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Because I’m Bad Ass and I Said So

Ruben Rodriguez

I ride rollercoasters on the tracks
let carts full of imaginary screams
rush over my heart squished on rails
the valves like underwater creatures
the squirm and worm of drowning life.

A camera bolted to wood post
upside down in plank webbing. I live
inside the camera. Watch the people
soar, excited in a free-fall motorcade.

I’m the leaf fallen to the driveway
torn after the fact. My flame dyed
brethren plumped commercial neat. Who

dares burst through this day dream bubble?
Dare imagine with 3D printer quality. It’s me

swirled into a whirlpool of what I want.

Ruben Rodriguez writes, paints, and wastes his time at the foot of the San Bernardino Mountains. He is the fiction editor of The Great American Lit Mag and author of the chapbook We Do What We Want (Orange Monkey Publishing, 2015). His poems have appeared in OxMag, Welter, The Stillwater Review, Dewpoint, Suisun Valley Review, Perceptions, and elsewhere. He’s here: www.rubenstuff.com.

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ISSUE Eight: Melty Slayers

Laurin DeChae
   Snakes & Ladders
   It Will Be Alive

Jessie Janeshek
   Future Girls with Bikinis
     beneath Bruce Springsteen Tees

Samantha Duncan
   Juliet

Kenzie Allen
   According to Science

Jessy Randall
   Here comes a poor woman
      from baby-land

   Here comes an old woman,
     nimble namble

Ruben Rodriguez
   Because I’m Bad Ass and
      I Said So

Colleen Coyne
   Echolocation

Rob Cook
   Unmarked Neural Pathways
   Keratoconus

Jon Riccio
   The Area Code for ESP

Jennifer MacBain-Stephens
   Solstice

Roger Williams
   Come Eleven

Matthew Johnstone
   Boatship: Port Layout Gossips

Daniel Schwartz
   Out/Night

Amy Carlberg
   Desktop

Ana Prundaru
   Embody the State of the World