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“Litigious Street” by Richard O’Brien & Richard F. Yates

Sunny day, filing the torts away, on my way to where the lawyers meet, can you tell me how to get, how to get to Litigious Street? – Drawing a big, yellow birdy, Jim Henson’s intellectual prop-er-ty. The Count will … Continue reading

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“5-3-8-15-5-19 (Esoteric Blood Vessels)” by Richard F. Yates

Be sure to drink your… “Thought Form 0001” When I was a little kid (5 or 6 years old—not sure what that would be in metric years) I wrote the word “blud” (I didn’t know how to spell “blood”) inside … Continue reading

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“Oliver” by Richard O’Brien & Richard F. Yates

With pimento eyes and onion teeth, Oliver is only followed by a funeral wreath. He is a salty fella, the fruit of the doom, and he can infiltrate even the elitist of rooms. He is mean and vindictive and full … Continue reading

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“Final Cord” by Scott Sparks

Threaded, wired, tethered All but lifeless until severed Seemingly loosened with coaxing Snapping taut in one quick motion Both feet fixed along with each wrist A collar for my throat, choked if I resist Best to stay silent or agree … Continue reading

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“Keyless Entry” by Scott Sparks

Life is like a box of chocolates Except when the box is locked and your key doesn’t fit Another lock to pick when it was supposed to be a gift My fingers fumble for what doesn’t crumble While I’m amid … Continue reading

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“Aftertaste” by Scott Sparks

My heart labors for what cannot be savored In the brig in which I sit, I’ve flossed and spit out many flavors Concrete is hard and motionless Much like the obstacles waging war within my chest Signals on my sonar … Continue reading

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“Demonic Forceps at Work” by Richard F. Yates*

Aaack ooop hack hick ackkk Cat is trying to steal watermelon off the coffee table Cat is a fuzzy thief! Protect us from The fur within Wah weee whoaoaoaoa… I’ve often purchased an inferior version But brand names are essential … Continue reading

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