Jim Leftwich, John Crouse, & John M. Bennett

The Virus Variations
                April 2020

Jim Leftwich in Four Oaks, NC
John Crouse in Farmington, NM
John M. Bennett in Columbus, OH

cult u're wars

Jim Leftwich
Apr 12, 2020, 7:46 PM
to john, JOHN

we're here to tell
the world about
reverse osmosis

We're here to
Tell the world
About re verse
Is most us

Were hear two
Teal the Whorl
Abut red verse


John Bennett
Apr 12, 2020, 8:11 PM
to me, john

sᴉsoɯso ǝsɹǝʌǝɹ
ʇnoqɐ plɹoʍ ǝɥʇ
llǝʇ oʇ ǝɹǝɥ ǝɹ,ǝʍ

John Crouse
Apr 12, 2020, 8:15 PM
to me, JOHN

Wobbly Rock

Lew Welch

Breaking Bad
Still Beating

Mostly Red Vines

Jim Leftwich
Apr 12, 2020, 8:36 PM
to John, JOHN


John Crouse
Apr 12, 2020, 8:42 PM
to me, JOHN


Jim Leftwich
Apr 12, 2020, 9:05 PM
to John, JOHN

Re t read

John Crouse
Apr 12, 2020, 9:09 PM
to me, JOHN


Jim Leftwich
Apr 12, 2020, 9:15 PM
to John, JOHN

Prufrock rockin
In the
Free World

John Crouse
Apr 12, 2020, 10:37 PM
to me, JOHN

T.S. Flintstone
Barefoot first responder
Rocky tobogganing
Essential workers
Lip-serviced thank-yous
Through pursed lips
Cheap and easy
No bootstraps for
Pulling up
In the wasteland
A gay old time
It aint

Jim Leftwich
Sun, Apr 12, 10:59 PM
to John, JOHN

TS Sweetgum
Barefoot dump station
Rocky grocery shopping
Essential headlights
Lip-serviced cough slurp
Through gusting windows
Cheap pollen
No boondocking videos
Pulling chickens
In the wasteland of the free
A grayghost town
Saint Saint

John Crouse
Sun, Apr 12, 11:15 PM
to me, JOHN

Sweet Alyssum
TSA guy wire
Raccoon Vavoom
Sneeze guard
Sensual skintights
Servile cough-up
Dew disgusting redoubt
Weeping Paul Lynde
Blow boondoggle videodrome
Choking feels
Waistband siree
Greyscale Bozo
St. Aint Aint

Jim Leftwich
Mon, Apr 13, 12:33 AM
to John, JOHN

Sweet dreamhoney in a sock
Tennessee vàlet authoritarian
Vacuum cumulus
The changing of the snooze garde
Sins of Light
Several due drop innings
The few the disgusted the doubtful

John Crouse
Mon, Apr 13, 1:32 AM
to me, JOHN

Entreat calumny windsock
Rammed desire wallet authorship
Vacuum bag cloud camber
Discharge of the blighted retrograde
Shins of incandescence
Upheaval accrues whinnings
True busty bountiful

Jim Leftwich
Mon, Apr 13, 12:26 PM
to John, JOHN

The End of Eating

kale lump knee
lumpy knee

if your wallet desires
stock in the wind

stock in the windy wind

kale grammar author
kale grammar ship

vacuum cleaner disco
urse discourse & curse

shining upon the heap
true beauty is bountiful

John Bennett
Mon, Apr 13, 1:06 PM
to me, John

slaw falls from wallet
discourse mutters in vacuum

Jim Leftwich
Mon, Apr 13, 1:13 PM
to John, JOHN

cumulative matters curse
waterfalls slowly foaming
in their valleys

John Crouse
Mon, Apr 13, 2:00 PM
to me, JOHN

tatters in rectum
tumult's lowly catch-all gloaming
in hair volleys

Jim Leftwich
Mon, Apr 13, 2:26 PM
to John, JOHN

nattering rectitude
cult of the snowy nuthatch
our inner loblolly

John Crouse
Mon, Apr 13, 3:00 PM
to me, JOHN

Mad Hatter ridicule
Republicanism showy snatch
Dour sinner probably

Jim Leftwich
Mon, Apr 13, 3:22 PM
to John, JOHN

mud dauber organ
pipe culinary riddim
reap public canasta
prism scratchy
howitzer gold
mind sour
Dinner of Probability

