BOWSPRIT, FROM THE DAWN

*new*

E.A. Hathaway

Poetry is the note which pioneers play

When they are looking for a new sound

TERRORIST

*new*

Patrick Jonathan

heals cuts through dry-cracked bones

   sears vapor in his sheets is poisoned

     every sleep

FOR SHOOTERS EVERYWHERE

477 views | 3.3 rating

Patrick Jonathan

give us a group of terrorists in an open field,

pick the worst of em, blood hungry

and limbs like copper wire

UNTITLED #3

267 views | 4.1 rating

Sean McGrath

when the skies fall loose of the heavens

  and the great wet comes down in deluge

 

a man of the earth

  does not shiver

WALLACE FARM

99 views | 2.4 rating

Caleigh Cross

she told me, eyes bright, she was ready to see what could venture forth

from scorched earth she'd trusted all her life

WE'VE LOST THE TRAIL

905 views | 4.9 rating

E.A. Hathaway

Tell them it happened this time on the

Ishibashi Trail, Palos Verdes

And that they won't need to come for me

anymore

The bend (in me) has gone gray and green

and back again

BURST MAIN

310 views | 3.2 rating

Damon Stanley

"Struggling to repay

your debts?” a sign asks. The falling snow does not wait

for an answer.

OUR TANGLE

291 views | 4.1 rating

E.A. Hathaway

And the ones who were dirty with their words, who swore in their sleep and talked to me in mine whispering cum dripping slut into my ear and mouth and kissed my mother the next morning, I too stifled scared to come clean, or ever.

TO DAY A SIN I SLEPT A LONE

167 views | 3.1 rating

J. Momani

no i no speak no know Evening kiss;

i know

        the propaganda pink, sweet stink,

the soulless steps who saint her every act.

(my god oh) bound me, adamantine clinks

ONE, TWO, THREE, THE RED, THE YELLOW, IT ALL FOR ME.

179 views | 4.2 rating

J. Momani

I never knew your limbs were flesh cause

flesh don't spiral that way.

THE WINDY PENINSULA

74 views | 3.5 rating

Sean McGrath

Here, I awoke to a racoon in the garbage,

   again to children on the swings,

      at last to fireflies, whose blinks

        I mistook for my own

MOM AND DAD COME WEST

99 views | 3.9 rating

Sean McGrath

We could hear them passing over us as they came by soaring

I’d never seen anything like it in

My whole life

THIS DAY IN HISTORY, WANING GIBBOUS OVER LOS ANGELES

117 views | 3.3 rating

E.A. Hathaway

don't you know you can't hang there like this

don't you know what today is

 

what happened last year

   this weekend

      just now

TIRADE ON VIOLENCE

544 views | 4.5 rating

Patrick Jonathan

they’ve

just chainsawed 19 teenagers in

half in a part of the world

we couldn’t pinpoint on a map

and we have no idea how to talk

about it

TWO MEN STAB EACH OTHER ON NORTH AVENUE BEACH

140 views | 3.9 rating

Jessica Kropveld

Night leans on fence posts,

the guarded teeth of North Avenue.

DISNEY'S FIREWORKS

72 views | 3.3 rating

Sean McGrath

We fell asleep to the fireworks 

In the oldest summer of our lives

 

Dogs and cat on the bed and a storm

Burning up the mountainside 

I GUESS WE'RE AT WAR NOW!

248 views | 4.1 rating

Patrick Jonathan

The nukes the missiles

The annihilation at hand

Light up the sky 

Pour gas on the sand

I HOPE I SEE AN OCTOPUS

51 views | 3.1 rating

Jessica Harmon

What are the shores like lately, 

are the leopard sharks back in La Jolla? 

Anyone know? 

THIS NEW CITY IS A LOT LIKE THE OLD

48 views | 3.8 rating

E.A. Hathaway

You slept on many couches that season 

Sweataching knees and back

 

To some old

Old habits 

 

You thought had been kicked

Pick at the scab

 

Let it run 

NEXT TIME, I SAY

55 views | 3.2 rating

Sean McGrath

The three little thems 

Running circles and peeing

Drips inside newly dug holes

Sanding up another makeshift home

DEATH ON THE BEACH

319 views | 3.5 rating

Patrick Jonathan

I couldn’t see their faces, only the red holes

in their spines as the rifle echoed

WEDDING DANCE

368 views | 4.7 rating

Sean McGrath

Passing 

Back and forth

Wine and smoke 

In a moveless summer 

 

"We need to learn how to waltz." 

