A stockpile of autographed books
and half-finished ideas.

I write because the stacks of
pages on my shelves taunt me.

Drawing inspiration from stovetops
and broken flower pots will only get you
so far in this piss-poor “art.”

You’ve got to cut them deep; oh yes.
Raise the dead from their graves,
their bedraggled souls begging mercy
at the base of the stone tower you’ve
erected in their honor.

Leave papercuts on thumbs;
a lasting reminder of when they tried
to put the book down and escape
your cruelty.

Then when they think you’ve gone too far,
superglue the terracotta pot back together
and watch the lilies grow anew.

Their cuts will heal and you will continue
to stare blankly at stove pilots.

by Mariel Fechik, “Every poet has to write about poetry at some point”


by Joshua Ip

the kiss was an accident, you would protest
in the sense that an accident is two cars driven
under the influence of drink into the best
of things - one leading to another, given
time, all accidents are a matter of time,
two speeding past the limit caught in impact,
conversation cuts to contact, arriving sim-
ultaneously together, friction to fact
to fracturing lips, loss of atmosphere,
gasping for air, choose fright or flight:
it was all a mistake, no statement, officer,
comets collide and all is heat and light.

(From Making Love With Scrabble Tiles)

(Source: peelsofpoetry, via briannahopealbers)

Jesus was a radical, non-violent revolutionary who hung around with lepers, hookers and crooks; wasn’t American and never spoke English; was anti-wealth, anti-death penalty, anti-public prayer (M 6:5), but was never anti-gay; never mentioned abortion or birth control; never called the poor ‘lazy’; never justified torture; never fought for tax cuts for the wealthiest Nazarenes; never asked a leper for a co-pay; and was a long-haired, brown-skinned, homeless, community-organizing, anti-slut-shaming, Middle Eastern Jew.
by JOHN FUGELSANG (via androphilia)

(Source: inothernews, via briannahopealbers)

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the starry sky on the himalayas

Makeup at Oscar de la Renta F/W 2008


Vasantha Yogananthan
La Traversée, 2012.