Woodcut of the Heavens by Tim Kahl

a buffoon built an igloo
for a social deviant
hunk of fatal slush falls
ends career in estrangement

columnist concedes
violent intercourse is
Socrates gone mad
dies from old holding-
breath-until-blue trick

woodcut of the heavens
depicts legal variant
of search engine’s cerebellum

face recognition service
for Mirrors of Dystopia
introduces dominant species
to hunter-gatherers

the mutant genes of mythmakers
reaffirm the campfire taboo
caffeine in the brain hastens
the apparatchik’s catharsis


Tim Kahl is the author of Possessing Yourself (CW Books 2009) and The Century of Travel (CW Books, 2012). His work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Notre Dame Review, The Journal, Parthenon West Review, and many other journals in the U.S. He appears as Victor Schnickelfritz at the poetry and poetics blog The Great American Pinup (http://greatamericanpinup.wordpress.com/) and the poetry video blog Linebreak Studios [http://linebreakstudios.blogspot.com/]. He is also editor of Bald Trickster Press and Clade Song [http://www.cladesong.com]. Poetry Center.