Clean Bugs, Dirty Carpet

by Brett Stout

The trending of negative scars,

the warzone isn’t out there
it’s in here,

the militant swans
of the
underground resistance movement
renting ghetto apartments
with bad credit and
worse souls
in an unknown
Terminus City
funerals for future fuehrers
and class clowns
wiretap my docile body
and defile the
mannequin after midnight
feed me old bread and
rusted hypodermic formulas
and vintage
cataract addictions
with
birthday cards addressed,

to:

no one
Che Guevara
vintage apathy
books never read
PTSD laden nightmares
broken teeth
and
ongoing wars,

the trending of negative scars,

the warzone isn’t out there
it’s in here.

 

Artist: Tiffany Arp-Daleo

Brett Stout is a 40-year-old writer and artist originally from Atlanta, GA. He is a high school dropout and former construction worker turned college graduate and paramedic. He writes now while mainly hung-over on white lined paper in a small cramped apartment in Myrtle Beach, SC. He has published several novels of prose and poetry including Lab Rat Manifesto, and has been featured in a vast range of various media including Brown University and the University of California.

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