Nettie Farris lives in Floyds Knobs, Indiana. Her chapbook, Communion, is forthcoming from Accents Publishing. Her poetry has recently appeared in Paperbag, Cybersoliel, Illya’s Honey, and Journal of Kentucky Studies
Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Dreaming in Red from Right Hand Pointing and Cryptic Endearments from Knives Forks & Spoons Press. He has four chapbooks forthcoming, Fog Area from Dog on a Chain Press, The Death of Me from Pig Ear Press, Living Is the Spin Cycle from Redbird Chapbooks, and Strange Roads from Puddle of Sky Press.
[Submersions originally appeared in Subliminal Interiors in November 2012]
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Hard, Hard Times
I should get new teeth. Or shoot myself.
A plaster angel plunges its hand
into a tottering pile of smashed, burned-out cars.
The next day only brings more rain
& incompetent singing & 57 acres of aimless regret.
Not a single unborn child objects.
Charred corpses litter the streets.
We must get rid of the idea of poetry
if we’re ever going to create poems.
To an Absent Love
Thinking of you tonight,
I’m filled with dancing horses
& flying Russian peasants.
One must have a bit of chaos
in oneself. Polka dots as well.