Poems by Jason Mashak
LET'S TEAR INTO EACH OTHER
Let's tear into each other
devouring each other's hearts
like raped artichokes.
Let's leave our wrappers on the floor,
sticky in the low shag, undone
As our newfound lockjaws
Fingernails – & we'll have ourselves bitten.
Maybe tied to a paddle
with string and knocked around.
A GLANCING BLOW
Her glance was horizontal, not sideways.
I knew that subtle difference,
the kind of detail that could ruin
TAKE OFF YER BIBLE BELT – SLOWLY
That rusted Bible
bound in belts, their Texas
buckles belittling Hindu cows.
Ma's bra held more religion
POEM FOR HANDIMAN DAN
He was thinking of the Coors twins
dual overhead cans
when the drill blew a seal
and the clutch
went out in the shower
It was during one of those heated arguments
when she said with scorn "Maybe
we should just fuck and you'd be ok."
"I would," he replied
"but I'm not attracted to monsters."
Copyright © 2008 Jason Mashak
Jason Mashak (b. 1973) is a Michigan native who lived as well in the American South and Pacific Northwest before following his roots to the former Czechoslovakia. His essays and poetry have appeared in Oregon English Journal, Open Wide Magazine (UK), Haggard And Halloo, GetUnderground.com, Poetica (forthcoming) and other journals and anthologies. In December 2007 he had his first child, a Slovak-American angel named Zoe.