John M. Bennett

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ax the shorter leg gate
tepid string winding through
crow d amp b rea th
st rung my c raze f lag
end os copic  ))shadow((
outhaled the x chlam y
día fórmico de hor
migas el a cido orondo
,mili pédico ,fangromántico
an thum bless ,where the
hinges stream
)the scat
tered sky ‘ ‘ ‘   ‘   ‘    ‘      ‘       ‘

bested hug an nadafocante
))fly yr shirt
)))dusty seems

mo ol
    -for Andy Gricevich

bal loom af fects im
bo ca flacr ante este lencgua
pod rida ntic iflation h
uff in versal ffu h I
slebpt   )in tonso( plu vi
oso eye exp losion in em
blook ))g runty p age((
)))labro sig nage((( sieze
dungs hirt   ))))leg in((((
ovulation change your
   )))))fork sammich
f o a m i n g in the
sun(((((     ))))))it
ch((((((   the barking
(((((((      ]in your lap[


dik dik ,¿dónde? tornillo in
ttonso rest ahead chow slottt
.tttthe slacks bile y puse
el lomo ,plattttto de hule
,lo singular ni gula es res
tttittutiva mi cáscara ,ttt
ttttrueno 4 the raucous
ttttimerfartttt shape re
amer ,“amargo el aire” ins
ttttanttttáneo mi Túnel
liberado yr mmutttturd
leg g g ¡ay ,mi gritttto o
grifo!   ))surely the shirtttt
was coughing in the sttreett((


was sneezing in the corn was
.son sobado ,returned .cap
sule faced a   )head dingk
.)“named a floor”   )swell
an   )door c lutter ,nos
tril in my n ape   )your
)cheese grasp ,deep twit
,muscled )knee or negck
)pollen on the l eaves w
hat form lies down   )c
hew the   )stone robado
)learned   )the bread ,my
)fl utter last breath   )“my”
.( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( (


dot luster nor ,pelted ,came
the sewer ,nipper past
,the “redhead jap” skull
king down the ,alley la
ced with glowing t rash
,soaked the dream net ,b
louse blackened in the fot
o ni sípida es mi cu
spidora shapely like
,a gnewt if ,chasing
,creamed be side the
lagunilla ,redonda y ho
nda como mi bOca


pu// the p/ug no wise s
tocker swo// pestive sh
it/eaks bor n into what as
pha/t mimewrap b/aze the
care of /ymph stones ay
piecer stink con so/idation
where the bath s/ows d own I
counted the single carrot tw
ice mind three ,/eaf/ess
,spraying towe/s ,loosely
/abia/ where my phage
ref/ection /eft the g/ass
]towering down]   )baited
,g/and ,dogged gu//et
( w
here my water shines


nunca supe nun
ca mino

big  s   p   a   c   e

)the last dog(


my snore
my loss

;r;a;i;n; ; bus


the low sty swims no hay
nada lamps condense la
nada hay un tugurio
flooded with my breathing
en la nada nula ,nom
bre swollen with a
corner sleep la nada h
ay festival an lu
ggage swarmed to st
ink an grin o lake na
dar what lesser deck’s
what nods the nada nor
was nada en la nada
jumping from the gnats
swirling in my shorts


chew an gn ash the lun g f
art f matter grunty wh
ere my ff   h air ch eese
e)cto))murphic fff wall
dims   )))me atless sh
ffff irt roollling in the
fffff dust   ))))jum py
,bu bb led c rag f lies a
h ffffff lame fffffff
lag ga gging on the cl iff
,you ,corne red ,dogfield
u)))))tter lam ination
)ffffffff)))))ace sp
linter writ ten on yr
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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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