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Art by Cindy Rosmus 2020

THE LIFE THAT LIVES ON MAN

 

by John Short

 

I’ve written a lot of poetry

lately. I’m wondering 

if it’s any good,

there at the foot of the bed

soaked in ginger wine.

 

The sheets smell pungent

and an hour on the garden wall

didn’t help because they haven’t

changed their evil ways

and not the kind you could

invite a girlfriend into.

 

I can’t remember

where I’ve been for a month

or if the rent got paid

or why there’s a glass army trying

hard to stare me out.

 

They say the life that lives on man

is microscopic, katascopic.

Just watching and waiting and

building the warm stink of decay.

 

How far to let it walk depends

on us—right now it is

the jungle at the uncertain edges

of my civilization.

 

 

 

 

John Short lives, writes, and drinks in Liverpool (UK). A member of Liver Bards and other local groups, he’s been published in places like Yellow Mama Webzine, Hobo Camp Review, Barcelona Ink, Kissing Dynamite, Rat’s Ass Review, and Poetry Salzburg. His pamphlet Unknown Territory (28 poems about Greece) appeared in June from Black Light Engine Room press. He blogs sporadically at Tsarkoverse.

Cindy Rosmus is a Jersey girl who looks like a Mob Wife & talks like Anybody’s from West Side Story. She works out 5-6 days a week, so needs no excuse to drink or do whatever the hell she wants She’s been published in the usual places, such as Shotgun Honey, Hardboiled, A Twist of Noir, Megazine, Beat to a Pulp, Out of the Gutter, Mysterical-E, and Twisted Sister. She is the editor/art director of the ezine, Yellow Mama. She’s a Gemini, a Christian, and an animal rights activist. She has recently been branching out into photo illustration, under the guidance and mentoring of Ann Marie Rhiel.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2020