by Brad Rose
when you think you need it least, something below average happens. At other
times, everything looks so ordinary, you realize it can’t be helped. It’s like
a hidden agenda. All last week, I hardly recognized myself. I have a crowded
mind, but it’s well below the quota.
uniform store, nothing fit me, so I conversed with myself a few times and left
I had a
bad taste in my mouth.
at Melinda’s, Brandi ran around, a quarter-dressed and half-cocked. Nobody
likes her, not even her latest husband. She was waving around Melinda’s Glock. Who
wants some real
acupuncture, she asked?
thing I had my stun gun with me.
how fast does your blood pump? I feel like I’ve been running uphill for at
least a week. Used to think it was because I have too much energy, but Brandi
swears it’s because I never know when to stop.
Brad Rose was born and
raised in Los Angeles, and lives in Boston. He is the author of three
collections of poetry and flash fiction, Pink X-Ray
(Big Table Publishing, 2015), de/tonations, (Nixes Mate Press, 2020), and
Turbulence (Cernvena Barva Press, 2020). Two new books
of prose poems, WordinEdgeWise from Cerven Barva Press
and No. Wait. I Can Explain. from Pelekinesis Press, are forthcoming in
2022. Brad is also the author of seven poetry chapbooks, including the recently
released Collateral and Funny You Should Ask. Brad’s poetry has
appeared in, The Los Angeles Times, The American Journal of Poetry, New York
Quarterly, Cloud Bank, Into the Void, and other publications. (A complete
list of publications is available at: http://bradrosepoetry.com/2019/03/a-list-of-publications/ ) . His story
“Desert Motel,” appears in Best Microfiction, 2019. Brad’s
website is: www.bradrosepoetry.com
Selected readings are available at http://bradrosepoetry.com/audio-readings/
KJ Hannah Greenberg has
been playing with words and images for an awfully long time. Check out her
poetry and art book, One-Handed Pianist (Hekate Publishing, 2021).