Wednesday 15 June 2022

Three Poems by J. D. Nelson


the crystalline word


in the garden where I was born

I am in time to snort


the mirrored earth is the best planet in the polls

we can eat the earth with one brain in each hand


your own chain is a letter x

& now for the punishment


peep! peep!

how much is a world?


into a state with a grapeless grape

soaring with earth birds


milk ants


the griffin said


here is some breakfast

I hope you like fish!


(we didn’t

but we were so hungry)


I have my oatmeal at midnight

I have my softsoap on a rope


earth is a poetry planet

say yes with one eye closed


these blasted rats


the oceans vent into my home

I’m riding the blank aria


I’m the unified ghost-man

speaking to the whole earth


the clown robs us of our clouds

earth is all over the place


this new earth candy

this steamed orion


the snappy crackler pops a large onion

we walk thru the walls wearing slacks




J. D. Nelson (b. 1971) experiments with words in his subterranean laboratory. His poetry has appeared in many small press publications, worldwide, since 2002. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Cinderella City (The Red Ceilings Press, 2012). Visit for more information and links to his published work. Nelson lives in Colorado, USA.

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