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Unmarked Neural Pathways

Rob Cook

On the moonlit side of a pebble
I untangle a cobweb’s tremor.

Some of the vanishing gets lured as well:

                         groping for consciousness
                         on other moons
                         at these mountain depths.

And because I stole one cry
from the artichoke
I held like the head of a child,

it gazes back at me
            from its mottled Atari asteroid.

            Hungry,
            the artichoke
            quickens to a more distant dampness—

Each passing cloud protects me
like a day shoveled from the breathing eyes of a bear,

                        mist gathered
                        in armadas that cannot be defeated or found.

And only because I believe in something—

                        a clothespin man,
                        a pine­cloth lady,

                        the billowing of a wooden fawn—

I help devour a storm snail chasing a final trickle of leaves.




Rob Cook's latest book is The Undermining of the Democratic Club (Spuyten Duyvil). He has work in Up the Staircase Quarterly, Caliban, Verse, Borderlands, Mudfish, Zoland, Harvard Review, New Orleans Review, Carbon Culture Review, etc. He also had the dubious honor of being included in Best American Poetry 2009, possibly the worst volume in the entire series. If only he could be selected for inclusion in Best New Autoimmune Diseases, he would be over the moon.

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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