October 12-18, 2020: Poetry from Jimmy Christon and Greg Farnum

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Jimmy Christon

Jimmy Christon is a writer from Oregon. He has published pieces with Adelaide Literary Magazine, Indicia Literary Journal, Closed Eye Open, and Ethos Literary Journal. An alum of Vassar College, he thinks that he has talked with Thomas Pynchon on online literature forums.

The following work is Copyright © 2020, and owned by Jimmy Christon and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

On the couch

is someone sleeping.
I don’t know their name
they got in last night.
It is six thirty in the morning,
our shower is behind their couch;
it is loud, unruly, and leaks.
I do not wish to wake them.

The kitchen can clamor softly.
Eggs tactically cracked,
and coffee ground diligently—
my winter coat wrapped around the grinder
a swath of muffled mayhem, confined within the kitchen.
The hot pot cooking eggs will silently fume
small trails of steam let off from my head.

This much self control, this early in the morning,
is truly a dangerous thing.

Greg Farnum

Greg has been a soldier, student, soil tester, factory worker, pizza deliveryman, journalist, author of The Pizza Diaries, Helping Hands of the Locust People, and other books.

The following work is Copyright © 2020, and owned by Greg Farnum and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

What’s Needed

A new treat from the street vendors: duck grease on a stick.
Do I need it…
or do I need innovative voice solutions?
Do I need a look that’s as young as I feel?
Do I need a truck that works as hard as I do?
Do I need to synch my alerts across devices?
Do I need subscriber access to premium content?
Do I need to remember that as racing champion Bobby Unser said, Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.
Do I need to drive the new XT5 to know I’ve arrived?
Do I need artisanal chocolate bars?
Do I need to know what celebrity sons Dylan and Paris did at the Golden Globes?
Do I need to know the 11 major Kardashian moments of 2019?
Do I need to know about the Kate Beckinsale photo that is strictly NSFW?
Do I need to know more about the celebrity I forgot?
Do I really need to know why Ivanka won’t commit?
Do I need to know why Aldi shoppers were furious?
Do I need to know?
Do I need to be the Santa of sports nutrition?
Do I need to BOGO on LED hats?
Do I need to know about the scrappy new comedy horror that’s all bark and no bite?
Do I need to know why Avengers: Endgame made even more money than anticipated?
Do I need to know more about the Georgia couple who were terrified when a hacker…
Do I need to give back to my community?
Do I need to give back to the heroes?
Do I really need to dance for products?
How shall I know which products to dance for? Will the commercials tell me?
Do I need to know about the crowd pleasing sleepers with surprise megabucks deals?
Do I need to know which celebs are already rocking this fall’s hottest fashion trends?
Do I need to know how Paul Walker cracked open the “90s golden boy” schtick?
Do I need to know what that means?
Do I need to know why unions need to start treating employers as partners and not as adversaries?
Do I need to see how Kate Beckansall (sp?) sizzles in beach getaway?
Do I need to read more about a star I’d never heard of?
Do I need a magical Disney vacation?
Do I need to know more about their Wellness Options?
Do I need a car that’s been bred for the American road?
Do I need to drive the XT6 to know that I’ve arrived?
Do I need, as Ciara suggests, to get my funk on?
Do I need to know about the new ingredient that can add zest to my smoothie?
Do I need to know when that time will come again — the time of the giant BOGO…the doorbuster…the monster Sales Event?
Do I need to go viral?
BE THE HOTSPOT. Do I need to do that?
Do I need to capture the meme-train?
Do I need another chance at a vacation in paradise?
Do I need to begin the conversation?
Do I need to follow my dreams?
Do I need to make a compellingly personal statement with my product choices?
Do I need to act now to lock in a great low rate?
Do I need to SHOP NOW to SAVE BIG?
Do I really need ice-blown kettle-boiled barrel-aged old tyme goodness?
Do I really need every aspect of that product?
That can’t be real, right? I misheard…right?
Do I need the 1More Piston Fit E 1009 for only 14 pounds in time for the holidays?
Do I need to know about the new biologic that’s good news for my colon?
Do I need to see the throwback bikini photo?
Do I need to see football players dancing?
Do I need to follow my dreams of locking in a great low rate while my shoes say a lot about me? Is that the viral conversation I need to begin?
Do I really need to know if this is really my last chance to take advantage of these giant BOGO deals?
Do I need to rethink my approach to customized benefits management?
Do I need gluten-free keto-friendly?
Go to dot com slash BOGO.
Do I need to rethink my approach to BOGO? What does the shopping expert say?
Do I need to warn my readers that some scenes may contain violence or smoking?
Do I need to set a reminder to tell me when the game starts?
Do I need to address my digital device by name?
Do I really need to be all that I can be? In the Marines? With Microsoft?
With the Microsoft Marines?
Do I need to know about the six women who are changing the meat industry?
Do I need an experience of excitement and adventure for the whole family?
Do I need to know more about the feel-good movie of the year?
Do I need to know more about this big land of ours?
Go to .com/BOGO.
Do I need to learn more about the natural laxative with fewer side effects?
Do I need to know more about the urban area that offers a vibrant street art scene, a website with powerful engagement tools, and trendy street vendors selling duck grease on a stick?
Be sure to register and use your card to qualify!
Be sure to download the App!
Do I need to check my phone?
Do I need to consume my own tail?
Yes.
Yes, I need it all…and I will have it.