self-published thing is titled {the boy who touched all the eggs} and is a collection which includes three previous publications in full as well as some newer poems, and is here:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/barton-smock/the-boy-who-touched-all-the-eggs/paperback/product-23225174.html

all my currently active and available self-published works are here:

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/acolyteroad

~

any requests for a free PDF of any work or of any work in hard copy for review, please send to bartonsmock@yahoo.com

I won’t say anything if you won’t.

June 20, 2017 / barton smock

cupidity

we stood back to back on a trapdoor and waited for someone to cut our hair. I described my hands and you your face. I yawned and we became family. my ticks mourn your lice.

June 19, 2017 / barton smock

{boy(s)}

kingsoftrain

15% off all print books on Lulu today with coupon code of LULU15

I recently self-published a work there called {the boy who touched all the eggs} which includes three previous full-length collections as well as some newer poems. book preview on site is book entire. if you’d like a free PDF, or a free hard copy if reviewing, please send a request to me as such at bartonsmock@yahoo.com

book is available here:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/barton-smock/the-boy-who-touched-all-the-eggs/paperback/product-23225174.html

some poems, from it, below:

[toothache]

wrapped head-to-toe in toilet paper, he’d still ask for a cigarette. does this kid scream suicide to you? it’s not sexual. the name of my animal

is shape. remember the face we saw in the bruise?

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[axiom]

I am the weakest person my brothers don’t know. I go with them under a blanket we won’t all come out of. hell of a word, hovercraft, but not a…

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