Raymond Farr

Just This Side of Savage

I am holding my brother’s arm.
I am holding still like you said.
—Joshua Marie Wilkinson

All these old tires
Burning in my glass paranoia

Of the town where I grew up!
& what I paint

Is the Bishops’ queer sunset
Come to visit my brother & me

Its star-lit grave
A barking shadow

Of something like a precipice

A voice calling out
By the old xenophobic staircase

Where I’d run down
Pressing my luck

Shattering a spell in the room
My brother reading there


The oracle
Who once deboned me
Like a trout—

Her three hearts beating the air to death—
Now serves something wild to the men by the door

Says yesterday she saw
Gasoline flowing from her flowers

Into blogs
A woman murdered

Just this side of

These Flakes Falling thru Us

He who belly flops
Into bombed-out pools

Is labeled
A kid in history

Having his day
No one thing

Is interrogative
As this kid

All winter long
He was pensive

About April
Flakes falling thru him

Like lucid ideas
Lost in translations

Of what will
Become of us

In big toe
Dead chica

We gather

To eat
The shimmer

Of a threat
Gone cold

On our plates

Of 19th Century

We glimmer
In risk

We are little

Of sisters


Raymond Farr is author of numerous books in print, including Ecstatic/.of facts (Otoliths 2011) as well as Starched, Rien Ici, & Writing What For? across the Mourning Sky. His latest book Poetry in the Age of Zero Grav is due out in 2014. He is editor of the experimental poetry zine Blue & Yellow Dog.
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Susan Lewis (susanlewis.net) is the Editor-in-chief and founder of Posit (positjournal.com) and the author of ten books and chapbooks, including Zoom (winner of the Washington Prize), Heisenberg's Salon, This Visit, and State of the Union. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies such as Walkers in the City (Rain Taxi), They Said (Black Lawrence Press), and Resist Much, Obey Little (Dispatches/Spuyten Duyvil), as well as in journals such as Agni, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions online, Diode, Interim, New American Writing, and VOLT.