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John Doyle: Phillip

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Art by Steve Cartwright 2023

Phillip

 

by John Doyle

 

Phillip’s sage Frankie tunes us in to Kurt the Cunt

funny way to grace Sundays, south Dublin witnessing Copenhagen’s dark descents. Phillip’s upstairs making strange noise

 

accompanied by his wife—your sister sometimes—when she’s not making you crash your car

tuned into passive-aggressive phone calls.

Hoochie—such a placid dog—trots half-moon shapes

 

on middle-class Dublin’s eighth most desired garden

according to your dad, 

carrying a hand grenade in his chest that soon will make redundant your civil wars.

 

Phillip’s still upstairs. 

All I need to know is what those noises are. Intercourse is the last thing a din like that gives birth to.

Feed me with this knowledge. Then I can leave—eternally—

 

go back to wonderful Copenhagen, 

take up where we never left off, 

save the smack-head youth from the clutches of 

Kurt the Cunt. When Pisces defiles Gemini I’ll return

 

on Sheriff Calhoun’s horse, a horse so beautiful the Bible forbids its death, I’ll find out if Phillip’s still upstairs, 

ask your sister what this all meant, 

if it gets that perverse and twisted

 

 

John Doyle likes to write poems about James Garner, Ella Fitzgerald, and Bertie Windsor. Sometimes he writes about other stuff, too.

It's well known that an artist becomes more popular by dying, so our pal Steve Cartwright is typing his bio with one hand while pummeling his head with a frozen mackerel with the other. Stop, Steve! Death by mackerel is no way to go! He (Steve, not the mackerel) has a collection of spooky toons, Suddenly Halloween!, available at Amazon.com.    He's done art for several magazines, newspapers, websites, commercial and governmental clients, books, and scribbling - but mostly drooling - on tavern napkins. He also creates art pro bono for several animal rescue groups. He was awarded the 2004 James Award for his cover art for Champagne Shivers. He recently illustrated the Cimarron Review, Stories for Children, and Still Crazy magazine covers. Take a gander ( or a goose ) at his online gallery: www.angelfire.com/sc2/cartoonsbycartwright . And please hurry with your response - that mackerel's killin' your pal, Steve Cartwright.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2023