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December 10, 2018 / barton smock

jaw notes

it is okay

(in the afterglow
of a mother’s
hiding place)

to live
as a dull
child (on bits of eggshell

from the angel’s mouth

December 9, 2018 / barton smock

blue mind (amendment)

hungry for kindness, each of us pretends to see the other’s hallucinations. I admire the backstroke of your perfect scarecrow and you the focus of my choking owl. when we see the same thing, be it mouse or frog, we chew to keep our hearing in place. to have you as a brother is to be alone. our father makes robots for our mother to mourn while our sister opens an eye in the blindfold’s mouth. rocks have the softest shadows. before I saw god, I saw god’s ear.

December 9, 2018 / barton smock

{ Ghost Arson, facebook live reading }



did a facebook live reading of Ghost Arson…it’s not pretty to look at but I mean what I whisper.


Ghost Arson is Barton Smock’s first non self-published, full-length collection of poetry (62 pages) and is set for release December 2018 via Kung Fu Treachery Press.

book is 15.00

/ orders can be made via paypal to or by using link:

*be sure to include your address in the notes field
**all copies will be signed

or one can send a check to:

Barton Smock
5155 Hatfield Drive
Columbus, OH 43232


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December 9, 2018 / barton smock

{ isacoustic*, volume fifth, Dec 2018 }


{ isacoustic* } volume fifth is available here:


Amy Soricelli
Kristin Garth
Kat Giordano
Nadia Wolnisty
Rebecca Kokitus
Cathryn Shea
James Diaz
Alicia Cole
Suzanne Edison
Donna Vorreyer
Anna Scotti
Elijah Tomaszewski
Lucy Harlow
Wanda Deglane
Matt Morris
Linzi Garcia
Holly Lyn Walrath
Phoebe Wagner
Jason Ryberg
Natasha Kochicheril Moni
Marisa Crane
Simon Henry Stein
Erik Fuhrer
Rachel Nix
David Bankson
Geraldine Fernandez
Christie Suyanto
Michael Prihoda
T.M. Strong
Arushi Singh
J.J. Steinfeld
Mike Ferguson
Danielle Hanson
Leah Mueller
Kate Garrett
Ashley Bullen-Cutting
Thomas Tyrrell
Glen Armstrong
Coreen Hampson
Alexandre Ferrere
Joseph Murphy
Jessie Lynn McMains
Mela Blust
Cynthia Manick
Renwick Berchild
Stuart Buck
Heidi Turner
Jonathan Witte
Aytan Laleh
Zsa Zsa Mendoza
M; Margo
Victoria Nordlund
Hal Y Zhang
Kristin Fullerton
Regis Louis Coustillac
Isla McKetta
Heath Brougher

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December 5, 2018 / barton smock

separations for unlikeness

a dog-tamer by day, he’d lose at night his stomach’s paw to a sleepy hand. not there to feed anything, I’d set anyway a fishbowl down for a rocking horse. sometimes a woman would shock me with her finger then put on her shoes. then leave or not exist.

December 5, 2018 / barton smock

blue mind (amendment)

between hearing thunder and seeing deer, the dying woman tells a story in a language she’s never spoken. I swear to use smaller words. ill, far. farm. in each of us, perhaps, is the lost faith of god. the bread of our anthill’s home.

December 4, 2018 / barton smock

separations for unlikeness

the relationships you have with my body
and the relationships

(if there’s a god
then why

(a son this ill

an angel
with paperbacks (is this


or a gift shop where none have prayed