Thursday, July 14, 2016

Three Poems by Jeffrey Park

Deflationary Theory

Are the stars out tonight?
Oh, you know they are,
out and just a little bit angry
and headed your way
like white-hot raisins in
a fast collapsing cake.

As usual, your eyes are soft
and misty with romance,
but the unceremonious arrival
of a few trillion tons of
superheated plasma
should take care of that.

Long Drinks

A wavy line,
the shortest path between
two drinks.

Three parts arsenic,
one syrup of ipecac,
shake well and salt the rim,

try not to notice that
the olives
are watching you.

Why do they call it
a cocktail?  she asks,
oblivious to the little signs

that should be telling her
it's getting ready
to rip out her throat.


dancing on ivory
little French worms--


Cut myself shaving
must be the third time
this morning.

Jeffrey Park lives in Goettingen, Germany and is lecturer for Scientific English at the Georg-August-Universitaet.  Links to all of his published work can be found at

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