Life under your eye
is bleary. Business
have no business
touching me,

In your view. All touching
gestures are suspect.
I’m not to trade
a laugh, or love
anybody else.

Winding through a city
afternoon, experience wears
a weary glaze. I must
wonder if it’s being
watched. Now, after

All you’ve drained, here
is something real: it’s not
my image hanging
in the lining
of your mind; it is a void.

Copyright © by Kevan Copeland

Bump, Set, Spike

Bump, Set, Spike

Someone volleyed the moon
above a distant net. Intuitively
knees bent, ready, as learned
in gymnasium days.

Rising hands aim at delay
of conscious rays, adding
few minutes to golden
hours. Pause, rewind. Replay

Slow motion approaching of toes
whisking sands to volcanic flash.
Athletic memory melts
horizons behind the eye.

Somebody serves the moon
illumination. I leave
fingertips of playful trees grazing
games that should have been.

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Amoral Ice

Amoral Ice

Avalanche! From the inverted
cup to a querying

face. The vertex
observes an unbroken

focus, ignoring abuse
from querulous cubes. Fingers

twist a cold telescope
probing Arctic altitudes—

streaming a floe
past enamel, now Andromeda

dropping—the esophageal
pull. The infusion of cool

moves the skeleton
to eject a wintry “Ah!”:

opening intergalactic
gush. Here, imbibing

among the stirring
of planets, the atmosphere is fresh.

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Seagull Attack

Seagull Attack

Suddenly, something went
for the head, and I
turned German
Expressionist, elongated
and aged in a vicious splatter
of American Abstract.

Through swoops, batter
and blur, I saw claws
scratch and extract
thick pigments, interrupting
watercolour assumptions
in my innocuous walk.

I think, observing
in furious whites
and occasional yellow
frenzies of angle and edge,
was a visionary eye
crafting something undone.

Now the physician is finishing
the image with pointillist
tracks, splashing tetanus
vaccine through avenues and cracks;
and as representation, when I am seen
I am more accurate than I have been.

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Spring Explosive

Spring Explosive
*after Dalí, and Eiseley

For a frost, offspring 
of a sunrise is corrosive, 
while turmoil of a kernel beautifies 
to violence. A chrysalis 

Liquefies cracks to knives,
striking psychedelic petals. Burning
dyes intertwine a pulsing
green that drives the season

To kinesis. Inside a pod, 
an upthrust grasps what thrives, 
spuming: fruit and flower 
subsume an epoch. Storming

Chlorophyll balms the crust
of unclothed globe. Colossal 
palms warm to holding 
life, divining: into form.

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An Artisan

An Artisan

The persona is a bruise,
not a self. It builds
being via craftsmanship.

Structure covers lack
of formation—scaffolding
camouflages decoration.

The body ages, contains
something young—
in him performs

The play
of discipline and inspiration.
Calloused, grasping

Is now granting
shape: into fabrication.
Construction is cacophonous:

Beams pirouette
before steeling; a father
once latent, now testing.

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Nuclear Dive

Nuclear Dive

Reactor, your rods 
flicker and slither—hair
beguiling me, swimming 
in spent fuel. Refusing
perimeters, I want an excitement

Dosimeters read. Your criticality
initiates frisson; I risk 
beta burns, dodging
your doses 
strewn throughout cooling

hues—though I’m losing 
acuity. Why am I 
diving, reaching? Am I
an Ama, searching

For Japanese pearls? Am I
a Fukushima girl
caught in a seiche?
No, I’m whorled into your
geisha chicanery,

Pool of blue fabrics winding
to you. What is the core?
A murderous thrust, a phosphor
essence I’d forgotten I knew
in me, before you.

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Cataract At The Lip

Cataract At The Lip

Of the glass, vision sipped
from the gush of amygdala—open
your brim to the lush
of Monet. Pour from the frame:

Chardonnay in a quiver,
disperse and flow—livid
strobes of Van Gogh.
Then, harden and flay

Off clots to metallic
coruscations—figments of Klimt.
Now: stiffen to spirits
dispirited, and disparate—pause

In thoughtful paralysis: Hopper.
No stopper for an Imagist
cascading the palate: paint
an intoxicant; the body, a blotter.

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Vacation In The Inner State

Vacation In The Inner State

There was a singe of summer
barbecue as something warmed
her, sipping. There was no curfew 
on desire, in her wineglass,
or outdoors.

She scanned the span of backyard
grass, the unshaved blades:
her ocean, shattered 
tiles: her shore.

Her body waves to bathing
suits never bought, only savoured
on a screen: now her mind.
No money meant a richness
grew, in spite, as did appetite

For one she writes. He likes
men. She craves
him, still. For in exchange, words
are close. Her husband’s 

Touch is otiose, while her beloved
prose projects 
a tenderness that sculpts
deserted sands
to ecstatic glass within her.

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*Patti McGee

Surely the sky is for swimming.
Kissing the curve, the perimeter: 
a pool built for my skimming.

Palms swivel in the breeze,
fluid: an inverted aquarium freeing
soles swirling, upturned.

Blonde was conceived to unfold
strands of sunbeam, concentric
streaming from my acrobatics.

The whirlwind is watery; 
somatic craft pauses
within photography: skating releasing

Wheels and blades—transfiguring
imitation to pure ideation:
culmination into liquid motion.

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