SLUMS OF FULLERTON

510 views | 4.9 rating

E.A. Hathaway

I’d invite you over but

I have the roaches here already

and they are using all the glassware

these cups are small landmines in the dark

RAIN DELAY

92 views | 3.8 rating

Sean McGrath

Life 

Comes and goes

With the falling rains

 

It has been

  said

So many times

Before

FREE POETRY

403 views | 1.4 rating

Patrick Jonathan

Nothing new, beggars wanting money for their words, words for a career because words is money and writers is sexy  

CONSIDERING SEEDS

56 views | 3.8 rating

Anvar Dean A.

Consider the coconut, stoic of the palms,

who hulks about the shores, tides out to sea to float

for miles and months until it lays up swollen and keen

on a foreign shore, ready for re-birth

THE DEAL WITH THE SEA

192 views | 4.1 rating

E.A. Hathaway

so you go through old notes

promises you made

just 24 hours ago

when the blow

was dripping quick

from your legs like life

onto the sand and

 the rain surprised you

TSA CHASING A CAT AT JFK AIRPORT

368 views | 4.1 rating

Sean McGrath

New York, December 2015

 

Some people look shocked, appalled, 

Others confused; kids point, there is scattered yelling,

"Attenti al gatto," I laugh. 

THE LAST P(A)GE OF YELLOW BUTTERFLIES

495 views | 3.9 rating

E.A. Hathaway

But somehow, 

       You find yourself in crossing again, 

       The lyric Hailing lazily from your lips tenpence,

       After he tells you the vagina is for receiving, only,

       The penis for giving, the mouth for penance and anality, 

       Well, myth

THE DOG DOES BACKFLIPS INTO THE NIGHT

1,230 views | 2.2 rating

Patrick Jonathan

This black thing can’t weigh more than 10 pounds, I think, its hind legs caught in my wrestler’s grip. I squat for full effect; it gets one last scratch of solid ground before I, like a strongman hurling a keg over a wall, launch this yelping mutt up at the moon. 

FINAL SAVASANA

104 views | 3.6 rating

Sean McGrath

some of us decided to spend the last night on earth

   at the yoga studio

 

Shari and Anu ran the session together

   and they didn’t even need to turn on the heat

 

   the world was burning from coast to mountain

SUMMER ON OHIO STREET

61 views | 3.5 rating

Sean McGrath

Chicago, 2016

 

The drone of engines and cricketing spokes;

A boy taps hearts into his phone atop a parking pillar,

A man beggars for the Sun-Times, 

The kids flip in the Michigan for Snapchat, 

And men laugh stories up on Trump tower

URBAN FOSSILS, IMPERVIOUS SURFACES

188 views | 4.0 rating

Sean McGrath

San Bernardino, February 2016

There is a video where men pour epoxy into an ant farm, 

Let it stretch and solidify their neuron freeways, 

Millions of legs and torsoes fossilized in the name of science, 

To unearth the intricacies of their world, 

DRINKING WITH A COLD

37 views | 2.1 rating

Sean McGrath

you wouldn’t know it unless you’re a heavy drinker

but a head cold is a hell of a time to drink

MEN, LISTEN, PLEASE

470 views | 4.8 rating

E.A. Hathaway

San Jacinto Mountains, March 2016

And be sure if you are going to touch me at all

That you dont break my head

Or snap my spine during a massage, 

It's happened before, just to warn you, 

My body is coming apart at the seams,

So much time spent capping markers before they go dry,

PHARM BLUES

55 views | 4.2 rating

Sean McGrath

We watch the sickness tide down the interstate, 

   Through borders, county lines, 

  Watch it hit the college kids, the waiters in Boston, 

    Ski boys in Vermont, farmers in the Berkshires, 

  The thing about contagion: not long before everyone knows somebody with hooks in.

THE WHITE WOLF

311 views | 4.1 rating

Patrick Jonathan

We forgot 2016 in a fucking instant—your flapping trumpism () your videogame terroriste busdriver () your antpile of a billion refugees—we ate with spoons of bone and did back flips off yachts and hung out with millionaire addicts who designed the pink moustache for Lyft and Snapfilter #100 who fed us grapefruit flavored oxygen at 4 am and IV drips for lunch 

15 ITEMS OR LESS

7 views

Anvar Dean A.

