Poem – “Hanging From the Juniper Tree”

Hanging From the Juniper Tree

A noose for a basket full of aspirations,
Wicked dreams that sliver through the hooves
Of horses decomposing in the plains of night

A weeping tragedy, ten headless kings
Hanging from the juniper tree
On the path of the prisoners’ walk

The crying red moon is bleeding tender
Over the forbidden waters of the dead
And not one drop penetrates a severed soul

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Poem – “Thirteen”

Thirteen

Pleading with time to halt,
The hours only spin by faster –
Yarn unraveled in a crumbling house
Thirteen rooms, a palm full of dreams
Scattered on the bloodstained carpet
Minutes that can’t have passed the spectrum,
A paranoia that leads to superstition –
Salt in the eye of a monstrous black cat,
And cremains on the roses of a witch’s crown

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Poem – “A Time for Rainfall”

A Time for Rainfall

A time for rainfall dawns when poison flowers bloom
In the cracks of the windowsill in an enclosed cell
Glaring with ferocity at the indefinite darkness

Do you see the vision concealed in the seed? I do, too.

A satisfaction of the heart teases the spires of reason
And soon we will forget the fruitful days we bury alive
Do you see the mist as it parts to reveal a barren dream?

Where am I? Well, I am in that darkness, too.

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“Biotica” Featured in Radium Piano Band

My poem, “Biotica”, was recently featured in Radium Piano Band, along with some extraordinary poems by other indie poets. This poem is the sausage ground up from several different incarnations, was supposed to be in multiple books that it never appeared in, and went by several different titles, including the rather peculiar titles “Biotic Black Hole” and “Dreams of Human Sacrifice”, before landing on simply “Biotica”. The final result is… kind of an insane poem, not going to lie.
“Biotica” will be featured as well in my upcoming multi-medium horror compilation, Haunt Me to Sleep, which I talked (read: aimlessly blathered) about yesterday. That book will likely be published in late September or October.
You can read or download the August issue of RPB here:

Radium Piano Band – Issue #16

Poem – “And a Blackbird”

And a Blackbird

And a blackbird chimes on the willow branch
Ten notes of a halcyon, or perhaps a tragedy
A riddle heard in our playground below,
Whose answer we can never acknowledge

And a blackbird dies on the willow branch,
Feathers on a skeleton, or perhaps a hollow soul
We’re growing older every moment and soon,
Another spectre unseen in the dawn light

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Poem – “Heart in the Catacombs”

Heart in the Catacombs

Heart in the catacombs, in the valve
A facsimile of the orchard, necrotic
Digital memory of a lifetime, corrupted
Suspended in its nightmare, evolving
In the dark fog, in the core of a plastic apple
Heart in the catacombs, in the valve
In the wishing well of the blue-eyed devil

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“Sunshine Weeping Demon” Featured in RPB

Avant-garde magazine Radium Piano Band is back after a brief hiatus, and was kind enough to feature two new poems of mine – “Sunshine Weeping Demon” and “Rose and Thrombus”. These appear in my chapbooks MHz and Infinite Summer as well. A neat little fact about these two poems is that they were both inspired, in an abstract sense, by the creative work of two different horror-film directors – Dario Argento and Shinya Tsukamoto. It might show, it might not.
This issue is a very strong one, and I especially love the first poem, “The House of Blue Lights” by Lee Ballentine. Check it out! 🙂

Radium Piano Band – Issue #15
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Poem – “Upstairs”

Upstairs

Look alive, here they come creeping
Can you hear their parade of legs come skulking
Open your heart for the final hour of prayer
Here they come, better watch your little spine
Here they come stalking down the stairs with
Baskets full of heads, lullabies in reverse time
Look alive, look alive,
Playing dead in shallow corners
Here they come again tonight

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Poem – “Somewhere Below”

Somewhere Below

An electric larvae that sleeps in our heart
Hear it gestate with the voice of a human
Somewhere below, deep in the cerebrum
Hear it aging, fed by the scarlet darkness
Infinite, but doesn’t know, never knows

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Two New Featured Poems

My poems “Hidden in a False Sun” and “In the Land of Rust” were featured in the latest issue of Radium Piano Band, an avant-garde magazine you should totally follow. Some great up-and-coming writers here. Consider this a sample of Cosmic Love, a poetry collection that’s been completely reworked and arrives in about a week. My estimate is that it’ll be out on April 23rd. Both of these poems will be in the collection.

Radium Piano Band – Issue #14

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Poem – “Twilights in January”

Twilights in January

Another edible soul
Sprouted up before its time
An equinox in winter
When witchcraft comes into play
And the fair folk come out of
A restless hibernation
The latest twilights in January,
You can feel them in the shadow

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Poem – “Unforgotten”

Unforgotten

Unknowable,
Yet we still see what you are
Unforgotten,
But no memory of you is clear
Blossoms of poison coil in your footsteps
At the root lies something
Unmistakable
Yet the most horrible to look upon
Something botantic, something sub-natural
Unknown
And entirely familiar

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Poem – “Strange Rabbit”

Strange Rabbit

Stealing away in silhouettes,
Never think that I don’t see you
How could anyone miss such colours?

Your transition is all too obvious
To the point where it’s hard to believe
You were ever real after you disappear

Beady eyes that swirl so anxiously
I sense that you are running late
When you dart through my peripheral again

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Poem – “Crown of Ununoctium”

Crown of Ununoctium

Here I lie accumulating monsters
Concealed in the tomb beneath tombs
An island gestating in the planet’s womb
A stillborn for ever and beyond hours
A fusion of gluttony, a hunger so great
My crown of ununoctium
Has merged into its weight

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The Core of Everything Dreaming

A dark fantasy poem of mine, “The Core of Everything Dreaming”, was accepted for Radium Piano Band’s newest issue. They’re an up-and-coming surrealist and dark poetry blog and I highly recommend checking them out. There are a lot of great poets that showed up in this volume. (I’m not counting myself in that obviously, that’d be rather hubris.) Issue #11 can be downloaded or read online.

Radium Piano Band – Issue #11

I wrote this poem when I was 15! It actually is one of the first “darker” poems I ever attempted, I believe. It was once going to appear in an interesting compilation that was cut into four “worlds”, basically four different genres of poetry.
I’ve plundered many of the poems from that project to use in Loverboy and other upcoming compilations, and it’s not high on my priorities list. Most of that book I wrote as a teen instead of bothering with school or being psychologically healthy. If there’s an interest later, I might publish it.

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