Blue-bottle blow flies
& sarcophagic flesh flies
with nylon-headed Bohemian pins,
by the thousands, filled tens of dozens
of professionally made Cornell
entomological specimen drawers.
On display, neatly dispersed,
throughout his country cottage.
Filled with expertly pinned,
Nurtured from blood-fed maggots
collected at crime scenes.
Each encasement a sacred mausoleum:
a genetic gene pool of human DNA,
labeled with taxonomic information; locality;
date; collector nomenclature and
corpus delicti identification.
G. Snethen is the owner and publisher of Darkling Publications. He serves as
vice-president of the South Dakota State Poetry Society. In May 2017, 10 pages
of his poetry was anthologized in Resurrection
of a Sunflower, a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, curated by Catfish McDaris.
Snethen's poetry has been published by Bear
Creek Haiku; Cover of Darkness; Danse
Macabre; Dark Gothic Resurrected;
Haiku Journal; The Horror Zine; Miller's
Pond; Pasque Petals: Thirteen Myna
Birds, and several other
publishers of poetry. Snethen also coaches oral interpretation of literature
and Poetry Out Loud. He has qualified two high school students for the National
Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington DC and has had the SD State Poetry Out
Loud runner-up on two separate occasions. His favorite poet is William Blake,
and his favorite poem is “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor
paintings and collages have
appeared in shows at various venues in Manhattan, including
the Back Fence in Greenwich Village, the Producer’s Club, the Black Door Gallery
on W. 26th St., and one other place she can’t remember, but it was in
a basement, and she was well received.