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the name of the next poem is perverse universe

we made a pact to lick
each other’s wounds
it’s difficult to feign indifference
more so to beat an invisible tambourine
yes, grander objects of affection
dearest thespian
are just as counterfeit, yet here I
am, slapping the twenty-dollar bill upon
the scarred wooden counter…

Source: Steven Weeks on Unsplash

spell it like this
enunciate each syllable

not a bang
not a clash
not a whimper
nor a crash

a universe
solely consisting
of burnt Folgers with too much cream
and lukewarm PG tips

where pastors and clergymen
through convincing, shit-eating grins
shred and eviscerate
every manifesto in the…

Source: Aliagha Shirinov on Unsplash


The unwanted children
cavort and gyrate
amongst the privileged
Minneapolis folk

I want everything to be normal again
I want everything to be normal again

Tight-lipped, Minnesota-passive (I mean NICE)
emotionally-stunted Minneapolis folk
summon the Blue-Badge Death Squad
to usher the Dionysian
to an imaginary orphanage

I want…

Source: Adrian Swancar from Unsplash

they were once regal
here, the pristine couple
rooted in a manicured front lawn
you were once
the ideal aspiration, lofty daydreams
musings of enclosed, Easter family picnics

yet poised, erect, expectant
dreading to be erased
cringing in advance
sticking sliced thumbs into mouths
where no one offers bandages
where no one admits defeat…

Photo Credit: Nick Fewings on Unsplash

a sluggish mass, bundles of sore muscles
how cruelly we featured creatures
are stricken with the triviality of pining
chapped hands nursing feverish faces
caked in last night’s grime and sweat

wipe off those crumbs
order another bowl of tonkotsu
they wouldn’t want you anyway

your lips
dry as sandpaper
lacking his…

Arthur Ramirez

Aspiring novelist and amateur poet and op-ed writer on gay/queer/GSM topics. CA —> MN —> ? Stick around if I haven’t bored you yet.

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