Melissa Broder: Powered & Protrusion


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A lamp powered by blood is called
a miracle and a legend
powered by blood is called a church.
I am not against anything
not even infinity I
just don’t want to be made to watch.
My consort’s head is burning hot
so I take it off. This is not
how compassion works but it works.
What of next? Next the headless man
and I go dancing on a death
til we’re dumb dumb dumb and blonde blonde.
Oh how I love a dumb blonde neck.
No universe tells it to stop
and put an apple in its mouth.


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I hold my legs
like two chicken drumsticks.
I could rip them off.
I am capable
of nothing
but black words
on a white tongue.
God gave me a red tongue
and only god knows
who god is.
Build me a priest
gushing off
in the moonlight
with fishies that go
for a night swim
so I with open mouth
praying over
a dead rose
can gulp
that ocean butter up
and swell
like a baleen whale.


ART: Jenn Brehm, Jason Polan,
Grant Willing

FICTION: Kirby Johnson, Anjali Sachdeva, Chad Simpson, S. E. Smith

NONFICTION: Laura E. Davis, Aaron Gilbreath, Alexandra Kimball, Elena Passarello, Alison Stine

POETRY:Samuel Amadon, Will Arbery, Elizabeth Arnold, Melissa Broder, Kara Candito, John Lee Clark, Graham Foust, Kit Frick, Paul Killebrew, Kyle McCord, Shane McCrae, Geoffrey G. O'Brien, Sandra Simonds, Bruce Smith

ET CETERA: Flannery O'Connor Soundboard, Poetry Bingo