“CAPTCHA,” by Gary Grossman

Dec 20th, 2022 | By

You’re an A-hole really,
my optic nerve skewered

far into my cerebellum.
by this chastity belt for

the Web. Postage stamp
pictures, grainier than beach

sand, but missing warmth.

“There Is a Small Window,” by Eric Odynocki

Dec 20th, 2022 | By

of opportunity when I can wash
my clothes in my building’s basement,
unhurried or without delay. Nine-to-fivers,
nodding off from routine, haunt

“Grocery Boy,” by Kim Malinowski

Aug 20th, 2022 | By

The geek I call “grocery boy” at Kroger is named Daniel.
No one nicknamed him or if they did it was Mars or Pluto
or Too-Smart-For-His-Own-Good.

“The Lawnmower Goat,” by Aaron Lee Moore

Aug 20th, 2022 | By

Any farmer will tell you:
Nothing clears land quite like a goat,
Save for a Bobcat—
The 3650 Utility Vehicle—not the mountain lion.

“UFO,” by Chris Bullard

Aug 20th, 2022 | By

The “flying” part I’m happy with,
though the juxtaposition with “object”
negates its suggestion of heroic action.
What really rips me is the “unidentified.”