Black Petals Issue #76 Summer, 2016

Mars-News, Views and Commentary
Anniversary-Fiction by A. M. Stickel
Flirting with the Alley-Fiction by Roy Dorman
Gone Astray-Fiction by Denis Bushlatov
Surviving Montezuma-Serialized Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
The Road-Fiction by Walter Kwiatkowski
The Watchers-Fiction by Mike Mulvihill
Honey Island Swamp Monster-Poem by Richard Stevenson
Skin Walker-Poem by Richard Stevenson
Ucu-Poem by Richard Stevenson


Richard Stevenson


Ucu, Ucamar, Ucamar-zupai—

zuncho and skookum booger.

You betcha I’m hairy. Cuckoo too.


Have a banana; see ya maņana.

I got better things to do than cool

my thews and hang with you.


The Argentina/Bolivia border

is my scene. Up in the mountains

away from you hairless human goons,


Trick out yer own man cave

with sixty-inch flat screen TV.

Leave me to enjoy the scenery.


Take all the plaster footprint casts

ya want. Scoop my poop into a group.

Just leave. Hasta la vista, baby.


I’m cuckoo crazy over ya, honey.

Prefer real salad to soiled money.

You stink of the stuff! You do!


Take yer Gortex, fancy fanny pack,

new improved hikin’ shoes, and vamoose!

Scoot down the scree. Get yerself free.


Here’s my anal asterisk, honey.

Try trappin’ a cryptid fart

in plastic for posterity!


Break it into molecules, fool.

I hope my poop, nice and gooey,

taxes yer tired taxonomy.


Richard Stevenson,, wrote BP #76’s poems, “Honey Island Swamp Monster,” “Skin Walker,” and “Ucu.” From a series called Cryptid Shindig, the poems from this collection concern cryptid encounters, ET lore, or unexplained phenomena; others have appeared in three published volumes in the series: Why Were All the Werewolves Men? (Thistledown Press, 1994), Nothing Definite Yeti (Ekstasis Editions, 1999), Take Me to Your Leader! (Bayeux Arts Inc., 2003), and in a New & Selected volume called Bigfoot Boogie. Just retired from a thirty-year gig teaching English and Creative Writing at Lethbridge College, the poet has published thirty books in that time, counting a forthcoming volume. His most-recently published books are haikai poetry collections: Fruit Wedge Moon (Hidden Brook Press, 2015) and The Heiligen Effect (Ekstasis Editions, 2015).

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