I’m thinking outside the bowl.
No more strawberries, cereal and cream
for this word cruncher. They’re not so super
anymore, plus the other day I told
myself a word braved is a word burned,
and a curd in the hand is worth two in the
Suddenly you’re telling me to hush
hush, tweet starlet, that I can’t bowl
tonight? Is it something earned,
like dancing at the last concert by Cream
(or any other power-group, truth be cold),
as long as I can stop by the super-
market before I scream Super! Super!
while I listen to Breaking in the Wind?
I think I’ll drop acid just to take a hold
of myself and get a bowl
haircut without shaving cream:
it’ll look good if the barber turns
my head just right, so it resembles an urn—
better yet, a Warhol can of soup, or
a plate of tacos, nachos and sour cream
Old Man Takes a Pee
nearby, that, for the tenth time today, bowls
me over more than To Whom the Mole
But, one to eat crow and tell,
I admit I have a lesson to learn:
whenever I choose to write, my vowels
slay the lice, pretend they’re superior
to consonants that leak secrets from tushes,
though they can’t digest ice cream.
And I, their hungry owner, can only scream
when I blow my nose and not tell
you that a tart is a baloney hunter.
I might as well drink a smoothie of ferns
for breakfast, lunch, snacks and supper,
slurping it slowly, and from a bowl.
I love cream if it’s dour, if it’s burned.
That tells me it’s no longer bold or super,
but I covet crushed words crunched outside a
David Spicer has published poems in The American Poetry Review,
CircleStreet, Gargoyle, Moria, Oyster River Pages, Ploughshares, Remington
Review, Santa Clara Review, The Sheepshead Review, Steam Ticket, Synaeresis,
Third Wednesday, and elsewhere. Nominated for a Best of the Net three
times and a Pushcart twice, he is author of six chapbooks and four full-length
collections, the latest two being American Maniac (Hekate
Publishing) and Confessional (Cyberwit.net). His
fifth, Mad Sestina King, is forthcoming from FutureCycle
A. F. Knott is a self-taught collage artist
focused on book layout and book
cover design as well networking in conjunction with Hekate Publishing, one of
its missions, bringing together artist and writer. Sometimes seen selling in
New York City's Union Square Park. Work can be found on
exchange of ideas