C. Derick Varn Debuts

 Après nous, le déluge

The grammar of the occasion

always seems to be slipping some

syntax like losing your panties

in a car after the last call at the local

Irish pub. In the old languages, we

would have had a dative tense

for the regret your felt from the

hang-over, from the pangs that

lingers like the sting of a slap

from a leather glove. In our mouths

we hope for kisses, but mostly

find the bitter coffee and copper

taste of blood, bright from our

gums and busted lips.  The

honeycombed rot that some

relationships mold into, the 12

stations of the hungry mouths,

the hells of hungry ghosts, clawing

at your flesh and unable to sop

from their tiny mouths.  In ending

the sweet ruin, you will dance

to the light of screen under the

mocking yellow of street lamp,

half think of stripping so the stars

could see your quivering. The flood

crests, and you leave knowing for

love it doesn’t end, sometimes

the commas can’t hold it together,

and every letter of love starts to erode,

we must keep swimming, the shore fades.

C Derick Varn is an editor,  poet, podcaster, and teacher. He currently edits for Former People and reader for Zero Books.  He has a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry at Georgia College and State University where he served as assistant editor for Arts and Letters: A Journal of Contemporary Arts.  He has served as managing editor for the now-defunct Milkwood Review. He won the Frankeye Davis Mayes/Academy of American Poets Prize in 2003. His poetry reviews have appeared in Hong Kong Review of Books and poetry has appeared at Unlikely Stories Mark IV, Zombie Logic Review, Writing Disorder, JMWW,  Clutching at Straws, Xenith, and elsewhere.  He is the author of the collection Apocalyptics from Unlikely Books in 2018.  He currently lives in Utah, but has spent most of the last decade outside of the US.C.D

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