WE'RE BOWLING WITH BUMPERS NOW

I know morale is low.
The ice shifts inside
the ice machine uneasy.
Where we can't get clean
we paint over the dirt.
When the buildings are finished
and the hospital gowns are lifted
the wrong songbirds will take roost:
the killdeer and whippoorwill will talk shit.
But it's just a little hazing
from friends you haven't met yet.
When the odometer rolls over
we'll all clap together and applaud each other
to have seen such a thing just happen.
There's a corset that holds the mountain up.
There's a belt that girds the world.
All exits have been clearly marked
for your convenience and safety.




A BOUNCY CASTLE LIFTED

Everyone's alone on their fone
busy unfriending their friends,
sitting at work pretending to work
shoveling shit to the shit eaters.
At this bad banquet
you gotta bus your own table.
In the crowded movie theater
you gotta touch yourself.
We come in thru the out door.
What's done is undone, like shoestrings, like oysters,
all the French curls and crazy circles
or the patterns of a fancy dancer.
It's a fuck-all wonder.
It's a revolving door you're stuck inside,
wearing a coat that only makes you colder
and pulling it tighter
against the air-conditioned air.




HORSE ADVICE

Don't bet your house on a horse
You can't live in a horse
You can't even eat a horse
Or you wouldn't want to

CASSANDRA GILLIG, CRISPIN BEST, MARSHALL MALLICOAT, DAVE
SHAW,
STEVE ROGGENBUCK, BRAD TROEMEL, HEIKO JULIEN, MIKE
BUSHNELL,
JAMES GANAS, LUCY TIVEN, TIMOTHY WILLIS SANDERS,
ANDREW JAMES WEATHERHEAD,
CHELSEA MARTIN, ANA CARRETE,
GUILLAUME
MORISSETTE, BEN BROOKS, RALPH MOFFETTONE, RACHEL
B. GLASER,
SHAUN GANNON, JACKSON NIEUWLAND, MICHAEL HESSEL-
MIAL,
CHAD REDDEN, CHRIS DANKLAND, ASHLEY OPHEIM, THERON
JACOBS,
LUNA MIGUEL (TRANS. BY JACOB STEINBERG), DYLAN YORK,
ZACHERY WOOD & MEGAN LENT,
SCOTT MCCLANAHAN