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  November 2015
volume 12 number 2
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  featured poets
  paulo brito
  Don Kingfisher Campbell
  Michael Aaron Casares
  Emily Fernandez
  John Jay Flicker
  E.L. Freifeld
  John Grey
  Christopher Mulrooney
  Kushal Poddar
  Jan Steckel
  Wanda Vanhoy Smith
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John Jay Flicker November 2015



photo by françois biajoux

    John Jay Flicker grew up in the bitumen under the buildings of Los Angeles. He has previously published poetry in Haggard & Halloo, Egg Poetry, Carcinogenic Poetry and LabLit Publications. He currently works in the veterinary industry as a doctor's assistant and holds a bachelor's degree in molecular and cell biology from the University of California Merced.



Veneer on White Picket Fences

You can wake them up in Houston
under the oleander trees
and in the backlots by the barges of rock

Sometimes the blankets come alive
in the charming sunlight of the street
with the rain water running on the tarps

They've all forgotten Miles Davis
and the trumpets have all gone silent
in the whirring of machines and metal

Some of them have died for seven years
and they're still trying their luck at dying
in the perches of the metropolitan inventions

You will never love them
in their vestiges of empire lighting
as they soak up the mire of the junkie sun

copyright 2015 John Jay Flicker