John Crouse
Mon, Apr 13, 5:11 PM
to me, JOHN

Blood blubber yoni
Tripe cull linear riddance
Weep diabolical pasta
Prison screech
However foretold
Grind our
Vinter of Proboscis

Jim Leftwich
Mon, Apr 13, 5:54 PM
to John, JOHN

Lewd lode Club of
Roam fully lineated
Ripe rip rope romp
Rid rad rod dansing
Steep diagonal Mesa
Prime sun off beech
Batch of Boats how
Many forepaws
Sourdough mind
In the Winter
Of our Prognosis

John Crouse
Apr 13, 2020, 6:10 PM
to me, JOHN

Dawdle erode ace hero
Foam fully, eaten ripe. Sisal
Rethread curtails mod
Squad asleep. Shoot Young
On the beach, table asleep. Patch
Of stoats cow nanny pawpaw,
Pupae rye seasonal, snot
The winner's content.

Jim Leftwich
Apr 13, 2020, 7:04 PM
to John, JOHN

Doodle strode strobeface eros
Roaming bullies beating pipes

Mistrial redheaded
Curtains nod

Squid as sleet
Moot tongue

Once the peach
Enabled jeep

Watch batch
Poach couch

Of oats coast canny caw caw

Pupfish eye reasonably, not
The spooner bent.

Stay at Home poem

Jim Leftwich
Thu, Apr 16, 1:12 PM
to john, JOHN

We have been here a month
I haven't seen you once

John Crouse
Thu, Apr 16, 1:26 PM
to me, JOHN

essential mothlight
twice eyes-write

Jim Leftwich
Thu, Apr 16, 3:11 PM
to John, JOHN

Sleeping in the afternoon
No laughing at the moon

John Bennett
Thu, Apr 16, 3:19 PM
to me, John

chewing the sheet
open the hand real slow

John Crouse
Thu, Apr 16, 3:39 PM
to me, JOHN

Wing he beat
Pen in hand
Peon swole

John Crouse
Thu, Apr 16, 3:41 PM
to me, JOHN

Ping pong diurnal
Yes, crying cartoon

Jim Leftwich
Thu, Apr 16, 3:44 PM
to John, JOHN

Said the cavefish to the cave
I've been right here all day

John Crouse
Thu, Apr 16, 4:00 PM
to me, JOHN

Said the cave to the cave fish
Yet you've been swimming away

Jim Leftwich
Thu, Apr 16, 4:10 PM
to John, JOHN

If there's a fish in the text
There's a text in the fish

If there's a fish in the sea
There's a text in the desert

John Crouse
Thu, Apr 16, 4:46 PM
to me, JOHN

Waterline storylines lap
Oceanic derriere seaweed rapping

Nemo's underwater spoof
A fishy text in the deserted sea

Johnston County List Poem #1

Jim Leftwich
Thu, Apr 16, 1:16 PM
to john, JOHN

specific gravity
edge-crush test

John Crouse
Thu, Apr 16, 1:25 PM
to me, JOHN

analytic depravity
eagle-shush nest
apple pie

Jim Leftwich
Thu, Apr 16, 2:10 PM
to John, JOHN

catalytic converter
Observatory Crest

John Crouse
Thu, Apr 16, 2:22 PM
to me, JOHN

Shelf life board feet
Catydid nothing wrong
Incontrovertibly larks baked
Sky-high genuflects

Jim Leftwich
Thu, Apr 16, 2:33 PM
to John, JOHN

bag clip
key fob

John Crouse
Thu, Apr 16, 2:51 PM
to me, JOHN

Clipper ship

Jim Leftwich
Thu, Apr 16, 3:08 PM
to John, JOHN

broadleaf cattail
national petroleum radio
Disney petroglyphs

John Crouse
Thu, Apr 16, 3:37 PM
to me, JOHN

Mod Squad
Linoleum daddy-o
Zit galleon sundial
Blockchain plover
Attaboy smiles feathers
Robocop disses
Oil paint homie
Fish strings

Jim Leftwich
Thu, Apr 16, 4:16 PM
to John, JOHN

Glacier water
Dump station
Cell phone
Melting / feedback loop
Jump cut
At least

John Crouse
Thu, Apr 16, 4:53 PM
to me, JOHN

Ted Nugent.
Book black
Leap slice.

