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Robert Wynne earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. A former co-editor of Cider Press Review, he has published 6 chapbooks, and 3 full-length books of poetry, the most recent being “Self-Portrait as Odysseus,” published in 2011 by Tebot Bach Press. He’s won numerous prizes, and his poetry has appeared in magazines and anthologies throughout North America. He lives in Burleson, TX with his wife, daughter and 3 rambunctious dogs.
The following work is Copyright © 2017, and owned by Robert Wynne and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Lucy Van Pelt Trapped in a Tom Waits Song
Loose Lips pays her bill, and slinks smoothly
with the yellow dreams of small, voiceless birds.
burying itself in the glove of god’s first baseman.
with Shroeder’s black and white notes
she stole from Moe’s Pawn Shop
the Queen of Spades and one Joker.
across Lucy’s cocked brow, as she sashays
in the corner of another redundant night.
Palinode for Dental Hygiene
No longer can I claim I don’t floss, even though
each dull tooth, my mouth a grey-scale cave
against every coffee-tinged beer I’ve ever enjoyed.
from scraping what feels like a rusty screw
like a plantation-era mansion, quietly denying
as she shoves a spoonful of blue antiseptic
like a fax modem searing a sleeping ear at 4 a.m.
so I can reach my forgotten molars.
to be diligent, spreading her sensible fear.
against time and circumstance, a denial
with every decision I’ve cherished
until there are more holes in this patchwork
of lips wide open in a song or a scream.
Margarita Serafimova has been shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize 2017. She has two collections in the Bulgarian: “Animals and Other Gods” (2016), “Demons and World” (2017). Her work is forthcoming in Agenda, Trafika Europe, The Journal, Waxwing, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Writing Disorder, Poetic Diversity, TAYO, Punch, Transnational, Sea Foam Mag, SurVision, the Global Poetry Anthology of the Montreal Poetry Prize, and appears in London Grip New Poetry, A-Minor, Minor Literatures, Noble/ Gas, The Birds We Piled Loosely, Obra/ Artifact, Futures Trading, Three Drops from a Cauldron, Aaduna, Ginosko, Dark Matter, Window Quarterly/ Patient Sounds, Peacock Journal, Anti-Heroin Chic, Wild Word, Plum Tree Tavern,MOON, Outlaw Poetry, In Between Hangovers, MockingHeart Review, Renegade Rant and Rave, Tales From The Forest, Misty Mountain Review, Outsider Poetry, Heavy Athletics, The Voices Project, Cent. Margarita lives in Sofia, Bulgaria. Some more of her work can be found here.
The following work is Copyright © 2017, and owned by Margarita Serafimova and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
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