Commuting to Work

Ryan Bender-Murphy

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Three skulls that turned over their hats to the police
smash into each other and create a new brain.
I tear through it like the blade that whirls
at the bottom of a sink.
I watch the juices and strands fly
into the corners of a hotel lobby
where I am naked and full of deer.
Since no homes can keep me
from exploring ice ages, or the outer reaches
of a man on fire, crowds hear a stampede of dressers;
now they know
that I have cooked my wand, I have the chicken leg
that will force memories into leaves.
Everybody gets out of my way
because I am bashing in clouds
until I see the rain that floods, until every animal
takes revenge on the ocean floor.
I put my hands on someone’s lips and watch
as thunderstorms investigate;
that makes me lift this thermos
and chug dynasties.
Wasps sting me seventeen times
and I hurl the news boy into a ghost.
I keep driving thinking that something will counteract
my attacks on street sweepers.
A beeper slams into my head
immediately looking for a way out, for anything
to get back to the mile-wide blister
two cities south.


ART: Zachary Tate Porter, Jeannie Vanasco

FICTION: Katya Apekina, John Henry Fleming, Lacy Arnett, Claire Harlan Orsi, Chantel Tattoli

NONFICTION: Emily Carr, Nancy Singleton Hachisu, Johanna Stoberock, Steve Wasserman

POETRY: Janelle Adsit, Ryan Bender-Murphy, Monica Berlin & Beth Marzoni, Dan Chelotti, Lisa Ciccarello, Christopher DeWeese, Elisa Gabbert & Kathleen Rooney, Tyler Gobble, Fanny Howe, Lo Kwa Mei-en, Nick Lantz, Matthew Lippman, Aditi Machado, Alice Miller, Marc Paltrineri, Christopher Rey Pérez, Allan Peterson, Jessica Poli, Lynne Potts, Dan Rosenberg, M. C. Rush, Ed Skoog, Cindy St. John, Russel Swensen, Emily Toder, Laurie Saurborn Young

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