Jim Leftwich
Thu, Apr 16, 8:01 PM
to John, JOHN

frost warning
autolyzed yeast
The Peace Trail
The Mikan Drill

John Crouse
Thu, Apr 16, 8:25 PM
to me, JOHN

Fiery morph priapism
Frosty the Snowman
Bread lines infection
John Barleycorn's
Knocked-up & salted
Hellhound rebound
Mike Pence on trial
Makepeace Thackeray
Minneapolis Lakers
Body bag

Wash your face

Jim Leftwich
Thu, Apr 16, 10:57 PM
to john, JOHN

Semiotic Virus

What is the name of the rock formation on the trail to
Barker Dam? Cat stretched out and sleeping on my lap.
Toilet paper vertical, paper towels horizontal. Pickup
trucks, freight trains, chickens in the yard. Hualapai
pinyon, ponderosa. Croatan Sound. Forest City Joe.
Eisenhower highway matrix. Because the air is irrespirable.
Wash your face after eating a prose poem.

John Bennett
Fri, Apr 17, 8:05 AM
to me, john

itching & working
itching & walking
itching & sleeping

John Crouse
Fri, Apr 17, 9:35 AM
to me, JOHN


Edgar Rice's burro cairns leftoverture trails threading
nimbostratus skyward to reservoir sits & giggles in storylines.
Letterbox catgut lapwing yaws the cruciform paper productions,
X marking the mid-tempo earth's core punned afoul. People of
the tall pines croak timbered citadel coffee while Dwight
Howard and least heat moon Keanu Reeves' careless suffocate.
Cranium bidets pro's words to chew on.

John Bennett
Fri, Apr 17, 10:03 AM
to John, me

cranium & jiggling
burros & hojeando
paper & mooning

John Crouse
Fri, Apr 17, 10:28 AM
to me, JOHN

Juggling uranium
Leafing thru burritos
Rapier spooning

John Bennett
Fri, Apr 17, 11:56 AM
to John, me

numb & burbling
loaf & churning
name & fooling

Jim Leftwich
Fri, Apr 17, 12:37 PM
to John, JOHN

ink on the
staircase mud on
a boot blood on
a clockface stink
on the loot

John Crouse
Fri, Apr 17, 12:40 PM
to me, JOHN

Crumb bauble
Flotilla Chungking
Namaste unspooling

John Crouse
Fri, Apr 17, 12:46 PM
to me, JOHN

Blinking nutcase dud
Pecan trophy
Scoot doodle upon
Steeplechase group think
Yawn bra moot

Simple nipple

Jim Leftwich
Sat, Apr 18, 9:02 PM
to john, JOHN

Supple maple
Ample apple
Simple nipple

People ripple
Sample example
Duple couple

Grapple triple
Quadruple dapple

John Crouse
Sat, Apr 18, 9:55 PM
to me, JOHN

Pullet math
Temple staple
Pimple cripple

Peep hole tipple
Example sump
duplex creme

Table tripe
Quad rupee pineapple

Jim Leftwich
Sat, Apr 18, 10:25 PM
to John, JOHN

A Fable

Bullet moth trample
Stubble dimple crapper
Heap pole topple
Examined dump complex
Cream fable ripe
Wad sauteed pinochle

John Crouse
Sat, Apr 18, 11:00 PM
to me, JOHN

Trampoline goth ballet
Ingrown skyscraper
Porthole maypole
Crosswalk rump convex
Weem cable tripe
Daw detritus picadillo

Jim Leftwich
Sat, Apr 18, 11:38 PM
to John, JOHN

Going down the road feeling

Exit ramp poll tax mothlight
Bail mallet town hall fly
Swatter sweater weather
Pork sole day role cross
Roads thumping index
Seams fabletripping hype
Thaws rictus packing pills

John Crouse
Sun, Apr 19, 8:29 AM
to me, JOHN

Standing in the shower thinking

Nexus gramps pollard flax goth blight
Grail wallet clown mall flypaper
Wetter tweeter feather
Dork whole relay soul crucifix
Goads humping ibex
Creams stable rippling hypo
Gnaws rickshaw shellacking thrills

Oat X

Jim Leftwich
Sat, Apr 18, 9:13 PM
to john, JOHN

Oat at
Oat boat
Oat coat
Oat dote
Oat eat
Oat float
Oat goat
Oat haute
Oat jolt
Oat koan
Oat loaf
Oat mote
Oat note
Oat oak
Oat poke
Oat quote
Oat rote
Oat soap
Oat tote
Oat ute
Oat vote
Oat wrote

