Maurice Oliver

Postcards Dipped In Corn Syrup

After many revisions Iowa stops growing corn.

Huck Finn drifts up-river and then renames the
body of water "Mutual of Omaha". Mark Twain
is still a funny read but the average yearly farm
revenue slips so low the adventure story gets a
G-P rating...

Mode et Accessoires

Some are preferred over others, for instances:

-Plastic encroachments covered with insect bits.

-Eyeliner smeared around the seafarer's porthole.

-Any constellations able to pass the white-glove test.

-Beauty with teeth strong enough to eat through the skin.

-The porous quality of crazed thrill seekers.

-An asphalt jungle woven by silk worms.

-The sibling behavior noted in snow angels.

-Woozy wanderlust just beyond the masses' reach.

-Peristaltic rhythm caught in oncoming headlights.

-The invisible thread in the eye of love's needle.

-Debts that are so old they have coagulated.

After almost a decade of working as a freelance photographer in Europe, Maurice Oliver returned to America in 1990. Then, in 1995, he made a life-long dream reality by traveling around the world for eight months. But instead of taking pictures, he recorded the experience in a journal which eventually became poems.

His poetry has appeared in numerous national and international publications and literary websites including Potomac Journal, Pebble Lake Review, Taj Mahal Review (India), Dandelion Magazine (Canada), Stride Magazine (UK), and online at thievesjargon.com, interpoetry.com (UK), kritya.com (India), and blueprintreview.de (Germany). His third chapbook, But Mostly, Simple Precautions, was published by LilyLit Press in Nov. 2006. He is the proud editor of a new e-zine called Concelebratory Shoehorn Review.

He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he dreams of icebergs while working as a private tutor.

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