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2 Poems || Chris Shipman


Mother I’m sorry

 

your backbone slid

 

down the doublewide

kitchen wall

 

and surfaced from the sea of

your sigh

 

he came on purpose

to box my imagination

 

of what I should be

 

you

should be carved

 

a lithograph of incubation

buttressing the hatch

 

if lithograph was

another word for a sore

version of self

 

myself the residue

an exit

into the world which maps

 

without knowing what

direction to flower

 

according to the apple core

you created

 

a Disney world dose

of make-believe blankets

the want of a family

 

to be to be to be

 

ravenous as 1000 mothers

who find me smoking

 

pot on the church steps

and everything else

not a kid at all

 

not ten fingers ten toes

but a manger

 

stranger

 

than any baby can king

 

 
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Advice to My Brother About How to Forgive Our Father

 

Dear brother the trees

in our father’s lungs are hung

with white sheets

 

rip them down one by one

 

by fist or tooth or sighing child

by pictures by eyeholes

by murderer’s mug shots

 

if you stop to question the moon

it’s already too late

 

to be a sun in that black

absence be a sum of fears of

being a son of his breath and

 

close the gate behind you

 

you strange lumberjack

you digger of drunken night

you forgetful fuck you go

 

into the monster’s frightening

daylight like I have done
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Shipman is author of Cat Poems: 17 Wompus Tales and a Play of Despair (forthcoming from Kattywompus Press), Romeo’s Ugly Nose (allography Press), Human-Carrying Flight Technology (Blaze VOX), the chapbook I Carved Your Name (Imaginary Friend Press), and co-author of the chapbook Super Poems (Kattywompus Press). Latest poems appear in journals such as H_NG_MAN, The Offending Adam, PANK, So and So, Spork and TENDE RLOIN.