Dizzy Domesticity

A strange dream of a smile split in two. Red dizzy spit pooling in the drain, dissipating in feathery swirls but, the piercing’s disappeared. Silver spike missing from pink gums. A boy I adore lays beside me on a couch leaning in as his girlfriend watches television.  We dare to hold hands where she can’t […]

Inflatable Plastic Toy

There’s a big swirling ball of garbage There’s a lot of fucking soup cans They’re emptying off shelves and multiplying Plastic and tin triangle of death each particle a star a blink that goes on by… Earth is my… inflatable plastic toy.

Another Lifetime

I don’t know how else to explain, my heart actually hurts, it beats one memory over my head and then the next… a rapid pace, this place, that place, friends then foes, faces, hands, happiness, woes. What blares in my mind, impossible to tell, like spiders between stair-boards or sand between toes… A trip to […]

Lost & Found Letter

We found this letter when we were walking around downtown Cedar Falls… It was left with several bags of food/provisions… Hello Sir or Ma’am, I was walking my dog here today & noticed items that appeared to belong to someone who may currently be without a home. As someone who has been given much & […]

ELECTRIC SIX — VAUDEVILLE MEWS

November 2, 2010 DV: You’re very lucky to live here. Our first song tonight is a bouncy piano number in the key of Z… (1. After Hours) Zodiac (2010) Here comes Cookey Joe, looking to make it snow. I wish I didn’t know what I know. And that’s why you were hired, hired. Don’t do […]

I Read the News Today…

This may seem grim but a young man hung himself in the park featured in this series of photographs earlier in the summer. His was one of several deaths (hangings and shootings) that happened in Waterloo, Iowa in 2010. There was a shooting right behind the Subway I work as well as one that killed […]

Spam-Topia

Reform a certain name, title this speech in order to define change from far far away… Divide a flower: its ends indicate particular laughter… Get your priorities back! Be a kind of domestic thing! Sit still, peel your skin anyway, front teeth, formally white, now… transfer with a friend to the floor. Link reactions, investigate […]

Considering We’re ‘In Bloom’

It should be obvious what inspired this poem… one of my favorite bands growing up, Nirvana. I love Kurt’s lyrics. He was one of the artists who got me interested in writing poetry at a very young age. * Bruised fruit is sliced deep, knife hitting the seed. Separating our pulpy lives from what we […]

Coming As We Were

Soaked in bleach for a trend, acid burning holes through jeans we flaunted faded tie-dye tees, once more vibrant and distinct. Insides burned like exploding suns, boys’ haircuts on nine year old girls! Curls chopped to our ears. It stings our eyes to hide those now forgotten shades of brown.  Some memories fade faster than […]