John Crouse
Sun, Apr 19, 9:30 AM
to me, JOHN

Oat wrote at oat oat
Boat at vote vote at
Coat vote at rote rote
Oat eat at loaf more
At haute jolt at koan
Loaf oaf oat at oak poke
At rote soap at ute
Tote oat mote at quote
Goat at float eat at
Dolt jolt oat at oaf oaf

John Bennett
Sun, Apr 19, 11:22 AM
to John, me

shot suit
sot suit
cot suit
got suit
plot suit
cock suit
knock suit
bot suit
lot suit
sock suitA Fable

Jim Leftwich
Sat, Apr 18, 1:40 PM
to john, JOHN

Galt's Mill
Cowpasture River
culpable capable
palpable permeable
ramble table bible

John Bennett
Sat, Apr 18, 1:52 PM
to me, john


Jim Leftwich
Sat, Apr 18, 2:07 PM
to John, JOHN

Panic in Ammonia

Pan demon money
And demon money slop
Slope in demon utopia
Slips demon in open
Demon emotive and
Optical monocultural
Pandemic onions and
Panda democracy

John Bennett
Sat, Apr 18, 2:16 PM
to me, john


John Crouse
Sat, Apr 18, 2:41 PM
to me, JOHN

Lantana putty
Landfill milkshake
Wolverine pastor hamburger
Pulpy preamble inescapable
Ramble on Antetokounmpo
Van Tilburg Clark necktie
Swingset tagline gore
Led Zeppelin mesa

John Crouse
Sat, Apr 18, 2:46 PM
to me, JOHN


John Crouse
Sat, Apr 18, 2:52 PM
to me, JOHN

Handy in Aspic

Pun renown, honey
Planned semen runny
Jalopy mope hen steaming topper
Blips reaming coping
He man votive randy
Monocle plural cut
Polysemic bunions
Prada demagogue

Jim Leftwich
Sat, Apr 18, 3:24 PM
to John, JOHN

Blend Bleak Blemish
Bleached Bleeding
Bleep Blessings
Blurting Blenders

John Crouse
Sat, Apr 18, 3:30 PM
to me, JOHN

Lend Leak Lemming
Leached Leading
Leap Lessons
Lurking Lenders

Jim Leftwich
Sat, Apr 18, 8:37 PM
to John, JOHN

Blef bleg bleh
Blei blej
Blel blem
Blen bleo blep
bler bles blet
Bleu Blev Blew

John Crouse
Sat, Apr 18, 9:48 PM
to me, JOHN

Beef beg lei
Bleat Bojangle
Black blemish
Bling oreo kelp
Blur blessed belittle
Blew bevy blow

Jim Leftwich
Sat, Apr 18, 10:40 PM
to John, JOHN

The Kiln Sea Blik

Flee bowtie impeached bed
Leech reef leg levee I see leak tangled borax pluck slack
Lemmings eye linger over
The kiln sea blik / blik the
Blue sky-shift, their brittle &
furry lessons / below their
Leveraged snowjobs
An index of silver feet

John Crouse
Sun, Apr 19, 9:38 AM
to me, JOHN

Nee towhee beseeched bedstead
Stretch fear gel evil eye ease keel dragnet
X-ray potato chip hippy kelp
Chumming belie finger lover
Taco kill semen picnic ante maim
Ilk the bilk the sea kiln milk
Red shift their spocked airtight
& Blurry lesions blow angel hair
Salvaged low ball low blows blouses
Angst alphabetized ibex at slivers gleet

John Bennett
Sun, Apr 19, 11:23 AM
to John, me

palenque seat
blank meat
sank feet
plank beet
shank bleedI think

Jim Leftwich
Sun, Apr 19, 1:29 PM
to john, JOHN

I think we're alone now said
the wind to
the sparrows and the crickets
in the oak leaves and the
beside a creek maybe 50 miles
of the research triangle

John Crouse
Sun, Apr 19, 2:14 PM
to me, JOHN

Grating to think of abalone cowbell,
Said the bovine to the breeze:
Harrow and rickets cloak sheaves.

Hornswoggle elides big baby,
Nifty smiles on the upbeat::
Hawking the soul-search angle.

