August 19-25, 2013: Rebecca Lu Kiernan and Sam Alper

Rebecca Lu Kiernan and Sam Alper

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Rebecca Lu Kiernan
geckogalpoet@hotmail.com

Bio (auto)

Rebecca Lu Kiernan is the founding editor of GECKO. She has published in MS. MAGAZINE, ASIMOV’S, SPACE AND TIME and numerous books and magazines in the U.S. and Australia. She was nominated for a Rhysling award for her cautionary tale, "When a Snake Bites You in the Ass". Her controversial short story, "Lucy of the Valley" has been published in BEWILDERING STORIES and OFFCOURSE.

The following work is Copyright © 2013, and owned by Rebecca Lu Kiernan and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Love and Other Poisonings

If I were you, I would surrender to me
The way a starling breaks from its brethren V.
Having seen something glitter in the bog birch.
Slow-feathered, zig-zaggy glide,
Overworked heart
Slicing a Payne’s grey, titanium white sky
Hot-breasted, twitch-winged,
Snapping petal from bark.
Shake my branches, leave claw-marks,
Forget you can fly.

If I were you, I could love me,
A shock of light in a bent tree,
A taste of unstrained, violet-streaked honey
Betwixt vampire-orchid, goat-root, killer bee.


Sam Alper
alper.sam@gmail.com

Bio (auto)

Sam Alper is a poet and playwright from Los Angeles currently living in Brooklyn. His writing has appeared in: Toad the Journal, Gambling the Aisle, The Susquehanna Review and The Brown Literary Review. His plays have been developed and produced by: Mildred’s Umbrella (Houston, TX), The Horizon Theatre (Atlanta, GA), The Collectin (NYC, NY / Los Angeles, CA), The Brick Theatre (Brooklyn, NY) and Pulp Stages (Portland, OR).

The following work is Copyright © 2013, and owned by Sam Alper and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Unemployed

Woke up to the desire to sleep / slept more
Saw you then / in dreams
Gold and ivory / woke up again
Went outside for air / same trash on the streets
Worried if I’d ever ‘make it’ / bit my nails
saw you then / on my phone
your web series / is getting around