Billy Cancel – 3 poems


a window full of face     each starry night long?
give her some ham     a digital clock     mississippi
county farm technical chore songs     redemption
that don’t disrupt work flow     both low hanging
fruit & subject to search     advised my friend
telstar who kept a house of thin men before
hospice where she sings cold mouth prayers
& tells me     red shark at the bottom of the bottle
this is how i won the big game     unleased still
flapping all about daytona beach     soon lapsed
into sad work upon street called tower went
bad in own shoes     aggregate of edge no casual
nexus catch word     open hander fed me crow
i drew the teeth from monday     bread & butter
cut frost line tightened     for the good citizens
of medical lake this will be their 3 o’clock
shadow stuffed you drink from incandescent cup
        pull summer up red wet hills all the way
                back to your citrus avocado pit


ways that are fragile ways that are bright
welded star patterns unfamiliar major key   

short time between drinks tour of the vision     
encoding translating from moss hanging branch  
never had a winter house      have a summer now 
theoretical battlegrounds only     between a rock
& a soft
    saturday night shows tuesday    wearing

silver face paint     am praying before the sea     was
once saved from death by a wild boar on a hunt by
the appearance of a child


a 3rd team of white oxen & angels plough alongside us
beneath sucker state’s mad canopy no intentional slapstick as

yet thank fuck. tectonic-summer you were there powerless
structure you were recall in the precinct how “we’re only
transmitting shopper’s aggregate data” meant reassurance?
too sweet for minimalism too hard for pop even in slumberland
this fragility triggers aggression which is why i’m on the pile
driver right now installing a cushion wedge. songs of grace
proceeded to make overcautious formal choices i.e. “military
lamb dead wheel & i sat in winter clay works heard dumb
shapes screeching agreed there was a sourness here.”
appropriately an ancient free standing celtic cross marks
the site this is a good year fruitful in woods & field but
sorrowful with pestilence the usual spring of water appears
at least can’t beat it. at deep seam academy got outfoxed    
sizzled in     our own pattern     storm     a lesson in perspective    
dropped the ball in a building riddled with listening devices. if
yellow black horizontal blocks fill-freeze the upper tier i’ll burn
driftwood down along the creek until the sun is lost behind the
trees & polka dots diagonal silver lines web the clean middle.


Billy Cancel‘s work has recently appeared in Shampoo, Glitterpony & Cricket Online Review. He co-runs Hidden House Press. A collection The Autobiography Of Shrewd Phil was published by Blue & Yellow Dog Press last year. Sound poems, visual shorts, & other aberrations can be found at


About gobbet

gobbet is a literary magazine dedicated to publishing the very best experimental poetry and prose. Intellectual perversity and explorations of dark themes are positively encouraged. We are only interested in work that is progressively experimental. We want to see risks, and we want to see them pay. No previously published work. Prose should not be longer than 1000 words. There are always exceptions. Send 3-5 poems. Include a short bio. Send submissions to Work will be published every 5-10 days. We also intend to publish anthologies of selected work published in gobbet. We will do our best to reply promptly. Most submissions will receive a decision within a month.
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