Forklift, Ohio

31 Poems by Dean YoungIlluminatrix by Alexis OrgeraSecret Damage by Russell DillonFalse Soup by Melissa BarrettLast Ride by Abraham SmithThe Lost Notebooks of Juan Sweeney translated by Chad SweeneyRanges II by Michael SchiavoThe Dark is Here by Kiki PetrosinoTouch Monkey by Stuart DischellThe Dept. of Ephebic Dreamery by Darcie Dennigan I Feel YES by Nick Sturm PATRIOT by Laurie Saurborn Young The Imaginations by Jean-Paul Pecqueur


Cover image: The Dark is Here - by Kiki Petrosino

The Dark is Here
by Kiki Petrosino

32 pages, soft cover,
stapled, w/inside artwork by Philip Miller

$5 (First Class postage paid)

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from The Dark is Here

Advisory Protocol

Remember that it is not your responsibility to account for the severely troubled. You need only swallow enough needles & enough bread. The first disruption will resemble a silver collapse of the inner ear. Then it enters the room. In such cases, you must learn to hold yourself in a state of tonic immobility, letting your remaining teeth fall to the carpet. If you find yourself shrinking to the thinness of a soap leaf, if you perceive your tongue halting in its progress across the windowpane, you may have entered a rare or acute oscillation. Try to exit firmly & with respect. In this, mark your training. Mark that each of your hands is a perianth of light. Where you wanted to go can’t be reached by lipgloss anymore. Get up, get up. You’ll have to climb.



Kiki Petrosino author photoKiki Petrosino is the author of the poetry collection, Fort Red Border (Sarabande, 2009). She teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Louisville.