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Issue 2: March 2020
Poem: 177 words
By Dennis Hinrichsen

[schema geometrica] [DYSPHAGIA] *

—that I can sleep peacefully while Australia
burns // dreams like brush fire now & then // but nothing 

like a scorched koala or bird dropping dead out of the sky // 

sky so cyberpunk it could be Blade Runner 2049 // the apocalypse 

here // New South Wales // awaiting distribution // while 

in this other here (by which I mean another world not fire) 

I am perfecting male gaze (in secret) // so much sheen & sculpted 

tummy I can feel a bikini fetish being born // —O Facebook 

what is my brand I get so distracted sometimes // am I just 

another cultural terrorist carpet bombing others // my posts 

burning holes in data w/updates & a cyberwar // —O face 

you are such a perfect drone // at a local bar this week 

w/local trauma // so much love & hurt in the beautifully 

(im-) perfect (perfect) voices they spark the room to fleshfire



*Publisher’s Note: Brackets are not mine but the author’s.

Dennis Hinrichsen
Issue 2, March 2020

is the winner of Grid Poetry Prize for 2020 for his collection This Is Where I Live I Have Nowhere Else To Go, which will appear later in fall 2020. His most recent books are [q / lear], a chapbook from Green Linden Press, and Skin Music, winner of the 2014 Michael Waters Poetry Prize from Southern Indiana Review Press. His previous books include Rip-tooth (2010 Tampa Poetry Prize), Kurosawa’s Dog (2008 FIELD Poetry Prize), and Detail from The Garden of Earthly Delights (1999 Akron Poetry Prize). His other awards include the 2015 Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Prize from Map Literary for Electrocution, A Partial History, as well as the 2016 Third Coast Poetry Prize and a 2014 Best of the Net Award. From May 2017 to April 2019, he served as the first Poet Laureate of the Greater Lansing [MI] area.

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