This selection, chosen by guest editor Jillian Fantin, is from PRESSURED SPEECH by germ lynn, released by Bottlecap Press in 2022.
i will always need a story i will break my own heart! collapse! fall in love with the tar pit get clean again even! for the story tell me about your harbinger the crosswalk knuckles crackling in the speakerbox mutters of the dictator breaking through the crowdsurf tell me the corner i can find it tell me about the future that renders it ubiquitous sometimes, i feel so greedy for people i want the people at the happy acre TV dinner people & the people who run the raptor farm & the people in hospital ceilings under anesthesia & the people who never said they didn’t want me & the people who know nothing about it I saw the advertisement for the advil and thrilled even though I’m not sick healing seemed spontaneous like joy & possible like pills
germ lynn is a writer and cellist. Their poetry can be found most recently in The Reservoir, a collection published by Autonomedia Press. Their debut chapbook PRESSURED SPEECH was published as a Bottlecap Press feature. Their science fiction chapbook What You Call was published by Radix Media as part of their Futures series. they are currently working on compositions for solo voice and cello.
Jillian A. Fantin is a writer with roots in the American South and north central England. They are a 2023 Sundress Publications Editorial Intern, a 2021 Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Poet Fellow, and a 2020 Jefferson County Memorial Project Research Fellow. With writer Joy Wilkoff, they co-founded and edit RENESME LITERARY. Jillian’s debut chapbook, A Playdough Symposium, will be released this coming summer from Ghost City Press, and more of their writing appears in American Journal of Poetry, Homology Lit, Tilted House, Spectra Poets, Barrelhouse, and poetry.onl, among others.
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