the poetry that matters

Lin Powell

Lin Powell writes from Phoenix, Arizona, and has been published in New Millennium Writings, Highlights for Children, Poetry Quarterly, Blue & Yellow Dog, The Speculative Edge, Palo Verde, and other venues.


Checkpoint Charlie

The tragedies of near-Earth re-pixelization
dribble down hinterlands
of forgiveness with stabbers standing
on their tip-pointed heads whereas
canonization is allowed in

only on Sundays
do they go under virtual avalanches

of leftovers, left over from scrabbling
carnivores and vegetarians nibbling
in the trashcans of masqueraded detritus
with but one gripping impulse
horse-sense must be stopped at the checkpoint

of no return
coupons for ten percent off

to regular customers who pay themselves
short shrift in thrifty marts and steer smart go
karts in the parking lot half the time.
Monday he said I hear the can calling.
I thought he had to pee but it turns out

the schmucking schizoid
always tells the truth.

His can ruled our menagerie of voice-prints
left unedited by clowns with orangey sutures
and it tried to fit into Campbell’s girdles designed
for ghost-faced Lemuridae under Dalí’s pink goalposts,
but failed at genuine camaraderie in the aftermath

of finding gold-leafed
pandemonium in its navel.



Pistols at Midnight

She of the rabbit hole,
     side-pockets a secret entrance,
flees to a double star;
the Via Galactica sticks
     out its tongue.
She takes the cue.

Preyer and preyee tangle
    inside the pristine, hustled joke;
sticks tear the flannel vest
of spacetime, whose lips
     lap out loud at a drowning

The she-heart swims
alongside an eight-ball canoe.


                                                                                                            January 4, 2014