Direct Line

Three poems
by Ryan Quinn Flanagan
 
Zip Code
 
Our visions disgust the sky
volleys of rain vomit down over matted
hair, the letters of neon signs going out
like an unwanted alphabet
garbage cans full of abortions and
candy wrappers
needles sticking out of arms
like failed space launches
blown veins and blown Johns
speeding away from the curb
and putting their wedding bands
back on
the food inspector with a mouthful
of afterbirth
calling the waitress over for
more coffee.
 
Distance Runners Miss the Point
 
It is best
to say a lot
with very
little.
 
Most say little
with very little,
or even worse,
with a lot.
 
The more words
you need,
the more you have
failed.
 
Everything
simple and poignant
and direct.
 
Sales Pitch
 
Outside the Fresh Co. in Espanola
I had this Indian chick
grab the ass of her jean shorts
bend over
and tell me all that could be mine
for ten dollars.
 
She knew this place just a few streets over,
away from prying eyes.
 
It was quite the sales pitch.
Wiping snot from her nose with
the back of her hand.
 
I pointed to my buggy full of groceries
as though I had just spent
my money.
 
Her eyes darting onto the next.
Easy as that.
 
—————–
Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his other half and mounds of snow. His work can be found both in print and online in such places as: Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, WISH, Word Riot, In Between Hangovers, Red Fez, Creative Talents Unleashed, and Your One Phone Call. More about Ryan’s work can be found here at his website.
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Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17Numa.wordpress.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and books can be found. He is a Best of the Net and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Scott's poetry books include: Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015), Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2015), and Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016). Scott is a member of The Southern Collective Experience; he also serves as an editor for Walking Is Still Honest Press, The Blue Mountain Review, The Peregrine Muse, and Novelmasters.

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