|Issue 7:||March 2021|
The margins of a genome, routing chromosomal ways both meager and mighty, featured and forsaken. A genetic lodging, a blueprinted barn of tendered tendencies, inherent eccentricities, a loge seat with views of all previous act’s actors. Silent fingerprints suddenly birth questions into being. Like a digital hound rooting out hiding places, reports bark findings to humans not always ready to fully hear or interpret. Proteins expose secrets of those who came before— shocking revelations of cellular skeletons in blood’s digital closet. Traces tie fast together into knots you cannot recognize: undeniably you. With equal parts anxious confusion and excitement, you join the sordid mess of sloppy humanity’s sick thicket of broken branches within the forest of family trees. The barking grows louder; you awaken from cold sweat to unforgiving sun shining light on newly admissible details that alibis of years can’t refute. The evidence is damning; someone’s knocking at the door.
is a widely published poet, fiction writer, teacher, and former music journalist, who champions the masked underdog while negotiating life’s socially distant absurdities. He has four poetry collections in print: Small Consolations (Aldrich Press, 2015), Worth the Candle (Five Oaks Press, 2017), Rocky Landscape With Vagrants (Cyberwit.net, 2020), and A Careful Contrition (Shanti Arts Publishing, 2021). He is also the author of two chapbooks: Memory Marries Desire (Finishing Line Press, 2016) and The Covalence of Equanimity (SurVision Books, 2020), the latter of which was a winner of the 2019 James Tate International Poetry Prize.
⚡ Another Bad Year for Florida Man, poem in Issue 1 of MacQ (January 2020) which we nominated for Best of the Net 2020
⚡ Two Poems in Cultural Weekly (16 May 2018): “The Unearthing” and “Luggage”
⚡ A Capitol Idea, micro-fiction in KYSO Flash (Issue 12, Summer 2019)
⚡ The Sum of Three Parts During a Humdinger, micro-fiction in KYSO Flash (Issue 12, Summer 2019)
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