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April 29, 2016 / barton smock


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all my self-published books are here:

most recently:

[earth is part earth and there’s a hole in the sound I made you from], 98 pages, published December 2015

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[MOON tattoo], 114 pages, published March 2016

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some poems from my collections:


it is not my job
to keep
the television
quiet, give

bunny ears
to someone

take your time, snake, this egg
will return
your belly



how far we are
from soup
when mother
burns her tongue
to convince
they had

the mime and the mute
the same

we love her so much
we use our brains
as often
as baby

first base is a landmine.

there’s nothing to say
we weren’t



to the sinking
of god’s
a stick

from the wand’s



if the poor could keep to themselves, they’d have superheroes. hey man, hey beast, them aliens already know what it means to be human. abduction is the fingerprint of loneliness.

what I teach my blood is grow up. I put everything I had into ruin. watch as my mother becomes your mother trying to be two people god can use to carry tug-of-war from a fossil.

my dream house is language. you say it to my face how there are beheadings that have made a wish. before my son was a giant, he’d somersault. cigarette in mouth he would.



if the unwrapping
of your mother’s
head wound
a tornado
chances are
you’ve heard
a crop duster
in the dream
of a weary



dropped on its head for saying footprint, the baby begins its work of collecting only those sounds it can scare. its father mothers otherness as one who watches a film to make the world worse. its brother hunchback and sister backstroke are viewed as two stomachs waiting for hunger to dry. because my mouth is empty, I talk all the time.


[bring me]

the boy possesses the silence of god.

bring me
the scarecrow’s

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