Saturday, February 26, 2011


Electronic feudalism
dominates discussion
that ought to
discuss the prevalence
of tumors or blood
but instead it is
strained with LCD
awkwardness and

unpleasantness crept
upon these chimed, monochromatic
lust confused for
as love, when a
solitary figure knows
himself less than those
who transfix upon
this pretension because of
a discontent and personal unwillingness
to love love,

even though lust lust
never occurred,
in its more stunted,
sickly form, as
hidden behind that
fine mesh made of
plastic and liquid.

--James Gapinski is a poet, freelance writer, and musician living in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including Flutter, Oak Bend Review, Gloom Cupboard, The Clemson Poetry Review, Burdock, and Qarrtsiluni. His 2009 novella, Right is Left, is available from Broken Bird Press, and his 2007 chapbook, Affectionately Dysfunctional, is available from Scars Publications. Gapinski holds a BSE in English from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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