“Grass & Sky No. 5” © Bonnie Matthews Brock


A Thursday Poem

I bow before your volcanic sexuality,
he said.

She said, The humid days of summer
are leopard slugs devouring my ennui.
But your hips, well, I recognize them
clicking like dice against subway tiles
populated by the homeless.

So, you’re a politician? he ventured,
backpedaling as he spoke.

The machete blade
of her Fender Stratocaster slices
spring sugar cane at the ankles.

Suddenly, she shifts her sultry waist
on a Tiffany lamplit velvet divan
and stares directly at me.

(Somehow, she escaped a Charles
Baudelaire prose poem and entered this
insidious poem when I wasn’t looking!).

Ah, how stupid is this?

I wasn’t supposed to be in this silly
poem in the first place!


Alan Britt is the author of 19 books of poetry, his latest being Gunpowder for Single-ball Poems, and served as Art Agent for the late great Ultra Violet while often reading poetry at her Chelsea, New York studio. Besides nature, his themes encompass the bizarre, the paradoxical, and the metaphysical. He also writes numerous dog and cat poems, as he feels these animals have much to teach us, connecting the human to the natural world. Besides poetry, he has published essays, flash fiction, and interviews. Britt teaches English and Creative Writing at Towson University.

Bonnie Matthews Brock is a Florida-based photographer, as well as a school psychologist. Her images have been published in Ibbetson Street, The Somerville Times, Oddball Magazine, Beyond Words Literary Magazine, and Wild Roof Journal. Her work is archived at Harvard University, the University of Buffalo, and Poets House in NYC. Bonnie loves to capture, in images, a very wide range of subjects, and to learn and experiment with shooting and editing techniques.