“Inverse Blankets,” “Bloat Textures,” and “Grope Commerce”

In Issue 66 by J. Parker Marvin

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Inverse Blankets

compensation blankets

barrier the solitude

cold air :: we are aware

that skin is unsuitable ::

we are a perfection :: the mass

of an ego returns

#DIV/0! :: and we understand

we are not portioned ::

we stop without

an inverse because :: the temperature

flesh of particles brush against

our faces :: there

is a meaning to the gradients

of numbness :: there

is a reason we force

a smile into

the darkness :: there

is a proof that expresses

elasticity in dead things

Bloat Textures

logarithms dampen

the charting of failure

better than

forgetting :: images

and imaginary are

acquainted with fragile

scribes :: textures

without paper

keep overlapping :: there

are still places

to hide where only noise gets through ::

the labels of a figure

referenced

on a close page are still

displaced from context ::

we know what to do

with that :: a body losing

itself in bloat and again

out of it can still be linear without

picking

sides :: maybe it’s just

easier to break

things

Grope Commerce

maximal wavelengths grope

into dark spaces :: barriers

acquainted with leaky persistent

otherness remain ambient ::

pitch events ego the gaps

within noise :: the binaries

of consciousness that resist ::

the casual

gradients of moment :: the abrupt

cleaving of :: movement

can seem involuntary

until we remember it

is more likely redundant ::

even if we don’t remember

it :: the machinations of

commerce the transports of

worth :: we are reminded

daily that we are

intrusions :: the silence

is stark and temporary :: we

detest the sounds most

similar to us

About the Author

J. Parker Marvin

J. Parker Marvin is currently a data analyst working in the semiconductor industry and lives in Saitama, Japan. Parker’s poems have been published most recently in Mantis Poetry, Levitate, and Second Factory. Parker’s collection Postlude to the End of is forthcoming in the Fall of 2024 from April Gloaming.

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