Controlling the outbreaks of fire / Joshua Martin

post-heroic scapegoat communicates transgression
reaffirming a scar shifting mutilated bodies
briefly complicating objects connected to epics
classical totality inscribes princes and suitors
as kleptomaniac guises distance the unblemished

epigrammatic mnemonics shift lyrics
ultimately suited to quote epistolary parallels
erotic corpus recreating genetic associations
becoming warrants of praise
cutting off household limbs in treatises
anonymous planned diet composed log dogs

optional rabbit hunting instilled under a bridge
behavior a wonder of squeamish consequence
mangled feet caught in nets primarily trained
older by sightless quarry grown horse barley eating
formulas discussed as in cold of winter bone broth

cultivated stamina good at nursing amino acids
panting recommends aristocratic post-whelping
born foreign baby food reaches wetnurse appearance
to physical archaeological joints swelling in attention
lameness in military paradox of temporary lectures
all aspects grown formal evacuations of modern capitals

wide circle of exhaustion collecting diplomatic stipends
presuming honorarium venue unspecified
thwarted tongue-in-cheek rosary bead atriums
exercise in full maudlin inscriptions to urban empires
roads swell to disassembled identification resonance

Joshua Martin is a Philadelphia based writer and filmmaker, who currently works in a library. He is the author of the books automatic message (Free Lines Press), combustible panoramic twists (Trainwreck Press), Pointillistic Venetian Blinds (Alien Buddha Press) and Vagabond fragments of a hole (Schism Neuronics). He has had numerous pieces published in various journals including Otoliths, M58, The Sparrow’s Trombone, Coven, Scud, RIC Journal, Ygdrasil, RASPUTIN, Ink Pantry, and Synchronized Chaos. You can find links to his published work at

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