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June 24, 2019 / barton smock

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I.

Glass Poetry is having a bundle sale on its chapbooks from its first three years.

a portion of all sales through the Glass store, from June 2019 through September 2019, will be donated to @RAICESTEXAS, in support of their mission to help separated families, detained families, unaccompanied minors, and others who are seeking asylum in the United States.

http://www.glass-poetry.com/store.html

know, that Glass Poetry puts out wonderful chapbooks and you should take their word as opposed to mine, but I have had words for some of them:

How to Cook a Ghost, Logan February:
How to Cook a Ghost – poems – Logan February

The Unbnd Verses, Kwame Opoku-Duku:
The Unbnd Verses / poems / Kwame Opoku-Duku

As If, Anna Meister:
As If – poems – Anna Meister

What Is Not Beautiful, Adeeba Shahid Talukder:
What Is Not Beautiful – poems – Adeeba Shahid Talukder

Bad Anatomy, Hannah Cohen:
Bad Anatomy – poems – Hannah Cohen

ghost exhibit, Melissa Atkinson Mercer:
ghost exhibit – poems – Melissa Atkinson Mercer

also, Anthony Frame, editor of Glass, has a wonderful collection, Where Wind Meets Wing, here:

https://siblingrivalrypress.bigcartel.com/product/where-wind-meets-wing-by-anthony-frame

also of which I tried to say:
Where Wind Meets Wing – poems – Anthony Frame

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II.

some recent reflections:

on Eve and All the Wrong Men, by Aviya Kushner:
http://www.drunkmonkeys.us/2017-posts/2018/06/01/100-word-reviews-eve-and-all-the-wrong-men-by-aviya-kushner

on Kill Class, by Nomi Stone:
{ Kill Class – poems – Nomi Stone }

on As One Fire Consumes Another, by John Sibley Williams:
{ As One Fire Consumes Another – poems – John Sibley Williams }

on Emily As Sometimes The Forest Wants The Fire, by Darren C Demaree:
{ Emily As Sometimes the Forest Wants the Fire – poems – Darren C. Demaree }

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III.

have some private (self) publications available below. am going to be doing this, more, rather than visibly self-publishing. I take up a certain amount of space. as such:

animalmasks

Animal Masks On the Floor of the Ocean, 114 pages, 10.00
poems, June 2019
can be purchased via paypal (bartsmock@gmail.com)

MOTHERLINGS

MOTHERLINGS, 52 pages, 4.00
poems, June 2019
can be purchased via paypal (bartsmock@gmail.com)

June 23, 2019 / barton smock

brink ache

we died
in that dream
but continued
to understand.

I thought
sleeping
skin-to-skin
with my children
would cure
your fear
of flossing. every bomb

touches god.

I forgot
to be in pain.

June 21, 2019 / barton smock

yet ache

what is not
there

in that late place
orphaned
by arrival

where a god
names
whose dying
it surprised

(is the last thing
he’ll touch
on purpose

June 21, 2019 / barton smock

drift ache

creation
gives guilt
an afterlife

the neighbors
found dead, we learn

to miss

the dog afraid of everything

(sleep is a movie a mom was in

June 20, 2019 / barton smock

{ animal masks on the floor of the ocean & MOTHERLINGS }

 

slight revision on the following private publications:

 

animalmasks
Animal Masks On the Floor of the Ocean, 114 pages, 10.00
poems, June 2019
can be purchased via paypal (bartsmock@gmail.com)

 

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MOTHERLINGS

MOTHERLINGS, 52 pages, 4.00
poems, June 2019
can be purchased via paypal (bartsmock@gmail.com)

June 19, 2019 / barton smock

softenings

home and work

oh places
to be safely
poor

oh tonight
I am sad
a zoo
for zoo
laughter
I kiss

my son’s
elbow
the elbow
the knee’s
farewell

we listen to the dishwasher
as if sound
will make us
close, as if he is not

alone
in hearing
his flat
blue
rollercoaster

June 18, 2019 / barton smock

lift ache

we itch for baby and guess at what it might be that god is drawing.

baby won’t age

(not past
rowing machine, not past

rocking horse. (if I leave, it’s to worry

on the smallness of its feet