John M. Bennett


my shirtsleeve draining so
I caulked the elbow whe
re your ants their eggs we
re scuttling it’s the source
of clouds ~≈~ and dice ▀▄ an
apple stinking in your hat
n    the bore fulla sar
dines an mud the ceiling
light combs your rain and
says the title of your wallet

where your watch repeals
the ticket senza truco
shaped the scattered h
ands like wheels and
waves el espiralodonte
te mastica el cogote
but you see the co
inage in your foot OO
a path outside sendero
“where the fin becomes the

torque the swallowed tongue and sleep


all I do the one thing was a
knotless net falling from the
ceiling light the door fe//
off your lap was peeling
in the 5 directions 11.1.11
aimed my radish for the
dogfood store nestled
in the morgue o steep your
lunch and let it sail

so the coldcuts in the wind
the bowel cave pro
noun ces ≈ rivers and the
crawling lamp your gaso
line imbibes a hair
tugged out my eye a
,mutt a )fork!( roll
ing in the mustard eh
the tongue one dragged me

non essere nemmeno stare


the shape less storm con
formed like lunch was fa
\\ing off the roof yr dust
desk groaning “cloud” or
spill of favas on your dri
ppy creditcard my pun
gent tachycardia investi
gated like you slammed it
going out :bam:

torque and whistling tree a
stumbler in the bentless
wind a simulation coffee
rose against the “door” was
giggling at your foaming pants
o chew the fishing pole and
drink the ≈ leakage in your
hat it’s the never thought
“I spat out in the deep”

the duck clock crackles

John M. Bennett has published over 300 books and chapbooks of poetry and other materials. Among the most recent are rOlling COMBers (Potes & Poets Press), MAILER LEAVES HAM (Pantograph Press), LOOSE WATCH (Invisible Press), CHAC PROSTIBULARIO (with Ivan Arguelles; Pavement Saw Press), HISTORIETAS ALFABETICAS (Luna Bisonte Prods), PUBLIC CUBE (Luna Bisonte Prods), THE PEEL (Anabasis Press), GLUE (xPress(ed)), LAP GUN CUT (with F. A. Nettelbeck; Luna Bisonte Prods), INSTRUCTION BOOK (Luna Bisonte Prods), la M al (Blue Lion Books), CANTAR DEL HUFF (Luna Bisonte Prods), SOUND DIRT (with Jim Leftwich; Luna Bisonte Prods), BACKWORDS (Blue Lion Books), NOS (Redfox Press), D RAIN B LOOM (with Scott Helmes; xPress(ed)), CHANGDENTS (Offerta Speciale), L ENTES (Blue Lion Books), NOS (Redfoxpress), SPITTING DDREAMS (Blue Lion Books), ONDA (with Tom Cassidy; Luna Bisonte Prods), 30 DIALOGOS SONOROS (with Martín Gubbins; Luna Bisonte Prods), BANGING THE STONE (WITH Jim Leftwich; Luna Bisonte Prods), FASTER NIH (Luna Bisonte Prods); RREVES (Editions du Silence); NEOLIPIC (Argotist); LAS CABEZAS MAYAS/MAYA HEADS (Luna Bisonte Prods); BALAM MALAB (Logan Elm Press); LA VISTA GANCHA (Luna Bisonte Prods); THE SOCK SACK/UNFINISHED FICTIONS/MORE INSERTS (with Richard Kostelanetz; Luna Bisonte Prods); T ICK TICK TIC K (Chalked Editions); THIS IS VISUAL POETRY (This is Visual Poetry); EL HUMO LETRADO: POESÍA EN ESPAÑOL (Chalk Editions); ZABOD (Tonerworks); TEXTIS GLOBBOLALICUS (3 vols.; mOnocle-Lash Anti-Press); NITLATOA (Luna Bisonte Prods); and OHIO GRIMES AND MISTED MEANIES (with Ben Bennett, Bob Marsh, Jack Wright; Edgetone Records). He has published, exhibited and performed his word art worldwide in thousands of publications and venues. He was editor and publisher of LOST AND FOUND TIMES (1975-2005), and is Curator of the Avant Writing Collection at The Ohio State University Libraries. Richard Kostelanetz has called him “the seminal American poet of my generation”. His work, publications, and papers are collected in several major institutions, including Washington University (St. Louis), SUNY Buffalo, The Ohio State University, The Museum of Modern Art, and other major libraries. His PhD (UCLA 1970) is in Latin American Literature.
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