Splayed and simmering
like hot snow spiked my drink.

I was mooing on the sidelines.
Had I become

a Molotov cocktail shaped like a horse
or a Cockatoo hiding under glass?

Help. I can’t figure out how to
truncate myself before I explode.
Help. Am I helping myself into a heap
for a lover to emerge from popped
baby calves

jerking around
under broken umbrellas,

turning into misshapen
cattle prods,

not the right size,
stuck inside a body bag.





JULIET COOK is a grotesque glitter witch medusa hybrid brimming with black, grey, silver, purple, and red explosions. Her poetry has appeared in a peculiar multitude of literary publications, recently including FLAPPERHOUSE, Ghost Proposal, ILK, Menacing Hedge, and Tarpaulin Sky. She is the author of more than thirteen published poetry chapbooks, most recently including POISONOUS BEAUTYSKULL LOLLIPOP (Grey Book Press, 2013), RED DEMOLITION (Shirt Pocket Press, 2014) and a collaborative chapbook with Robert Cole, MUTANT NEURON CODEX SWARM (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015). Another new collaborative chapbook by Juliet Cook and j/j hastain, Dive Back Down, is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press later in 2015. You can find out more at


J/J HASTAIN is the inventor of The Mystical Sentence Projects and is author of several cross-genre books including the trans-genre book libertine monk (Scrambler Press), The Non-Novels (forthcoming, Spuyten Duyvil) and The Xyr Trilogy: a Metaphysical Romance of Experimental Realisms. j/j’s writing has most recently appeared in Caketrain, Trickhouse, The Collagist, Housefire, Bombay Gin, Aufgabe and Tarpaulin Sky. You can find out more at




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