ISSUE EIGHT: Melty Slayers | next poem →

The Area Code for ESP

Jon Riccio

Decompressing one shower curtain at a time,
just as "new carpet smell" is another way of saying

there's an agoraphobe in need of a housewarming.
Mayday an epoch, progress before rooftop, epistolary

the relationship we've yet to reverse engineer. I am
the science of my weakest link, value-added oven mitts,

insomnia the best time to befriend a phone psychic
between grasp and grip. If you’re anything like me

you Ziploc tomorrow the night before.
My star chart has Brillo rescinded all over it.

Jonathan Riccio studied viola performance at Oberlin College and the Cleveland Institute of Music. An MFA candidate at the University of Arizona, his work has appeared in Waxwing, Qwerty, Paper Nautilus, Redivider and The Writing Disorder, among others. He resides in Tucson.

ISSUE EIGHT: Melty Slayers | next poem →

ISSUE Eight: Melty Slayers

Laurin DeChae
   Snakes & Ladders
   It Will Be Alive

Jessie Janeshek
   Future Girls with Bikinis
     beneath Bruce Springsteen Tees

Samantha Duncan

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

Rob Cook
   Unmarked Neural Pathways

Jon Riccio
   The Area Code for ESP

Jennifer MacBain-Stephens

Roger Williams
   Come Eleven

Matthew Johnstone
   Boatship: Port Layout Gossips

Daniel Schwartz

Amy Carlberg

   Embody the State of the World