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still have two privately self-published chapbooks {BASILISK; the accepted field} available in hard copy and free to anyone making said request to bartonsmock@yahoo.com


most recent full-length collections: 143 more words


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my most recent self-published work [name-calling] is here: 43 more words


poems from my most recent self-published collection {name calling}:


scissor his hair
with fingers
from the hand
of your longer

picture him… 256 more words

entries for tone

it learned to read by being called every name in the book and it wrote eulogies for the children of getaway drivers and it knew nail as the light bulb of a dream journal and it did not know which palm print went with which birthmark on its mother’s vision board and it had its hair pulled out in a cornfield by a boy / god was too / young to have



A gunshot


Another gunshot


To the head


To the heart


Waste of space



Words thrown

Just like the gunshots fired

Defining Myself Without Fear

Photo by Amy Paulson Photography

I’ve never been one for confrontation. My need for inner and communal harmony is pretty high, so you can imagine that with the current dividedness of our country, and the ongoing pain of learning about my native ancestors’ struggle over what we call… 769 more words


blood comes to me from a country of dry-humped trees. brother

as a ghost
with a snakeskin
kite. eye

after killing
the camera.