SIX POEMS by BRIAN ALVARADO

I. PLATEAU TABLEAU


stranger, grain stir

hay, ground, greyhound,

mountain town man

collar locked locker, cocked,

bloody mary, moody blaring

killer liquor

prison sips


admire, mad, ire


plea ride, replied

me? Jail. Gmail.

football, boot fall

keyboard, b chord

golden state, stolen gate

cell phone, fell zone


the arctic, cathartic

ceiling fan- feelings can

weight train, traits wane


petrol tripel

bathroom, wrath, boom

fireballs, buyer falls

eyelashes lie, ashes


norming mournings.


tai chi, chai tea

circus, curses

see right, recite:

‘Couponing for

dead birds:


perched, chirped.


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II. WRITING'S TIRING


notebooks, boat nooks

lieder dealer

Kanye? Yawn. K.

‘Judas?’ do Jazz.

boat shoes, show boots

runway- one ray

lead height headlight

dashboard, bash, door’d


look, Bryn: Brooklyn.

watertower


greedy degree

postgrad ghost pad

pop tarts, top parts

longboard bong lord

first base burst face

beckoned safe second base

dake-brown, breakdown,

tissues, shit stew


quagmires, mag choirs

harmonied, marred honey


moleskines, skoal mins.

bookmarks, mook barks

droll, dumb, doldrums,

plastic slapsticks,

got shunned, shotgunned

sham, rock, ram, shock

palm coast compost

trashbag, bash trag

 

I. CUPID PEW KID 4 FOGGIEST GOTH GF


mall-punk: Paul, monk

dropout, pop drought,

dine bait, blind date

skillet, licks it


wok clerk, clockwork

chopsticks stop chicks

hardcore card whore,

kanji junkie,


sip, ‘lurve,’ lip served

headbutt, bed hut

redbeard, bed reared

underwears wander ere


round one, ground run

skateboard bait scored

dead hands, head and

toes get ghosted


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II. *BUMBLE BUMBLE*


Vinny, man, minivan

stammer master

toenails, no tails

stubble bustle

beer nigh, nearby

lisping, spilling


princess sin, press

no fees, phonies

teaching cheating

flowers, wow, fleurs

hors d'oeuvres, door herbs

grey France fragrance


daily lady

key spur speaker

encore, con ore

birthmarks, mirth barks

spit-shine shit spine

wrestling, less wring


lucha chula

broke a cobra

tensor center

drainpipe, pained ripe

stern tiles, turnstiles

strongest, gone, stressed

 

I. BAROQUE SILENCE LICENSE: REVOKED


winter’s tin whirs

pearl wool, whirlpool

sentences, ten senses

cutting, tucking

thumbs, sing somethings


coleslaw, slow caws

crazed, sacred

birdy derby

ginseng singing

oak trees, trochees


windows, din woes

find bold blindfolds,

minds will windmill

whole mills, molehills,

rotten torrent


locusts coalesce

to sing soothing

lovely volleys,

trilling, littering

chorus ruckus


study, dusty

muddy dummy,

grin and ingrain,

hydrate, dry hates

hand soaps and hope


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II. THRIFT STORES, STIFF DRAWERS


waterfall fought a wall,

storage, roar stage

doorsteps store depths,

spirit respite


bye firs, fibers

handbags, banned hags

woe sings sewings

opaques, Poe aches


‘flutter by, butterfly’

lesser sellers

thaw horned Hawthorne

Newtons to none

 

Brian (@wrdsrch) writes and sings. Recent work is featured and/or forthcoming in Thimble, FERAL, Sledgehammer, and Versification, among others. He holds a BA in Creative Writing from Susquehanna University. https://brianalvarado.com/writing.