They dig themselves out of the loam.
They kneel fast to the tether stone.
Cult cinema of leg braces and implants flushed
down the toilet again. Keep one (a)breast
and then switch hit her middle
name to Shape Shift. They are discolored
camera obscura cameo appearances. Ripped off,
off-beat drama breasts bleed into mess
maker mess maker make me a mess.
~Juliet Cook and Robert Cole~
Chlorofluorocarbon Propelled Into Choc-0-Jel
Her marriage was a blood bath and chemical burns.
Cheese grinders and muffin pans stuffed down
the drain, so what? Her fingers aren’t food dispensers
(but if they were, they’d be misshapen frosting nozzles
out of control). Maybe she’s not even human
anymore. She’s more like a bird with one wing
ripped off and malformed into feathered ice pops.
She’s either melting into non-existence or getting sucked
until it’s another red vomit trail. Bound to turn solvent or stale.
Raised Spine/Razed Spine/Conveyor Belt
She was pulled out of the dripping basin, in which she had puddled.
She knew she needed to plant her drips into pods,
then birth them out of her bodies flower pot.
Her multicolored mouth spurted – she could tell
the truth. As she spit it out, they wanted to fill her to the rim
with nail polish remover. Hold her down and pour concrete all over her stems.
Replace her multi with dis. Over and over, throw her down.
Turn her rare sequins into nothing but hardened blood, bubble-
wrapped and sent to the mask factory.
Robert Cole is fiction editor for Similar Peaks and his writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Skidrow Penthouse, Menacing Hedge, THIS Literary Magazine, Thirteen Myna Birds, Sein und Werden and elsewhere. His collaborative chapbook with Juliet Cook will be published next year by Hyacinth Girl Press. He currently lives and works in Oklahoma City.
Juliet Cook’s poetry has appeared within Arsenic Lobster, Barn Owl Review, Menacing Hedge, PEEP/SHOW, Ping Pong and many more print and online sources. She is the editor/publisher of Blood Pudding Press (print) and Thirteen Myna Birds (online). Juliet’s first full-length poetry book, Horrific Confection was published by BlazeVOX. She also has oodles of published poetry chapbooks, most recently including FONDANT PIG ANGST (Slash Pine Press), Tongue Like a Stinger (Wheelhouse), POST-STROKE (Blood Pudding Press for Dusie Kollektiv 5), Thirteen Designer Vaginas (Hyacinth Girl Press), and POISONOUS BEAUTYSKULL LOLLIPOP (Grey Book Press). A new collaborative poetry collection between Juliet Cook and Robert Cole, MUTANT NEURON CODEX SWARM, is forthcoming from Hyacinth Girl Press in 2014. You may find out more at JulietCook.weebly.com.