Another Temple Awaits

photos of old Chinatown
confirm pickpocket of Coptic Pope

the first Algonquin saint
tries to stop tagger by
praying in archaic Spanish

rock star double mastectomy
seen as insurance against
those who enforce beak trim

the porn shoot inspection
revealed no condoms on thumbs
genitalia stripped of gang colors

rare infighting at swing dance club
escalates into intertribal Hmong scuffle

mystery money used as vote
for mandatory hijack
of futility initiative

another temple awaits




Habitat of Convenience

women paint crews
spray the culinary school walls
opt to send message
via food
not news

gang of rogue decorators
implicated in
conspiracy of side dishes
maintains lights on senior housing

audit of internet
finds more browsers
than subscribers
trespassers accept blurriness

directory of muralists
lists critical members
influenced by wind gusts

critic photos of kitchen sinks
retouched to show
wealthy families want
habitats of convenience




American Scones

American scones instruct
budget bills on
how to be glazed behemoths

retired consumers
migrate west
take out loans
at Home Depot

vampire factions compete
to plow under grasses
campuses damaged
when sky falls
interrupting fee structures

mud caked on
Easy Street
after reservoir spill

Dust Bowl memories swirl
in quicksand of distraction

weekend box office winner
elected to another new term




Cultural Center

Gordian knot of water, food,
and energy triggers network
of donated breast milk

lift chairs and scooters appear
at mid-morning service
for renewable energy

architect plans landfill
as cultural center
features new wind plumbing

phase one: concrete pads
cultured in Cuisinart
made kid-resistant by Mattel

excavation claw finds
toy diamond
at moral center of cathedral





[Tim Kahl [http://www.timkahl.com] is the author of Possessing Yourself (CW Books, 2009) and The Century of Travel (CW Books, 2012). His work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Notre Dame Review, The Journal, Parthenon West Review, and many other journals in the U.S. He appears as Victor Schnickelfritz at the poetry and poetics blogThe Great American Pinup and the poetry video blog Linebreak Studios. He is also editor of Bald Trickster Press and Clade Song. He is the vice president and events coordinator of The Sacramento Poetry Center. He also has public installations in Nevada City {http://unmannedminerals.com/2013/08/22/it-calls-from-the-creek/} and in Sacramento {In Scarcity We Bare The Teeth} [http://www.flickr.com/photos/rickele/11129585563/] [http://www.sacmetroarts.org/documents/FullPoems.pdf]. He currently houses his father's literary estate—one volume: Robert Gerstmann's book of photos of Chile (1932).]

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