After Alexis Hunter’s Creation, 1987

what rough beast sponging in the shadows
brewing in the burgeoning day

what bacteria kissing out
from what tarn of what earth’s tears
tears of perineum from before
time got its stitches
what eyes scumming sums
of parts puckering or
what ears hear that chatter of
falling acid rain which is water
in these new baby mouths so soft
such a furtive nocturnal animal
such a fungal growth
this love, this lava

towards bedlam to be born

The artwork that inspired this piece is currently still under copyright, you can view it online here. The featured artwork in its place was commissioned by bad apple from Mickie Loof for the 2023 Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day.


In a dream, you saw a way to survive, and you were filled with joy.


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