J. D. Nelson

Made Westerns as “Milk Lardner”

Checkerborg, Earth-thirty.

               in a hut
                    in the woods

Stereo orchard.
The crispness of the hues, etc.

- - - - - - - - - - Stung by a

made his debut at the 1896.


V.U.R.R. non-nickel, a squid forest. This dear language. High hipperleg, welcome inside! Willow wink for me. Rainbow sherbet index cards. Nurse nine in rented denim, ibex, Coloradoan. Hardball/hareball. Thin mint Fiskars. Bark park arper, a real seal with a lurky rabbit’s foot. Styrophobic. Dehydrated shrimp, murt-murt.

               Why can’t I sleep in a tree?


“How is the world, this one?”

               approaching downtown /// the silvery buildings /// gray, rain

               stealth light rail                only the blue and green stripes
               on the sides of the cars are visible

                              blue line / / / / /
                              green line / / / / /

Bon Scott as Mad Max

It’s always Saturday afternoon in the bookshop made of books. A sleepy Earth yawns, revealing mossrock teeth and cartoon uvula.

“Who is I?” it asks, and “Why Knott’s?”

Under the water is no match for the aqua man!

One Eye Emerald

Canberra, Terra.

Bass rhymes with grass.
Bass rhymes with grace.

A nickel weeps.
No, a nurse in purple weeps.


Zen Baldy

Cricket Rifle

Nurg mumbled something as he shoveled Salt-O-Meal into his craw.

“When you’ve finished, please rinse out your bowl and lock yourself in the basement,” I said. “Do you remember how?”

“Sure,” he said. “First, I turn on the faucet, then I take the bowl, like this—”

“Juneau what I mean,” I said.

Vaca / Baca

Kipper. Lender Jenny, Selkirk. Rare, Confederate Peter Rabbit. [mammal of clean TV] Sp. pock-et. The promise of snakes: Chutt’s Jetson. Nalk headstand. Mirror shaven, the Patrick face, another leatherjet pimpernel vs. pickles. It bees. Iron arms, eyes. Magpie, gettle get a magpimm. Roo-tay too-tay, trunk of foam. Art as trash.

J. D. Nelson (b. 1971) experiments with words and sound in his subterranean laboratory. More than 1,000 of his bizarre poems and experimental texts have appeared in many small press and underground publications. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Cinderella City (The Red Ceilings Press, 2012), Piso Mojado (Argotist Ebooks, 2012), and When the Sea Dies (NAP, 2011). Visit MadVerse.com for more information and links to his published work. His audio experiments (recorded under the name Owl Brain Atlas) are online at OWLNoise.com. J. D. lives in Colorado, USA.
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