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dark chocolate

    poem by Allen Itz
    art by Julio Mateo


she hoards anger
like sweet chocolate
in a brightly colored box

     saves it
          stores it

lets its dark flavor grow
in anticipation

a secret remembered
on the back of her tongue

a secret cache of ire
released in quiet bites

     a nibble here
          a nibble there

and hurt
in random


     * b * u * r * s * t * s *


pervades the air
around her

Unititled by Julio Mateo



Hiram Key (partial) by Fran Barrault
god smites an infidel

    poem by Allen Itz
    art by Fran Barrault



how like god am I

passing my days and nights
in a blur of godly thought
particular to my godly sphere

when
crawling on my steering wheel
a single sugar ant trudges
with antish concentration

making his antly way
across his antly world

with hardly a break in my celestial
preoccupationz
I cock a distracted thumb
and squash the buggly creature

then
wipe his jellied remains
on my pants

and continue my meditations

plumbernineo'clockzzzzteachermeetingatthreezzzzmeatloafzzz
zzzgrocerystoremilkbreadtwopoundsgroundroundzzzzzcapt'ncrunch
zzzwatchoutassholewhere'dyoulearntodrivezzzpotatoeszzzzthose
gooeylittlechocolatethings zzzzzneedgaszzzzzjeez$1.45!!!zzzzchange
oilzzzzwonderwhat'sontvtonightzzzzdamnneedtolosewightzzz20
poundszzzhemorhoidskillingmegottaloseweightzzzplumberteacher
zzzbaconandmushroomsforgreenbeanszzzdamnjerkkidalwaysdriving
pastthehouseatmidnightradiofullblastzzzzkathumpkathumpkathump
damnkidszzzsimpsonsx-fileszzzkathumpkathumpzzzzplumberzzzzz

so like god am I
sailing supremely through
the sunny universe of me

Hiram Key by Fran Barrault