Ken Taylor

seconding speech

reveries still wet with soft shoe behind
tease of a carbon footprint bound geisha
small. grain science helps however large
we think or maybe ring the conflagration
steward. held back tears as a curtain call
beckons: lost wax in the new suit. i can’t
ponder with fidelity & yet feelings trigger
flock loyalty: constant return to the fallen.

our confected blood lust begs that falsetto
true to time & place: elder story of hanged
pilgrims or the well-hung argument: limbic
reward for fruitful aggression. fast-forward
to a repast of quinces or stiffly named lack
or smiling banquet baked into the system.

florence syndrome

in the disfigured film up swims a face.
reverberant brunt: traces in the last of
de kooning. his eyes burn behind burnt
as if beauty is frank o’hara: gone. can’t
hear him mutter past a slit he makes of
mouthing: translation not sound. glare
then framed by white & white & white:
disrupted in the springs not abstracted.

somnolent fog: latter galleries drifting:
untitled. untitled. untitled. no title. none
signed: taffetas opened by other hands.
winsome celluloid squirms: non-action.
the camera nth dithering: here & away:
now & not. curt castaway clap. blackout.

Ken Taylor lives in North Carolina. He is the author of the chapbook first the trees, now this (Three Count Pour 2013). His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Hambone, VOLT, The Offending Adam, Blackbird, 3:AM Magazine, Verse Daily, elimae, MiPOesias, Carolina Quarterly, Cloud Rodeo, The Chattahoochee Review, Southword, ARDOR, can can, Gigantic Sequins, Finery, Clade Song, and others.
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Susan Lewis ( is the editor of Posit ( and the author of ten books and chapbooks, including Zoom, winner of the 2017 Washington Prize, Heisenberg's Salon, This Visit, and State of the Union. Her poetry has appeared in such places as The Awl, Berkeley Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Cimarron, Gargoyle, The Journal, New American Writing, The New Orleans Review, Prelude, Raritan, Seneca Review, So to Speak, Verse, Verse Daily, and VOLT.