Month: December 2014

Excepted From CHAPTER 4: Return & Silence & Rain. Selected from Hallucinating In A Lava Pantheon (A Work In Progress)

Excepted From CHAPTER 4: Return & Silence & Rain. Selected from Hallucinating In A Lava Pantheon (A Work In Progress) 2. On this, the occasion for joy, your voice annihilated in Buffalo without us, caught in hot wires intersecting February, our roof breaks open, flies away. Was there ever anything but this precisely desperate blue? […]

A Thing

A Thing I smear glow-stick juice all over my face, sprinkle my arms with faerie dust, and deem myself ready for our date. Why do I need to try now? You used to love me so easily. I like trying I hate trying It scares me Makes me feel like I’m failing— Reaching for something, […]

Tiaras Between Us

Tiaras Between Us If only I could spit on branches the way bird moms do to make nests you never hear about bird dads I would spit on branches to make a tiara that way I’d be some kind of creature of the woods a spirit who belonged in nature how far I would have […]

In Praise of Pangolins

In Praise of Pangolins So wonderful, exotic & rare are pangolins. And do we care a jot that we are not aware of what they look like, even where they live? Throw in their hallowed name to any hard-fought parlour game & everyone will say the same – “The pangolin? The pangolin? You’re sure you […]

For John Conrad Russell

For John Conrad Russell Last night the universe became a cloud. It hung above my bed and talked to me In languages I did not understand. Like cigarette smoke in a terraced house.     Ben Sixsmith is an English writer and performer, living in Poland. His work has been published by Visual Verse and […]

Waffled Footprints

Waffled Footprints  I follow waffled footprints into nostalgia of sled-filled snow-days when time was kept by the progress of our snowman or the freezing of our toes and the cooling of stove-top hot chocolate. In NDG, the streets aren’t cleared and it makes me homesick, enjoying the frustration of trekking down Hingston to get to […]