Black Petals Issue #95 Spring, 2021

Ballast
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The Definition of Crash-Poems by Paul David Adkins
Ghost: A Working Definition-Poem by Carl E. Reed
Vampiric Threnody-Poem by Carl E. Reed
Leelanau Lake Monster-Poems by Richard Stevenson
Ballast-2 Poems by Angelo Letizia
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Shadow of Sleep-Poem by Teresa Ann Frazee
Microcosmus-3 Poems by Daniel Snethen
The Higher Dimensions-Poem by David C. Kopaska- Merkel

Ballast

Angelo Letizia


Pacing in the aisle

Trying to fill it

The mouth with nails or sawdust maybe

Anything to weight myself down

Securely

Invisible gales wash through the pathways

Sweep me like kites

Or balloons or confetti

Into the blue sky

Oblivions divide like cancer

In the jaw

Black holes that drop to the feet

With the weight of their own gravity

Send me spiraling

I grab hold of metal shelves

Trying to keep myself

On this planet

I am too light and

Can feel my blood

Blown through the sun

Into that terrible star

But suddenly in the store

Jackals behind the pens and notebooks

Demons in the light fixtures

Maggots and lice on the floor hear the call

And crawl into my empty bones for me, for weight

 

Existential Surgeon

Angelo Letizia

Existential surgeon

Scalpel of the stars

Slices the skin

With precision

Inside there is only a carcass

But the dead hand

Grabs the scalpel

And slices infinity

Demons and dust pour out

Of the universe’s wound 

Angelo Letizia is currently a professor of education at a small college in Baltimore Maryland. His true passion however is poetry. He has two books of poetry forthcoming with Silver Bow press The Starry Devil and Other Unwanted Poems (2021) and The Pilgrims of Infinity (2022).  Angelo's poetry has also been published (or is forthcoming) in a number of literary outlets including Tales from the Moonlit Path, Bewildering Stories, The Atlantean, Sirens Call, Red Planet, AHF Magazine, Dissections, Fevers of the Mind, and Bowery Gothic to name a few. Angelo lives with his wife and three children in Northern Maryland. 

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