Carcinogenic Poetry: Top Ten No. 10

Working Man

which means
i’m part of the
walking dead

haunted by
graveyard shifts
and black Mondays

where the nightmare
of labor
becomes the reality
of a life time . . .

Steve Calamars lives in TX. His first collection of short stories, Six Years of Relative Happiness, is available from Calliope Nerve Media and LuLu.

Carcinogenic Poetry: Top Ten crystallizes the journal between 2009 and 2015, sharing the most read posts to date. Presented from final poem to the top of the set, Steven’s poem was published on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, and was the most read post at Carcinogenic Poetry.

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Carcinogenic Poetry: Top Ten No. 9

Slacker

the mushrooms of lethargy
are
dragging me down
to mind-numbing holocausts
of depression
where the lark muddies
its dying wings
where the dead
grow their flowers
where Sid and Nancy
pogo to ska
amid the great guru
pot dealers
of Kingston
I’m unemployed
dreaming of psychedelic frogs
and
samsaras of butterflies
I’m
the pot-bellied
Buddha of the robins
in the sleeping yard
the great all-knowing
know-nothing
who stares
at the sky remembering the 90s
when it was
OK
to be young
smart
lazy
and worthless
when the dj’s played
The Spinanes
every Tuesday
on the radio.

Ross Vassilev was born in Bulgaria and now lives in Ohio. He’s a poet and the editor of the late Opium Poetry 2.0 (http://opiumpoetry.blogspot.com/) and Asphodel Madness (http://asphodelmadness.blogspot.com/) blogzines.

Carcinogenic Poetry: Top Ten crystallizes the journal between 2009 and 2015, sharing the most read posts to date. Presented from final poem to the top of the set, Ross’ poem was published on Thursday, February 3, 2011, and was the second most read post at Carcinogenic Poetry.

Carcinogenic Poetry: Top Ten No. 8

Fixed Positions

Tyrannies demand
strict obedience
from their citizens
and will kill anyone
who tries to defy them.
Anarchists demand
unlimited freedom
from government restraint
and will kill anyone
who tries to control them.
Terrorists demand
numerous restrictions
on nations of consent
and will kill anyone
who tries to resist them.
Democracies display
one standard at home
another abroad
and will kill anyone
who tries to dispute them.

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director and worked as an art dealer when he couldn’t earn a living in the theater. His chapbook ‘Remembrance’ was published by Origami Condom Press and ‘The Conquest of Somalia’ was published by Cervena Barva Press. He currently lives in New York City, where he’s busy writing. His poetry and fiction has appeared in hundreds of literary magazines.

Carcinogenic Poetry: Top Ten crystallizes the journal between 2009 and 2015, sharing the most read posts to date. Presented from final poem to the top of the set, Gary’s poem was published on Monday, May 24, 2010, and was the third most read post at Carcinogenic Poetry.