Conjugation

         

          I.
                                      e-
                      normous,—pulsing
                             cubes of
   
                      mouth un-
                               do within
                        their own

                          dark—edges,
                                    bunches
                             (look!)

                        lunge,—spi-
                  ral—ripple:  buzz            
                        zzzzzzzz
                          
                 zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


          II.

                 but how
           flows
                 or where-
                        in lies
             pathos in such 
mechanics of bleh? or
                   through what
               maw
                     pulses
       succor in a culture of
                        bleh?


          III.

          one mouth
                      the size of no
                 silence pricks
            this noise—
                    but one
       silence the
                size of all
            noise swathes
                          that mouth—


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Steve Barbaro's poems appear in such venues as New American Writing, Denver Quarterly, Western Humanities Review, Prelude, Verse Daily, DIAGRAM, and American Letters & Commentary. He is currently finishing a novel, an excerpt of which can be accessed in Web Conjunctions. Follow him on Twitter, if you fancy, @iLLepitaph