Read Poem (for John Cage) and e.e. cummings a little too // Matt Roscoe

a poem that you read

and a poem that is read

can be two very different things

and a poem that is red

was probably written by a Communist

but whether you read it aloud

or it is read in one's head

it should move the readers

equally.

 

Roscoe Matthews is a former filmmaker, real estate broker, and forklift operator. He is currently a visual artist and a poet. He received his education from New York University.

Workday // James Croal Jackson

pure coffee pleasure 
drinking work travels 
camping parties get-
togethers at work when 
the printer is jammed i 
move the tray until the 
deadlines variegating 
ironic pleasures and 
cogs who do not turn
sleep when moving 
uninterrupted clear 
jars have a shine that 
lights carburetor engines 
grasping understated harmonies 
in Kevlar mugs in which 
infested apples seek light 
order menially crisscrossing 
borders of yellow shades 
mashing front-up wonderful 
mistakes marketing harmonica- 
maudlin skaters receipt 
upon leaves and green 
greens until the market 
crashes and crashes and seventeen 
times i saw Pop-Secret popcorn 
pop in the breakroom microwave

 

James Croal Jackson originally hails from Clinton, Ohio. He is a film and creative writing graduate of Baldwin Wallace University. He writes music, makes short films, and perpetually longs to play racquetball. You can find more of his writing in various publications and at jimjakk.com. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Maria Assuredly // John Grey

more important than what you thought was yours
naked as unspoken words of a bright, upturned mouth
why do the facts crack so thin
beautiful inhumane stacked high with so much why?”
tight sparkly costume submerged in streets and idle chatter of men,
leaping quickly into swirls spirals eddies.
drifting apart from everything streaming over eye-piercing cobalt skies
drifting toward the soul of Apollo passed into a swan
and taco bell

 

John Grey is an Australian born poet. Recently published in Slant, Southern California
Review and Natural Bridge with work upcoming in the Kerf, Leading Edge and Soundings East.

Subject Matter // John Grey

something to write about, something not perfectly right, about the cat maybe,
or the woman behind glass, strangers abandoned to their own choreography,
or was that cartography? no, I don’t want to do the snake harm 
nor do I wish to put my hand on the stove or spy on my own grief or
stamp my feet and clap my hands, just a place to stand and observe and 
watch, not have to pull the trigger, maybe something I always wanted for her
but could only afford the pen on paper

 

John Grey is an Australian born poet. Recently published in Slant, Southern California
Review and Natural Bridge with work upcoming in the Kerf, Leading Edge and Soundings East.