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‘marbles to lake a lake’ and other poems

By: J. D. Nelson

marbles to lake a lake

the wheel of the barren world
the marching pow is the fangèd danger

the galactic name of the fork
the brain of the knuckles

the floral eyebrow
the scum radio

the name of he night
the cloak upwards

a new spider
a news spider

the ringing head of the minus dredge
a feather of the inside day


glass aspirin

the soft glow of the lowly
the heart is the paper of the next knife

I am the heart of the golden west

a friend of the heavens
the bright window of the surf

your glump was a cuz
and now a maple of that crack to bat a blink

the pillow brackish
now a sultan of the sluice

to shame a world of the worms
the cheese is the feather

the head and that little river band 8-track
the bright lemon of the hum is the head of the lake


in the world of the eagle muscle

I was sleeping in the duck house

when were you a lark of the pie?

the common merganser was the water of the cake

the finch can warp a modern name

the hawk told me about the level of praise in the city

a cardboard blue jay was talking

a chicken said cheep

the canary in the moon room is sounding for a supper of seed

the chickadee foil is the magnet to lift us

when the wren was wrong there was a winter 


J. D. Nelson (b. 1971) experiments with words in his subterranean laboratory. His poetry has appeared in many small press publications, worldwide, since 2002. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Cinderella City (The Red Ceilings Press, 2012). His first full-length collection, entitled In Ghostly Onehead, is slated for a 2021 release by mOnocle-Lash Anti-Press. Visit for more information and links to his published work. Nelson lives in Colorado.


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