Ellen McGrath Smith: Deconfliction Dance Party

How to join in the true dance.

Vox Populi

What’s your mood and modus operandi?

We’ve got many rooms, one for every need

and every provisional alliance,

each contingency. Sound-proofed

so your experience will not be compromised.

Here’s a list of drugs to take to enhance

your perception of what is happening.

Happy hardcore in endless loop cries havoc

and lets slip the dogs of war. Trance

fills & empties the lungs with recipes for self-care.

Dubstep says just aggregate your organs

into certainly the sun and, under palms,

a one-love spliff. There’s a barn

on the periphery for line dancing

and beer, the routine quest for a new

Dodge Ram and a happy marriage

with a decent plot of land. On a far hill

that fool who’s completely unplugged

is rinsing barley and singing lullabies

to the kit she rescued after the hurricane.

She is ageless, a deejay of the

incidental sounds of nature;

her third eye’s the…

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Integral

Art by Paolo Ceric

All were in their proper place–
The hedonists on the slippery slope
The proud upon hearths of their own function
The saints in the silent center of the sequence–
When the world ended, its perfect pied way Read More

Through These Words

Max Meunier

you will see
my pain

the endless hours spent

the triumph
of this misery

in a momentary squander

you may wander
through the pages torn

and wonder
how i speak your truth

the one
stayed by a stinging tongue

layered ‘neath a stolen sun
abeyant

at times
we will laugh together

rain may fall
on distant ground

and the secret
guarded smile
will have vanished
left untold

on the cusp
of thought symphonic
on the path
of parting stream

though we understand
the story

who we are
remains unseen

mystery becomes our warden
through these words
of sought reprieve

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