John M. Bennett

Lug gage

aut o ph age an dun cing c hopper you col
lapsed the steamwork tasty wrist .was t
hat yr lEg I gush ered nightly sweet ?fore
lap ,c lop meat ,tun lugg age b leathing sot
lector as h you c lick the me or s hiny
g lass my fin gers one by on e into yr mout

Trus s

jum p an c rap an dim p an t ore c rag
soppy in yr s horts c lump eat the window
aw f lopping d own th e h all c reep samp
le soupy r ice .b reathe yr tress t in s
hoe aims yr s mut e fixilation c rasped shu
dder as you ply to wipe .tinker tink er

S ock

c lop sto pper ,bub ben der ,d rab shoo ter
mite-heavy in yr s till re membered ,c ave an
top heaving )“heavink”( boo t to yawl glimmer
pest .p lot with tow els you sock d amp litude
,crimp insection ,s porn dabbled rolfed yr sight
.hi g lower in yr rotted f loor g lowing

C hecks

jo bless storm f lag lo bite g linting in the
rocks a g rimestone peri stalsis f latter
c raw s potted g rump you b laring at uh w
all wit h it ching c hecks yr pock et sar
dine b right with s tool .pd it c off an
dubly ,“sobbing” so me f un we c lad

John M. Bennett has published over 200 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), and la M al (Blue Lion Books). 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.

Three of the above poems first appeared on Jim Leftwich's textimagepoem

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