Two Poems – Joshua Martin w/a Visual Poem by Robert Frede Kenter

Demographically Obtuse

Evidence in view
of reconstructive
   ,    vein                    exodus
, malfunctioning heart valve
                like estuary bisected
                without referential
                milieu.     To offer
        a swarm / survived triangulation
/ Bermuda Triangle of interweaving

If a medieval calculator
could blush before a cartographer’s
                                       radical position
                           , then a framework may extend
                             as widely dismissive as cremated
                              tectonic shifts.

Objectified societies exert massive intervals
stuck within presupposed eras.

Pole Star

a branch of affectation squid
gaining momentous aquatic imperatives

           considerable splicing goes into ecology
            like a parachute on a prairie oyster
            analyzed obscured specimens in repose

summed up

            burial at conception
                       audience without boundaries
practical spinning volcanoes
                             depictions of constellations
                             charted in dotted rectangles

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, M58, The Sparrow’s Trombone, Coven, Scud, Ygdrasil, RASPUTIN, Ink Pantry, and Synchronized Chaos. You can find links to his published work at Twitter: @jmartinpoetry

Banner Art: Blue Ruins, a visual poem by Robert Frede Kenter (c) 2023. Twitter: @frede_kenter. IG: r.f.k.vispocityshuffle. Robert Frede Kenter is the EIC of Ice Floe Press, a writer, visual artist & curator of Geographies 2022. Work in The Book of Penteract (Penteract Press, 2022). Forthcoming pieces in a new anthology from Steel Incisiors (2023). Widely published in journals incl. Anthropocene, streetcake, Feral, Anti-heroin chic, Writ, ARC, Prairie Fire, New Quarterly, WatchYrHead, Acropolis Journal, CutbowQuarterly. EDEN, a recent vispo collection was published in 2021.

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