Poetry from Joshua Martin

looping

sun swallow tailpipe         imagine
                                     if
                   you will             (dis)engage
     enough                                          the
                         wheel had            inspired
then blanched

                               waves thrust     (had to)
         (could                     not                        once
have)                          you                   still
                   if                      hollow
                        then
(mis)applied                             spot     checking

            wings to beating lids
            overwhelm               sun
swallow




numb & flickering combos

friction
        fumes

ghosts casting plumage
trouble catching spores

of magazine dramedy
merging ratio cynic
worm hello empty

verbal plights fringe

         an inherited zebra

transformational
anytime

think

            free
            feet

plain zapping wrapper
doubled
             etc.

smoke
& smell
         & confab
    & twigs

son
thought
sorrow
slob
leveled
digging
doubt

that larval tongue
             disposed
                      sharpened
        in
          come
heavier sword

yorn pencil
adverbs
            twitch 

damp
   pitch
      pretense

making coral slump
thin invested dowel 
swear an elbow swoon

rubble
       rabble

fading pretense align
dewy rolled naps
left cigarette soaked

                          hurry
                  fit             a
bowl.



archive mint

gone long
femur flush
fresh park
trenched symptom
          overwhelmed
     chief      |      portal      |
joke store evangelical
             conversation
             piece,
     stiff upper
bridge,
          insulin
    gap [tape
                me
aghast          spun
]. beam
   tower [change
of l,i,f,e
        function
    , crumbs ,
lust , calendar
.           finish bu
z           z          e          s
  a           w        ,
link meta
    Jaw [sold
enough recent
    verbiage in
toward t
       o     o     k
]. bolt blister
s      a       haste
.


Busted Structures

Repossessive nomenclatures 
             ; The Machine
               That Kills
               Bad Breath
; (restless on the verge of
   sickening zero gravity /
         windswept gym
         floating like
         a NaKeD
         trash isLAND).

Frontier
           plastic
       umbilical skin
; TaG      ,     You
                  ’     Re
          It.    Ooooooh
,   had
       met amphibious
un,
   plumed (tidal
                 germinating
          asphyxiation
cross
roads).

Taught crossing
          angelic STRUM
   , BoMb   ,  tonnage
s
ew
  er housing complex
romance.


Joshua Martin is a Philadelphia based writer and filmmaker, who currently works in a library. He is the author of the books automatic message (Free Lines Press), combustible panoramic twists (Trainwreck Press), Pointillistic Venetian Blinds (Alien Buddha Press) and Vagabond fragments of a hole (Schism Neuronics). He has had numerous pieces published in various journals including Otoliths, Synchronized Chaos, M58, Don’t Submit!, BlazeVOX, RASPUTIN, Ink Pantry, Nauseated Drive, and experiential-experimental-literature. You can find links to his published work at joshuamartinwriting.blogspot.com

1 thought on “Poetry from Joshua Martin

  1. I see this as a sort of grill made of words. My eye keeps trying to see what’s behind it. Is this ever the intention whith something like this with the words providing clues to what’s behind the whole thing?

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