Two Poems by Jeff Hipsher

There Is Nothing Either Of Us Can Do To Prevent This From Taking Place In A Valley

In the guts of the coolest

office building
The mirror at the bottom of every
water fountain
drains its slow powerless river
into the basin of
my step son’s mouth

………………………………………………………………………………………………………

A Space Opera

I have read
the notes
that were left
on the coffee table

I don’t know why

“Norberto,
your children wish you would come in from the garage
They think the refrigerator is singing to them
and have fallen asleep
in the kitchen
dreaming of grocery lists
and those cartons of cheap cigarettes
you get from
the indian reservation”

and which
you were clearly saving
for the X – Prize

“There is too much taking place in this valley” yelps a topographer, hands on a globe, explaining what he felt, under his fingers, the midwest spreading slowly, like a rumor, indeterminable within it’s dialects.

says your note

“the telephone wires
of a utility pole
are flossing bits of
bird and squirrel
from the sky’s
smoggy gums”

You are trying to leave
out the fire escape

Standing there, you see
hard water deposits on
the side of our house

the chalky outlines of the
dead parts
of our summer

“Batteries breach the water of the Indian Ocean”

“They spray out the life span
of all our remote controls”

You can see the mailbox has
vomited
all over our porch

none of these notes are for you
anymore

“Benjamin Franklin believed the entire solar system to be inhabited
by even whiter men”

I’ve read them all

“Quasars flamboyantly devouring light and smoke deep in the imaginations of cosmologists”

I’m sorry
they were just so traitorous
so apt
and so cold

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jeff Hipsher Jeff Hipsher

Jeff Hipsher is the founding editor of Catch Up ( www.catch-up.us ), a journal of comics and literature. His work has previously appeared in or is forthcoming from Forklift : Ohio, iO Poetry, Caketrain, Leveler, elimae, Interrupture and others. He is currently pursuing his MFA at Florida State University.

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