I am a monster.
Beware of my dog
The Billion Dollar Ninja.
I have a trojan for you:
a logic controlling rootkit.
All expenses paid trip
to an Indio time share —
this is my money face.
Thinking of suitable antonyms…
semiotics & heartbreak
Natural phenomena I suppose,
like imported Mesopotamian beer.
The doorframe leaks water
until my thoughts quiet.
I am organizing the closet
in tiers by color scheme.
Been talking to no one you know
& we agree you are unbearable.
Insufferable? Whichever means
I’m done reaching out
across this dry channel.
I am sitting next to a monster
on the rapid transit & she smells
wonderful. My left pinky is reminded
it has an excellent swear record.
All last week I was bewaring
bubblewrap, measuring the lightness
of my feet in these house slippers.
Understand the bonfire is just dying.
The sun has already left us cold.
visual poem in progress
The Rollin 20s is a Crip gang I am not a part of. Bus tokens fill a river and the fish ride until the end of the line. We are not the fish. We only wish we were. My head is swimming with the word syncopation. It is such a stupid dumb word —to mean heavy bass lines over the alpines and the windows down —today was such a good day. To mean a loss of something we’re just beginning to understand. This blunt between my lips. My girlfriend in a stranger’s car. The stranger’s car is the size of a money drawer. And the stranger is my infant son.
Average cost of an online submission = $3.00
500 reams of paper = approximately $5.00
pieces of paper = .3 cents per
(this factors amount of printing capability per ink cartridge with own printer)
postage is .45 cents (x2)
box of envelopes is .99 cents for a box of 50
one envelope = .2 cents
Cost breakdown of one poetry/fiction submission
poetry (3 poems, one per page) = $2.20
fiction (average short story being 11 pages) = $2.40
Literary publications should reformat their system and email rejections/acceptances.
Cost breakdown if publications email responses:
poetry = $1.73
fiction = $1.92
Cost breakdown if the writer did not have the pay for paper/printing:
poetry = 1.50
fiction = $1.69
Literary publications are acting on the following assumptions:
1. The majority of writers have bank accounts.
2. The majority of writer’s have a debit/credit card.
3. That the cost of obtaining materials needed to create a paper submission is actually $3.00, meaning they aren’t able to obtain paper/envelopes and/or postage at low to no cost.
4. Paper submissions are bad for the environment
This is not a statement for or against online submissions. But here is a problem; I paid a submission fee using my debit card. Due to a banking error, I incurred overdraft fees. My 3.00 dollars ballooned to $80. I no longer use banks and prefer cash transactions.
5. The cost of a prepaid debit card would actually push the online fee cost into the 7 dollar range.
I am, however, arguing the assistance of journals to email responses to help offset mailed submissions. Publications which are online, submissions fee only make me sad.