Here’s a man, I see him often,

who works the counter at the market,

with shaky hands

SPACE MOVIES AND TODAY’S BIG NEWS

210 views | 2.3 rating

E.A. Hathway

February 22, 2017

So now, you’re telling me, every time I look skyward

I gotta think about three more earths hanging out up there

some trillion lightyears away?

A NIGHT LIKE MOST NIGHTS

47 views | 3.2 rating

Sean McGrath

I sat there on a night like most nights

drinking rebel yell on ice and listening to acoustics

 

putting Bukowski books in my cart

wondering which one would wound me most

 

thinking about what I would do if it was the last night on earth

and it was still quiet out like this 

THIS IS HOW WE GOT ENGAGED

104 views | 4.6 rating

Sean McGrath

We had it made that sunday

On the nook of your porch in sweatshirts, the puppies penned in beside us, a breeze coming through, 

COMINGS AND GOINGS AT SUNSET

11 views

Sean McGrath

Fullerton, March 2017

In the foreground: a girl running into the drive as a man releases a puppy from its leash – they run into each other’s arms, the dog and girl

THE INAUGURATION

2,018 views | 4.8 rating

Patrick Jonathan

January 17, 2017

How did we elect this man?

    Fuck you. That's how. 

THE BAND GETS A RIDE FROM MOLLY THROUGH A WAR ZONE

186 views | 3.8 rating

Sean McGrath

You guys remember the girl that drove us from Chameleon to the Bay? 

Joey had had it in the trunk, 

And Sean was in the station filling a cooler with emergen-c and water,

Our pupils stretched out the windows

WOLVES IN THE CITY

318 views | 4.9 rating

Sean McGrath

New York, January 2017

They gnaw her flesh clean

Gaze up secondarily, red teeth bared

THE JEWELER

560 views | 4.8 rating

Anvar Dean Ly

 Little Saigon, November 2015

 

       First there is a bridge, bent and boarded, 

   Bound with nails above the

          empire swell

 Vi dau, she imagines, mother singing, 

          These lullabies never disappear; 

LOCKER TALK

1,008 views | 1.9 rating

Patrick Jonathan

We rip soft ones from the bone, initiate, brutalize, inculcate, a staging area of mirrors and raw assholes—you know how monkeys fling shit?

THE YEAR OF THE ROOSTER, DRAGON DANCE IN LITTLE SAIGON

14 views

Anvar Dean Ly

January 29, 2017

Bolsa is littered today with red paper and gun powder

boys turning to legend outside the jewelry store

becoming little men      inside the dragon

SQUIRRELS

410 views | 4.6 rating

E.A. Hathaway

Some days I just wanna be a squirrel

SNOWPIERCED

16 views

Sean McGrath

We follow the makeshift path, just carved by the reckless like us, 

Catching heart with each slip and brake, knowing that one tip of the sword's edge and we tumble into the elements, the vacuum burst out on the roadside. 

TURKEY, DOG, TURTLE TURTLE TURTLE

102 views | 3.3 rating

E.A. Hathaway

In this week's viral video,

Thirty turkeys circling a cat corpse

Clucking in cycles as if to raise the dead

ARRIVAL

89 views | 3.6 rating

Sean McGrath

Orange County, March 2017

 

When I first got here

   I thought I had missed the ocean and landed in the desert

40 DAYS OF WINTER

29 views | 3.9 rating

Sean McGrath

The Southland, February 2017

 

When the drought breaks

  we speak of the flood

  again

  when the earth was

  reset

ROLLING HILLS PARK

218 views | 4.4 rating

E.A. Hathaway

Fullerton, August 2016

I come here on a midnight blackout

  to watch

    two kids playing catch

    with a fishes head

WINTER SCRAMBLE

388 views | 4.2 rating

Patrick Jonathan

College Hill

 

I remember going home with her that night

In those purple tights

Dressed for an 80s party

There were sequins

And drugs and berets in all the girls' hair

CLIMATE CHANGE DENIERS, NIHILISTS, et al

182 views | 3.3 rating

Patrick Jonathan

So the country has become a circus,

A tiredly unfolding soap,

A two-star action flick

SEPTEMBER SCRAMBLE

908 views | 4.8 rating

E.A. Hathway

New York, September 11, 2016

  Every other plane is setting to ground.

  • She maneuvers through.

  • There will be none in the hushed sky

  • After this.

  • A jetless September.