Friday, July 13, 2012

J.J. Campbell - Three Poems

I May Not be Perfect

i saw this black
woman in a video
chat room had a
t-shirt on that said

i may not be perfect
but parts of me are
pretty fucking

that made me

but still didn't
convince me to
spend seven dollars
a minute to figure
out which parts

The Proper Motivation

broken faces crying
over the milk dripping
off of broken dreams

clipped tongues
remember a simpler

all of us have a good
riot inside of us

we lack the proper
motivation for a

a vanishing kiss upon
the last shooting star
of the night

wishes are for those
that believe in such

the neon lights fade
into some distant
memory of nearly
30 years ago

the taste of your

the smell of your

imagine the horror
if anyone would
ever find out

Reflecting on Failure

middle of april
and they are
saying there's
a chance of
snow overnight

my horoscope
said today that
the person i am
in love with is
in love with me

i told her this
and she laughed
out loud

i believe the word
bullshit came out
but the connection
was bad

another lonely night
reflecting on failure

all my beautiful
mistakes built this

and i get punished
every time i venture
outside the comfort
of isolation

sharpen the knives
and make sure we
have enough bullets
to go round

this bloody revolution
shall end tonight

J.J. Campbell (1976 - ?) lives, writes but mostly dies a little each day on a farm in Brookville, Ohio. He's been widely published over the years, most notably at Chiron Review, Thunder Sandwich, Zygote in My Coffee, and Nerve Cowboy. His first full length collection of poetry is scheduled for release in 2012 from Interior Noise Press. 

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