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April 11, 2018 / barton smock



thru April 12th, Lulu is offering 15% off all print books with coupon code of FIFTEEN

poetry collections, mine, self-published, are here:


private publications are available via paypal ( or, as such:

chapbook, [BASILISK], 64 pages $5.00
(Feb 2017)

chapbook, [the accepted field], 84 pages $5.00
(May 2017)

chapbook, [in this life another is you], 64 pages $3.00
(Oct 2017)


some recent poems by self:

[soon musics]


loss is lucky
to hear once
from absence


pregnant / reading fiction / to god


[aster musics]


a god / whose god / has only / just died

that we understand
but cannot
by it
be understood


a deleted infant’s blank thirst


I thought it lost, a meal

our language




a ghosted

thumb / the sole / possession

of the brainless


[gulf musics]

two bodies of loneliness separated by the same beauty


the eardrums of extra mothers


[home musics]

on symbolism
the anxious
to disguise
their fatigue

/ they are not
all here
my bread-shaped


[span musics]

she joked
I remember
that the jelly
on her stomach
was the blood
of loneliness

and there he was
in all his
not yetness
the bent chuckle
of our boy

his brain, even then
the loss, his muscle, godsmoke-

he’s eight, now, and my palms
if I hold him
too long
but clarity
is a weeping
spine, a deep



[foreseeable musics]

a reason to have children is that you’ll cease to remember them

death, a meal that doesn’t end

that is not
a feast


[access musics]

I have a friend whose father called every basement the devil’s treehouse. a friend who’s here today because she hid a knife. whose brother met god too early on the path to god and whose mother would jump from anything to fix a tooth…

there are people who don’t smoke
who want to

when it rains



the dream
of insect, horn

of dust


[wrist musics (vi)]

is a red-haired jesus
whose barber
puts a dollhouse
on my mother’s

is water’s

at the baptism
some agree
that my father
his milk, others

that any creature
on four legs
has one
knows how
to swim



editors: Barton Smock and those he happens to be talking with

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work by recent contributors:

stephanie roberts
person stephanie roberts, two poems

Asante Keron Hamid
person Asante Keron Hamid, three poems

M. Carmen Lane
person M. Carmen Lane, three poems

Lee Nash
person Lee Nash, two poems

Arushi Singh
person Arushi Singh, one poem

Devon Balwit
person Devon Balwit, three poems


reflections on, possible misunderstandings of:

dark acre by Canese Jarboe:
dark acre – poems – Canese Jarboe

patient. by Bettina Judd:
patient. – poems – Bettina Judd

VOID SETS by Michelle Gottschlich:
VOID SETS – poems – Michelle Gottschlich

Inquisition by Kazim Ali:
Inquisition – poems – Kazim Ali

Third-Millennium Heart,by Ursula Andkjær Olsen, translated by Katrine Øgaard Jensen:

Adrenalin by Ghayath Almadhoun, translated by Catherine Cobham:

One Throne by Rae Hoffman Jager:

hooked through by Sara Moore Wagner:

Saudade by Traci Brimhall:

Indictus by Natalie Eilbert:

Two Towns Over by Darren C. Demaree:

Portrait of a Body in Wreckages by Meghan McClure:

marshland moon by Eleanor Gray:

They Were Bears by Sarah Marcus:

Set To Music A Wildfire by Ruth Awad:

Calling A Wolf A Wolf by Kaveh Akbar:

Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly by Darren C Demaree:

Imagine Not Drowning by Kelli Allen:

The Crown Ain’t Worth Much by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib:

Throats Full of Graves by Gillian Prew:

Uttering The Holy by Adam Hughes:

Viszlat by Roberto Carcache Flores:

What To Believe by Jill Chan:


volume first, January 2018, is available here:

volume second, March 2018, is available here:

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  1. barton smock / Apr 13 2018 10:36 am

    Reblogged this on kingsoftrain and commented:

    UPDATED discount: thru April 16th, Lulu is offering 10% off all print books AND free mail shipping (or 50% off ground) with coupon code of BOOKSHIP18

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