SPOTLIGHT: laminated tongue in aspic by Joshua Martin

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BNH11NP3

Bragging in front of an elephant

TREAT that taught
the STINK to fish
bought a UNIcycle
mustache from a
HOBO hula hoop
instructor trained
in the art of go
for the jugular

wire TAPPED
whaling ships only
harm THEMselves
while sharpened
knives never hurt
a SOULFUL war
machine but did
medicate PANDA
cubs w/ earthWorM
spaghetti SAUCE

seals POKE the roof
of MOUTH til POP
eye steps to the
refrigerator DOOR
& kneels in a VaT
of vibraphones

south POLE north
SIDE swiped
perpendicular
askance CAR
joking oh so
systematized &
OH so ready
made




A Banned Discrepancy Fluttering
Beneath Overzealous Tissue Paper

The art of self-congratulatory sleeping among streets of variations & timid arms pushed to the cyanide edge where Cyrano de Bergerac croons & Mamie Van Doren skins donkeys eating yogurt filled eczema / then a folding chair / then a nun / then a percussive diaphragm littered with tomato juice concentrate / leeks / squeaks / speaking of the decline of western culture look no further than the outhouse post office shrunken down to the size of an ice cold tricycle speeding up & slowing down without willful ignorance to blame for the guilt ridden crash test dummies filling the freezers of tomorrow with the agonies of today / stop / on a dime / too bashful to rhyme / too obsessed to mind / if there was life on Mars the bathtub wouldn’t be any different / so what / so there they went on dune buggies looking to collapse a shark’s lung & extrapolate on the meaning of rice pudding / long ago / long enough / easy in the breezy nightclub dancing while it burns / burn! burn! burn! / now how do you know how to then a then b then ending up a z / kaboom / zoom / zoom / zoom / wilderness merging with canine teeth yellowed / strained / the pain / shame / of it all / as they face folding in on themselves / following the path of least existence / sprained sphincter / ease / flip flops of despair / a kiss to build a bridge & a tongue to destroy it.




transportation smirk

closest mop handle to decree
fahrenheit shields impale
fruit bats zany & soothing
dulce de leche made beads
a stamp drifts solemnly
towers of dune like depths
dealing card table shipments
engaged w/ an egg a horse
meat greeting pint of StraW
throat cleared infinity spasm




jokers follow acres of levitation

Milk spills on Velvet panCAKE
laughter evaporates crash TEST dummy

where the lovers quarrel spitfire
GODZILLA in a state of slumber
on CHAISE arm weights LIFTED

some AZURE tax collector exhaled
enough kiwi to TITANIC an orange
dumbbell rotary club Phonetic

Mother Sizzles w/o SkilleD labor
pothole TURNcoat big JokE

a jar of jam jokes
while a leaping frog gesticulates
in instrumental GLAZE



Carving Monuments Out of Soap Bubbles

England froze in stepladder promenading ducks. As a sore throat turned on its owner, a rising stool pondered grape leaves until a heart shook all the teeth loose. Into piano keys lips sunk the racoon spleen that blessed the seashell indications & crevices flowing chunky tho variable. Spring yarned rotten breath. While an Adam’s apple split. Then, in a sordid flash of beach bum desire, Velma held frost to her temple in an attempted coup. Marty was sorry to have ever dropped a question into a pile of guts tho Velma hadn’t taken it personally. Peace b/t the Hatfields & the McCoys stuttered coughing fits. Chugging along morosely. Marty could not spell words backwards or forwards. Until sunrise, Velma would wander the ocean floor looking for friendship bracelets & a better or at least less obvious song to sing. In the shade of a skyscraper, there appeared hobos dusty & covered in cobweb wings. Velma took a pill. Marty ate an otter. Together, they separated while eating shelled pistachios & shaking their fists at passing car frenzies. Not unlike a Hitchcock film, they felt not only wrongly accused but hunted. Now, that’s what they call date night!



Joshua Martin is a Philadelphia based writer and filmmaker, who currently works in a library. He is member of C22, an experimental writing collective. He is the author of the books automatic message (Free Lines Press, 2022), combustible panoramic twists (Trainwreck Press, 2021), Pointillistic Venetian Blinds (Alien Buddha Press, 2021) and Vagabond fragments of a hole (Schism Neuronics, 2020). He has had numerous pieces published in various journals including Otoliths, M58, Don’t Submit!, BlazeVOX, RASPUTIN, Ink Pantry, Nauseated Drive, and experiential-experimental-literature. You can find links to his published work at joshuamartinwriting.blogspot.com

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