ditch,

the poetry that matters

Dane Karnick

Dane Karnick grew up by the Colorado “Rockies” and lives in Seattle, Washington. His poetry has recently appeared in Subliminal Interiors, Carcinogenic Poetry, Orion headless and Curbside Quotidian. Visit him at www.danekarnick.com.

 

A Few Degrees Off
   
I stumble into
culinary mayhem
such tongue-in-cheek
a tug-of-war with
market share prices
white-knuckle driving
through the living room
unscripted scenes in
my family reunion
wholly unhinged as
the rest of the world
leans out the window.
 
 
 
 
Press Conference
 
Public demeanor
 
is a gamble since
  
gang violence
 
wrestles inside a
 
minuscule room
 
furnished with
 
glowing radar
 
monitoring
 
phantom targets
 
reincarnated as
 
no audible sense
 
in accordance with
 
empty parking lots
 
where kissing is
 
acceptable
 
no rebuttal please.
  
 
 
 
 
 
Renovated Madness
 
My living quarters is
subject to frisking
 
by sensual murk
invoking pancakes
 
an unjustified taste
at the crossroads of
 
unscheduled shrugs
their own language like
 
bowel dysfunction
in cabaret style
 
which can only mean
your tour is complete.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rehearsal
 
Harnessed by grief
no turning back this
charming chemistry
its history lesson
projecting
cutaway shots
to manikins
unwilling to budge
reminiscent of
taxidermy’s
best expression
something to recall
on weekends like
a crackerjack prize
a cigarette burn
a stuck sleeping bag
one way or another
one distinct moment
turns the trick so
anywhere is night
with ambient hiss
pressing my mouth in
brutal succulence.

 

Bookmark and Share

                                                                                                September 17, 2012