Awaken Bloom Begin by Michael Aaron Casares

 

Petal blossoms sigh
unfurl the opening eye
bloom in daytime sun

 

 

 

“Awaken Bloom Begin” is written by Michael Aaron Casares. All rights reserved. 

 

 

Specters of the Deep

 

Specters in the Deep

 

 

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Three Poems by Marc Olmsted

New work from o.g. beat, Marc Olmsted. Truly dig his style of writing. “Fierce Glow” is a brave poem and strikes me personally, “California Burning,” a visual and integral example of his style, and “Prayer for the Ants I Didn’t Ask Killed,” quirky, yet deft with imagery. Good to read from him again; he never ceases to inspire.

Rusty Truck

CALIFORNIA BURNING

I saw the clouds rainbow’d
from the air & then then saw
the fires & when the plane landed
the beautiful horror of the setting sun
an angry red ball
on the tarmac horizon

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FIERCE GLOW

In the public restroom
I am startled by my newly
bleached-out hair
but I’m still old –
now back in the ER
with suffering wife stretched out
in the harsh light
at the end of time
where nurses march through & little happens –
glare down o hospital light!
– fierce bardo glow –
suffering’s end is just a gap
between thoughts
– bedpans & ultrasound cables, her plastic veins to IV bag
suspended cool translucent
from the space
probe rack

PRAYER FOR THE ANTS I DIDN’T ASK KILLED

the ants were exterminated
the prayer beads broke
I like hamburgers
prayer flags across my roof
how many thousand insect ghosts
blacked…

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