Internet Poetry by Christopher Rife

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This February

I was in such a rush
I grabbed black socks
instead of my mittens.
Fitting. I’ve been feeling
wrong side up all season.
Scattered like salt across
my strap-on heart
keeping cracks
in my memory
from freezing over.
Swell.    Swell I thought
ass over elbows flipping
Through with hands half-built
Arguing with myself
picturing ice
crystals in my blood stream
setting myself
on fire to keep warm.
No promise provides
traction enough to keep
me from slipping up.
Flying through the air
bones careening
tendons careening
molecules careening
firing stylized onto
my surreal-to-reel
cutting the wings off
every snow angel.
Wondering when
inertia will stop
kicking back.
Hold fast through
the spinning
even if it throws
you you never
know where you’ll land
That is reason enough to
keep your fingers warm

Presto

There was a mutual feeling

Magic slipped and fell

They thought it would be better to watch it

Tumble than fight gravity’s purple

Grip, as it decided to lash out against them

The pull, the lash, the tense, the spark

All before the sound resonates

All before the sound resigns

Pulling out of what it created

A feeling was mutual, there

An agreement, bond, between what was nature

And the fantastic, oil and sand

Staying together, but, densities apart

A ghost will never dismantle itself

Only letting others do it for him

The grip, the spark, the tense, the pull

Only does it last for so long

Before the lash, the twitch

Echoes everything again

What’s that behind your ear?

What’s in this empty hat?

All I see is falling sand

and an act disappeared

Leaving blackness behind, and a feeling

Felt mutually that the mystery was revealed

***

A collaboration between Lucas McEuen (ToySkeleton) and myself.

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I am in print! I am honored and humbled to be in the newest issue of Denver Quarterly (and next to Pierre Reverdy no less!).

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I am in print! I am honored and humbled to be in the newest issue of Denver Quarterly (and next to Pierre Reverdy no less!).

It’s easy for Joe to lose

It’s easy for Joe to lose
focus and see double or
triple what others do. Plain

sight is beige, why would you
do that to yourself when instead
you could roam free and blur

the lines of where
wolf begins and ends when
the world could be your pack.

Joe drips against his mirror

Joe drips against his mirror,
steams up whenever someone
mentions this is the best shape

he will ever be in.
Feelings have fuses too
and a wick that lights easy.

His reflection steps off
the wall holding a box of
matches and a striking smile.

What we have and who we are

What we have and who we are
stand divided, a hide infested
by tiny black bite-marks felt

only after it was too late
and someone saved Joe after all.
He felt perforated by history.

A moon who waxes poetic
wanes into obscurity. Joe carries
his load, oh the cargo hold is full.

With consideration, Joe steps

With consideration, Joe steps
on Brian, on Becky and Tyler
forever on forever on each

crack in the pavement
of his life. Joe felt he
needed to post orange

hazard cones around his
perimeter. No messages will
etch themselves into me, no sir.

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A big thank you goes out to everyone who attended our reading and release party last night! Special thanks go to Vanessa Borjon, Codi Suzanne Oliver, and Bridget G Dooley for sharing their work with all of us! Hopefully we’ll see everyone again at our next release party!

onehundreddollars:

This is the best blurb any literary magazine could ask for.

A big thank you goes out to everyone who attended our reading and release party last night! Special thanks go to Vanessa Borjon, Codi Suzanne Oliver, and Bridget G Dooley for sharing their work with all of us! Hopefully we’ll see everyone again at our next release party!

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A Literation, Volume 2A collective of original prose and poetry from writers who post on Tumblr.
I hope you all enjoy.  The writing in here is interesting and thought provoking.  Please reach out directly to each of our contributors for more information regarding their writing.


Hey everyone, I have a poem in Volume 2 of A Literation! It’s at the very end of the issue, so check it out.

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A Literation, Volume 2
A collective of original prose and poetry from writers who post on Tumblr.

I hope you all enjoy.  The writing in here is interesting and thought provoking.  Please reach out directly to each of our contributors for more information regarding their writing.

Hey everyone, I have a poem in Volume 2 of A Literation! It’s at the very end of the issue, so check it out.

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