Jim Leftwich
Sun, Apr 19, 2:32 PM
to John, JOHN


John Crouse
Sun, Apr 19, 2:41 PM
to me, JOHN

armadillo plague journals
pittance ear to ear
corn singing to

Jim Leftwich
Sun, Apr 19, 2:52 PM
to John, JOHN

Plague it again
Same Sam

John Crouse
Sun, Apr 19, 2:59 PM
to me, JOHN

Thank you, Ma'am

Buy Jiminy hegemony
Yosemite Disney
Bam Bam

Jim Leftwich
Sun, Apr 19, 3:07 PM
to John, JOHN

bright, shiny wrapping

John Crouse
Sun, Apr 19, 3:17 PM
to me, JOHN

Lazes Bloated

Mercador trading post
Candy bar swat sweet tooth
Shrink-wrapped saw horse
Rand McNally radicand
Time warp sultanate

Jim Leftwich
Sun, Apr 19, 3:28 PM
to John, JOHN

Mercury in faded ghosts
Handstand bartering sweat
Lodge / rapid transit law
Of the curse / sandpaper
Nails & rash, and radish &
Dashboard flashing cash.
Mome-burp sulking fate.

John Crouse
Sun, Apr 19, 3:36 PM
to me, JOHN

Silver Surfer blue jeans
Bandstand bartenders water
Transect maw vapidity dodge
Reverse Sandpiper off the
Rails & such, Kaddish &
Dachshund clashing flask.
Mom twerking hulking hate.

Jim Leftwich
Sun, Apr 19, 4:01 PM
to John, JOHN

Shivering purple blue beans
Ballgame barfing
tender gates
Insects thawing rapidly
In verse as in the newspaper

Basket of Disposables

Jim Leftwich
Sun, Apr 19, 8:53 PM
to john, JOHN

The tree grows down
from the clouds and
buries its beard in
the dirt. Hairs fall out
and vanish, into the
desert night. In early
spring sidewinders
are seen, slithering
down Wall Street
towards the sea.

John Crouse
Sun, Apr 19, 9:13 PM
to me, JOHN

Brooklyn throes eider
forum the dirt clods band
harries its sheared tin
revert. Compares fallout
and varnish, Hindu spa
inserted spit. Girly
ping in sidereal blinders
obscene, withering
drown Ball Wheat
rewards Tweedledee.

Jim Leftwich
Sun, Apr 19, 10:05 PM
to John, JOHN

Now we're cooking with
Eiderdown firehouse quorum!
The dirtclouds hand Barry
His hearing aid skin flint
Culvert. Comb parity tall
Lout and vanish into their
Hidden spat. In uncertain
Spots. Sports teach con
Com petition like capitalist
Dogs eating their own
Children. Whirling gig
Economy. Ping pong,
With a side of blindness.

John Crouse
Sun, Apr 19, 11:04 PM
to me, JOHN

Know they're looking at
Goose and Dalmatian quarrel
Nimbus Dirty Harry
This query said "kinfolk"
Lord Calvert coxcomb disco ball
Pout and punish pinto flair
Bidden spatula entertain
Topsail stirrups peach scion
Comb edition spike naturalist
Hogs cheating renown
Cauldron twirling swig
Monotony pine pony
Blindsided to wit

Jim Leftwich
Sun, Apr 19, 11:19 PM
to John, JOHN

At squirrel Harry said,
Ball four, discover
Eastern Spain. I am
On it like a pike.
It's my own wig.
If only it fit.

John Crouse
Mon, Apr 20, 12:41 AM
to me, JOHN

Adze, Dirtcloud Barry said,
Jim Boulton, recover my
Granny Shot freet throw
Hand spun Warren Spahn
Catfish Hunter flipping
His swig, a colonic wit

John Bennett
Mon, Apr 20, 1:06 PM
to John, me

cloud fish
swing feet
dust mic
speech fear

Jim Leftwich
Mon, Apr 20, 8:31 PM
to John, JOHN

clear splash
wing muck
deep fuss

John Bennett
Tue, Apr 21, 8:58 AM
to me, John

,sneer ,hash
,cling ,suck
,creep ,dust

Jim Leftwich
Tue, Apr 21, 11:23 AM
to John, JOHN

No sneer, no hash,
Cling & clang,
No suck, no creep,
Dusting dusty dust

John Bennett
Tue, Apr 21, 11:55 AM
to me, John

clear sky
drips hose
duck rash

I've been writing this in my head for 3 days

Jim Leftwich
Tue, Apr 21, 1:12 PM
to john, JOHN


It yeah
It yeah
It yeah
It yeah
It yeah
It yeah
It yeah
It yeah
yeah It

John Bennett
Tue, Apr 21, 2:51 PM
to me, john

I've been living this version for weeks now...


ah sit
ah sit
ah sit
ah sit
ah sit
ah sit
ah sit
ah sit
sit ah

John Crouse lives in the American Southwest.
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