Morris Stegosaurus… Xenotaph’s Letter To Epistolary


Xenotaph’s Letter To Epistolary

Stop trying to sever “pomp”

from “psychopomp”, Little Legba–

Cut your tongue loose

and flood your mouth with nightengales

make peace with your angles:

It’s not about what silverback skriker you dangle from,

nor the sweet, chubby sexpot who swallows your ransom

It’s all over your face, Young Scratch:
this whole astringent boondogle,
the great blooming disasterpiece
you’re so proud to be wrapped up in,

tighter than Ko.

every scrambling desperate nonchalance
hollers “I need, I want, I need, I need, I want”,
rippling with savage indulgence
until shame rips your choler:
the more you throw it away

the tighter it clings

each glib indifference
only more baldly betrays

your naked, lonely desperation

if words are the best bridge you have
you’ll never make the cross–
don’t make it about words.


Morris Stegosaurs is the author of the collection “Zebra Feathers“, on Minor Arcana Press.

Copyright © 2014 by Morris Stegosaurs





Wake… by Greg Brisendine



In the room, gray hairs dominate by a factor of 10.

There is cheese dip with carrots, no crackers.

Flash flood laughter bursts across the conversation hum.

There are somber bottles of lite beer.

Carpet and hardwoods are studied blindly during shared silences.

There are photos in matching frames peppering a gray wall.

He would have liked this room better than
the one filled with flowers

we say.

We see him in each other’s eyes.

We see ourselves in the eyes looking back from framed photos.

We wonder where we keep the photographic evidence of our lives.

I wonder who I should tell about the box of photos
in the back of the closet
that will tell friends who I was.


Greg Brisendine (a.k.a. Greg Bee) is a poet, amateur actor, advice columnist, budding playwright, and chili chef from Seattle, Washington. His work has been online, in print and on microphones across North America. Greg continues to discover himself in his writing as well as other people’s writing.

Copyright © 2013 by Greg Brisendine