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One of my favorite journals. No doubt. This, and two others to appear in the next issue set to drop in a matter of days.



Your heart is a Sloppy Joe. No, too messy. Your heart is a vagabond’s bindle. Scratch that, too convenient. Your heart is… a scarecrow, staked in a Council Bluffs cornfield: beating, battered, bloody. The farmer is fat and forgetful. He never made you a face. Never gave the birds a reason to fear, or the chance for you to feel, stealing your ability to live up to your name. It’s sunset. A crow perches on your aorta; straw swings from the pant leg of your left ventricle. Bonnie Tyler warns of your total eclipse at a roller-skating rink beside a mall, where 12 year-olds hold hands. Messy kiss. Smile.


About Daniel Romo

Author of Apologies in Reverse (FutureCycle Press, 2019), When Kerosene's Involved (Mojave River Press, 2014) and Romancing Gravity (Silver Birch Press, 2013). I'm partial to prose poems. Alliteration. And fragments.

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