after John Ashbery
painted-steel WalMart shelves, laundry detergent and ammunition
is stockpiled in capitalist seclusion across from the liquor aisle. We
all know breakfast cereal doesn’t come with an assault rifle inside—
the last named, like the late maimed, is special order and the store
won’t allow cross-fire with potential victims for sake of breakage—
but there are first-aid kits and duct tape to deal with the situation,
even if those items are several aisles distant in respective locations.
Even without store help, there’s an excellent field of vision
for a wet sheen not unlike nail polish, sharp crayons for self-defense,
boxed in assorted shades of mayhem, and a rampant ideology
that everything green is good, insanity nowhere near mental illness
in loud reports of truth, justice and Superman’s dead, get Batman.
Jonathan Yungkans is a Los Angeles-based writer and photographer with an MFA from California State University, Long Beach. His work has appeared in Oyster River Pages, Quiddity, West Texas Literary Review and other publications. His poetry chapbook, Colors the Thorns Draw, was released by Desert Willow Press in August 2001

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