John M. Bennett

Bust of Tlaloc

dim neck yr squalid g
asoline ,if air were oil ,a
crust the road yr leg f
lops on ,or rabbit swim
ming in a ditch ,where laun
dry wavers in fallen
wwind or brreath’s g rime
,when clocks re verse ,st
inking in a tree your head
‘s st ormed ,aimed be
hind a bb urning hat a slo
gan’s corn bustion loss ,drip
ping down your shirt
or buttoned skin

ne ck
c lock g rime
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el vacío

al norte el este al
oeste el sur y al
lúmen el número del
fuego en la pared ondul
ante ,es el papelito
en que duermes es el
sol bisbiseante en el
jardín “)tentóme la bellota
o la piedra de verdor”(
en la boca un negro gui
jarro ,en la mano uno blanco
y el ascua de mi hoja
una uña recordaba
)“tus verduras masticadas
un sueño abarrancado
,y las migas echadas son”(

“Mira esa piedra cómo ya no se para…”
– Mariano Azuela



viento mutitudinario

of itching is the gravel
shivered down the alley is your
spine turning in its grave a
bomb spititttts yr chest
corrosion science and a book
gargled out the slack of
dawn your hair asleep
beneath the bed was
itching was a soup of
dust and shattered glass
was the air ausente de
tu piel tu piel transpar
ente sin cerebro mas que
piensa y repiensa que no
recuerda más nombre que
itching picazón was sh
rieking l ight was not hing
recumbered was your
laundry tumbled through a muddy field

o mutitud k abla ñoñerías



damp blankets

sieze the form your pillow
growls its nape or notes
replenished in a sticky robe
your outer bark the tongue
repels ,what folds it back a
churning laundered air a
list of chambers revolved in
doors a flood’s approach
:its stumble wind ,or plas
tik fork broken in yr
final pages shaped what
nothing swirls yr sand
its outer nose deployed
and runny like your sleep








John M. Bennett has published over 400 books and chapbooks of poetry and other materials. He has published, exhibited and performed his word art worldwide in thousands of publications and venues. He was editor and publisher of LOST AND FOUND TIMES (1975-2005), and is Founding Curator of the Avant Writing Collection at The Ohio State University Libraries. Richard Kostelanetz has called him “the seminal American poet of my generation”. His work, publications, and papers are collected in several major institutions, including Washington University (St. Louis), SUNY Buffalo, The Ohio State University, The Museum of Modern Art, and other major libraries. His PhD (UCLA 1970) is in Latin American Literature. His latest books are Select Poems, Poetry Hotel Press/Luna Bisonte Prods, 2016; The World of Burning, Luna Bisonte Prods, 2017; Poemas visuales, con movimientos con ruidos con combinaciones (with Osvaldo Cibils), Deep White Sound, 2017; The Sweating Lake, Luna Bisonte Prods, 2017; and Olas Cursis, Luna Bisonte Prods, 2018.