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Who Lurks in the Swamps? SWAMP-MAN!!

Here’s a throwback to a time when I was completely unselfconscious about what I wrote and drew, fueled by nothing but enthusiasm, stealing shamelessly–like an artist–from the things that excited me. I wrote and drew a lot of comic books when I was a kid, but sadly, the only one to survive to this day is Swamp-Man #2, done when …Continue reading →

Eskimo

you walk on the edge of the frozen abyss you threaten to leap into shadows of mist you smile & you say you created the moon i watch your reflection in the back of a spoon you press your face on the glass of the window the chill is enchanted by the glare of the snow i smile when you …Continue reading →

A Fine Romance

torn paper, damp & grey all stormy in the underworld i think of every night wishing washes washed up waffle kissing in the catacombs symphony in blue symphony in blue this mask i wear is ever true & slipshod shafted after all all in all in all in all romance for the little fool wrote a letter never sent it …Continue reading →

The Trouble With Dreaming

I dislike most dream sequences in fiction (novels and short stories, TV shows, movies, comics, etc). I feel like very few people get them right, and that includes myself when I’ve written them in stories. Unless my own dreams are significantly different from other people’s dreams (which I doubt–I’m special, but not that special), most dream sequences are nothing like …Continue reading →

The Courgette Waltz

as quick as cauliflower in the eye of a comet before a meeting of the parliament of shadows moondrunk & sparkled with the opals of a distant galaxy dancing on a bridge of crows my teeth in a sling demonstrating fire with a flowering hand in the last important railway station as ivory & iron making a forest out of …Continue reading →

Memories of Irresistible Toys

& if you think about it the meaning of a poem nailed to a door with an umbrella a sewing machine a fire extinguisher puppet strings & tattoo ink loneliness & memories mirrorballs & cattle prods for a hint of mint & a spot of honey going at it hammer & tongues an explosion of news & entertainment & a …Continue reading →

Sonnet for Everyone

an explosion of fire-flowers bursting through the midnight — & the glass & the sky are dueling with a frosty edge vagabond stars & aging gods dance beneath the whispering clouds that pass in eloquence like a squirrel on velvet & the moon queen is my secret wife my oldest love my snowfall heart in the indigo circle of dawn …Continue reading →

Jason, Christopher, Lady, Tiger

It’s just like that story, ‘The Lady or the Tiger’!” Jason whined. “What do you mean?” Christopher asked. Jason sighed, walked to the door that led to the garage, opened the door with a dramatic flourish, and…well, what do you think was behind it?

Fragment: A Night in the City

Albert walks through the sweltering, summer streets of the city, occasionally removing his fedora and fanning himself with it, wiping the sweat from his brow with his handkerchief. No one seems to pay any attention to him as he wanders from block to block, looking intently at the windows and doors of the restaurants, the diners, the drugstores. “Where are …Continue reading →

The Final Cut

I thought taking a random girl home from the bars would be the definitive end to my relationship with Holly. Holly thought my murder would be the definitive end to our relationship. Both of us were wrong and both of us were right, but not for the reasons we expected.

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