ISSUE SEVEN: May Sell Tyres | next poem →

Working Models

Chris Campanioni

If you're bad with algebra
Substitute letters for words

If you're afraid of the dark
Close your eyes

If you lost your nerve
Take a long look inside

If you're addicted to shoes
Get in touch with your feet

If you're nervous
Have some whisky

If you're a working model
Thank genetics & your agent

If you're broke
Procure a toolset

If you're hard of hearing
Listen carefully

Then circle the word that is most closely related
To silence

A) Traffic
B) Infants
C) Margins in a book of poems

Chris Campanioni writes about media representation and the cult of celebrity, how we construct our selves, and the ways in which we communicate. He is the recipient of the 2013 Academy of American Poets Prize for his collection, In Conversation, and his novel, Going Down, was awarded Best First Book at the 2014 International Latino Book Awards. Find him in space at or in person, somewhere between Brooklyn Bridge Park and Barclays Center.

ISSUE SEVEN: May Sell Tyres | next poem →

ISSUE SEVEN: May Sell Tyres

Jill Khoury
   [posterior vitreous detachment]

Sonya Vatomsky
   Mouth-Off (III)
   The Serbo-Croatian language
      uses the same word, čičak,
      for burdock and Velcro

Kamden Hilliard
   no baby but the poem is about you

Jessica Schouela
   The Funeral

Chris Campanioni
   Working Models

Sarah Ann Winn
   Suburban Thaw
   Rolling Acres Mall, Abandoned

Cynthia Conte
   Number three star: Fast years

Diane Gage
   Dear John (Cage)

John Lowther
   a sonnet from 555

Rebecca Yates
   What is "Emoji"?

Glen Armstrong

Marta Ferguson
   The Nether as Pizza Parlor

September Hinkle
   Surviving Charlie