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by littlefallsmets

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2 days ago

balance beams

balance is what’s required to walk that multifold luminous with one foot in each side of some goddamned false dichotomy without falling to either side or beginning to imagine that that imagi...


7 days ago

these medaling kids

you’re either a steel-drivin’ man or you’re driven to steal baby, this is America, baby that’s how they tell us to feel so either get left a mansion or go push the wheel inheritance is theft ...


March 14, 2019

temperance and distance

everyone looks like someone else in the place where you’re from at least on distant shores everyone’s a stranger from the start that’s where I went to change the world anywhere ...


March 14, 2019

the heisenberg blues

Your relationship with yourself is as fraught as a subatomic particle. You can never know at the same time both where you are and how fast you’re going. By trying to observe yourself too clos...


March 07, 2019

A.I. (After Irony)

the sincerity that can only come from driving straight through irony once letting it burn all away and then coming back to sincerity but wiser returning to honesty full-circle this is what fi...


March 07, 2019

learning to flinch

sometimes it isn’t the punch or the impact of their fist it is in your gut reaction it is your instinctive set of reflexes that it evoked that’s what really matters maybe they’re not trying t...


March 07, 2019

no one thing

when you finally accept that we’re all just mostly water you’ll be able to accept how truly changeable we all are we are none of us just one thing we freeze and we steam we sublimate, it hap...


March 07, 2019

long may you run

may you long outlive your dreams may you be survived by your legacy may a better humanity outlive us all ourselves our dreams our legacies all of it may it all go on long long long beyond us w...


March 07, 2019

turning corners

the grocery store your parents took you to as a little kid no longer exists all the money in the world could not bring you back there even for a second it irrevocably no longer exists here I...


March 05, 2019

lines in the hand

the mystics and statistics the gods and all the odds there may be magic out there but there are a lot more frauds sometimes it’s a profundity or sometimes just profanity sometimes...


February 28, 2019

blame me

I’m sorry for all the times in summer that I said I would prefer the winter I was wrong and this is all my fault blame me totally and I’ll deserve it I did this, I doomed us all to th...


February 21, 2019

the price of progress

not so very long ago when you thought distant strangers could hear your thoughts they locked you away now when not enough distant strangers hear our every single little thought it drives u...


February 21, 2019

peekaboo

when you’re just a little kid you realize object permanence that just because things leave from inside your line of sight it doesn’t mean they are gone probably playing peek-a-boo w...


in real life you would find yourself rooting for the fighter to stay down instead of get up because in real life when you’re beaten that badly and you gets up too soon it doesn’t mean you ar...


February 20, 2019

typos

covered your flaws over and over these layers thick with white-out hoping to hide and be as if anew for someone else again and again now here you are a scratch ticket in full hoping so...


February 20, 2019

bottleneck

ten billion possible pasts filtering into a single now ten billion possible futures lay out before it too here is the chokepoint, the bottleneck that is the single lonely current state ...


February 19, 2019

shakedown 1972

Willie Mays once an all-time great lost trying to play in the outfield at Shea because he didn’t know two years ago was the time to go retire away it happened before I was even born ...


February 14, 2019

try losing instead

the people who returned from trouble as shiny heroes are not the ones to ask about the horrors of world they just lucked out and didn’t see the shit in full the ones who came home wo...


February 08, 2019

remington way

Ilion New York where the streets were paved with blood literally paved by blood money once every third street named Remington the gun factory at its beating heart for so very many years that ...


February 03, 2019

february

the winter up here is like getting a baby chick for Easter the first snow of November is like “OH IT’S SO TINY AND CUTE” but by February it’s this weird ugly thing that pecks at the w...


February 03, 2019

broken

reality, a vinyl record spun so many times it hiccups pops and skips, scratches in the dips betraying the circuitous motion that it plays endless inadvertent repetitions, back to back ...


February 02, 2019

first night stand

the two best ways to first try stand-up are either (a.) in front of strangers you will never see again or (b.) in front of friends who won’t judge you if you’re terrible the first time ...


February 02, 2019

with or without you

if you believe in anything beyond this mayfly short life I’m not saying there isn’t or is don’t believe that you can worship it with pretty words or sacrifice or prayers let alone by having...


January 25, 2019

living in the future

passwords codeswitch dogwhistles whistle backs ten mega-bit encryptions wheaties rings could unload street slang confected on a lark made accidental real by the old loud speakers speaking...


January 24, 2019

yield, juggernaut

when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object both will yield when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object they annihilate each other when an unstoppable force meets ...


Book Description

these are first-drafts of my newer poems.
some of them will be great, some will be awful.
most will be okay.