shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Kurt Cline is Associate Professor of English and World Comparative Literature, National Taipei University of Technology. Poems and stories have appeared, most recently, in BlazeVOX, Wilderness House Literary Review, Apocrypha and Abstractions, Black Scat, and Clockwise Cat. Scholarly articles have appeared in Anthropology of Consciousness; Concentric, Beatdom Literary Journal; and Comparative Civilizations and Cultures: Journal of the Jean Gebser Society.

Kurt Cline

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Inside the gold mind
a time bomb
a nerve to gnaw
vertigo—verdigris—thinking of
a long way home

my heart
splintered apart
like cheap china

for one terrifying moment
the key lurched in the lock

the vine the tendril the telephone line

the S.O.S. soapbubble of a typhoon brewing

still a little funny but getting tiresome

the Illuminati having killed 70,000 in L.A.

I clung to sleep: a few
happier dreams came later.