Aaron Anstett – 1 poem


That Feeling of Impending Doom? Impending Doom.

Urgent, lurching, cyclone-chartreuse
cloud of  household cleaner mismatch?

Whiff of catastrophe from beaker and flask?

Plummeting to enlarging ground that looms and looms?

The uh-oh of wanting and oh-no of having?

Descending grand piano’s widening shadow?

So-and-so in throes of lousy mood?

Swaying in liquor store doorway, repeatedly
triggering electronic eye, repeatedly
ringing two-tone chime, owner repeatedly
wheezing, “No more”?

Startling at dawn, feeling I’ll die of who I am?

Silhouette in midnight farmhouse window?  
Lantern light flickering as victim’s here signal?

Bedside table, trial transcript bound in convicted’s skin?  
Killer rising fully clothed from river, grinning?

Graveyard lit by lightning?
Clown mask in glove box?

Carnival din—calliope, screaming—from somewhere ill-lit?
Abandoned asylum we’re lured to?

Apex of arc
when object swerves
from rise to fall,
in that instant
neither at all?



Aaron Anstett’s recent work appears or is forthcoming in FenceTrnsfr, and Upstairs at Duroc, among others, and his collections are SustenanceNo Accident, and Each Place the Body’s.




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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 gobbetmag@hotmail.co.uk 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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