Parker Tettleton – 3 poems



The first sentence is drinking on a cat-sick sofa in a fourth floor apartment—the sky’s retired, Niko’s at The Lovecraft—mother’s been called & father called back. To the right is Calaroga—that’s life. I remember how I felt after & look up a piece of grammar. Broadway isn’t as narrow as Halsey. I believe in no one that doesn’t believe we’re all somebody else.




This is the last time I care if you’re serious—we can’t even via text. The second sentence is quitting elevators, dreams dressed as sing-alongs, memories so perfect they predicted global warming from a pyramid—I will die as myself. Life is an opportunity up until then.



The Motherfucker

The motherfucker makes an elephant with his breath on a chosen window. The motherfucker unzips his thoughts. The motherfucker pours locked doors. The motherfucker’s mother is a locked door. The motherfucker’s father is a recliner. The motherfucker continues pouring doors & locks. The motherfucker thinks about his hair. The motherfucker can’t define any word completely. The motherfucker can’t define himself. The motherfucker almost never wants to sweat anymore. The motherfucker is drinking a beer in the dark that’s sweating. The motherfucker believes in god if god is a nooner.



Parker Tettleton is a Leo, a vegan, a resident of Portland, Oregon. He is also the author of the collections GREENS (Thunderclap Press 2012) & NEXT ADDRESS (Housefire Books, forthcoming 2015). More or less is here.


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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 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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