John M. Bennett – 5 poems


The Luck

junk shirt ,dog clot ,mister crashing

down the steps like head a box of

matches filled with cloud and linty

scissors I spell the letter “corn”

uuuu and bite my tongue ,off .the

window screens my hair and that

boiling tree ,whistling sidewalk sp

lits the pocket fulla dirt and

buttons barking barking barking




dodder slab my :: lunch dreamer

:: plowed the grey :: beach a ::

soap mumble gropey :: sand lo::g

lo::ng dou:b:led like the ;; bloody

stones what names the ::osuno::

covered ( dome ) ah :: junk uh

shadows glancer :: where a T tr

ee :: boils next the ] door [ :: :: ::

lying down :: inject to re::member ( ( ::


Off Feed

noose ф project ,weighted gum I

ф swallowed ф gravel moon ф uh

glut o glans shiny ф window pain fu

eled with ф snore muscle ф fru it

luggage leaking where ф it in clos

et ф hung ] doubly [ ratlicked ,sh

orter nan yr too l Џ pocket ф ba

ng a ngng ф o’er thu ф bowl too

T ф where I sw eat my ф sp oon ф ф


Tool Dump

sooner lugnuts later clammed an

:nipped off the come an bread

)slog ahead( nutsy ,a squirrel ga

gged on cheese I slumped behi

nd the door and barked .peeing p

eeing .the phone rustling in the base

ment ,heaps of catturd ,tires and

,smouldered socks .the faucet shri

vels in the bun your arm hanging

,from the pipes



\\ border // lamer \\ use the th //

roat \\ sop half dimmed uh // dock

slosh \\ my runny leg // sodden

heel \\ shutter dog lock // nasal

test drink \\ pissed the gate // f

ire shadow ,meal \\ stunned // my

crust soaked my \\ churl logic // s

\\ agged // oh trousers \\ panting

// dust stim \\ ulatio // n \\ e dge //


John M. Bennett has published over 300 books and chapbooks of poetry and other materials. Among the most recent are rOlling COMBers (Potes & Poets Press), MAILER LEAVES HAM (Pantograph Press), LOOSE WATCH (Invisible Press), CHAC PROSTIBULARIO (with Ivan Arguelles; Pavement Saw Press), HISTORIETAS ALFABETICAS (Luna Bisonte Prods), PUBLIC CUBE (Luna Bisonte Prods), THE PEEL (Anabasis Press), GLUE (xPress(ed)), LAP GUN CUT (with F. A. Nettelbeck; Luna Bisonte Prods), INSTRUCTION BOOK (Luna Bisonte Prods), la M al (Blue Lion Books), CANTAR DEL HUFF (Luna Bisonte Prods), SOUND DIRT (with Jim Leftwich; Luna Bisonte Prods), BACKWORDS (Blue Lion Books), NOS (Redfox Press), D RAIN B LOOM (with Scott Helmes; xPress(ed)), CHANGDENTS (Offerta Speciale), L ENTES (Blue Lion Books), NOS (Redfoxpress), SPITTING DDREAMS (Blue Lion Books), ONDA (with Tom Cassidy; Luna Bisonte Prods), 30 DIALOGOS SONOROS (with Martín Gubbins; Luna Bisonte Prods), BANGING THE STONE (WITH Jim Leftwich; Luna Bisonte Prods), FASTER NIH (Luna Bisonte Prods); RREVES (Editions du Silence); NEOLIPIC (Argotist); LAS CABEZAS MAYAS/MAYA HEADS (Luna Bisonte Prods); BALAM MALAB (Logan Elm Press); LA VISTA GANCHA (Luna Bisonte Prods); THE SOCK SACK/UNFINISHED FICTIONS/MORE INSERTS (with Richard Kostelanetz; Luna Bisonte Prods); T ICK TICK TIC K (Chalked Editions); and THIS IS VISUAL POETRY (This is Visual Poetry). He has published, exhibited and performed his word art worldwide in thousands of publications and venues. He was editor and publisher of LOST AND FOUND TIMES (1975-2005), and is Curator of the Avant Writing Collection at The Ohio State University Libraries. Richard Kostelanetz has called him “the seminal American poet of my generation”. His work, publications, and papers are collected in several major institutions, including Washington University (St. Louis), SUNY Buffalo, The Ohio State University, The Museum of Modern Art, and other major libraries. His PhD (UCLA 1970) is in Latin American Literature.


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