Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Jason Price Everett - Three Poems

Gravity Day

i.
The bounds are set.
This guttering life
rejects that which
it called upon
to dampen death.
Tamp down the voice
with indolent pain.
Broadcast round
the cold soft seed
of secret gain.
Our fertile ground
Her yield of anguish.
His mechanized rain
Our eloquent iron.

ii.
He assembled
an eye
from the
orbit of
damage.
With indelible
iris
it reset
the ruin.




Rites of Autumn

i.
Lift a piece
Of wood.
Tallow strands
Seething.
Black dirt
Yellow plants
Behind the
Voice.
Behind the
Act.

ii.
This
carnivore
playmate.
Her
anthemic
jaundice.
Reviving
dim contrasts
of horror
and greed.


iii.
Unpleasantries.
Rites of
autumn.
Infection
crawled
out of her
cataleptic
throat.




War Crimes

There is nothing
and then there is a white face.
The face grows
It is large
It fills everything.
A vertical line divides it.
The white face has no eyes.
She is looking at me.
Then there is nothing again
but it is a nothing
that is very different
from the original nothing.
The reverse of the image
tells us nothing
It makes no sound.
From a black that is empty
to a white that is emptier still
she travels.
Without eyes she looks at me.
To be seen is to be afraid.
From a black that is empty
to a white that is emptier still
she travels.



Jason Price Everett was born in Orlando, Florida in 1972. He was educated at Lafayette College, Cornell University and the University of Paris. He has held twenty-six different positions of employment to date, one of the more recent being that of English professor at a university in Xian, China. He is the author of Unfictions, a collection of short prose available from 8th House Publishing. His work has appeared in such diverse publications as Si Senor, Hubris, CRIT Journal, The Mad Hatters’ Review, BITEmagazine, Writers Notes Magazine, Farmhouse Magazine, The Quarterly Review, The Prague Literary Review, City Writers Review, Riverbabble, The Maynard, Underground Voices, BLATT, The Alchemy Review, KGB Bar Lit Magazine and Revue M├Ętropolitaine. He currently lives in Montreal.

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