Poems by J. D. Nelson





was there something in the room with the elephant?

                    as deep as the night would be if it could see itself in the void

I honestly don’t know what kind of animal that was
oh, it was a little dinosaur
look at the feathers

the popping machine with a pink and blue blanket wrapped around the base
the talking hound at the top of the stairs

a watching of the shoes
why is the clown allowed to nose thru the wall at any hour?

an opossum was watching my every move when I was out back with the bird seed
this is the high-wire world of the transient bats

that machine making rivers should slow down for now
we have enough and some are running dry

tomorrow’s parachuters

spanish peanut doodad was the bird head
your fred says to make the mask

a potato yarn coloring book
a martian mansion

this took a calf two weeks to knit
look out for the western lamb knocking iron for too long

the recent tree forts
that last standing crane is the guardian of the scrolls

stop the world language from eating the earth
stop letting it bleed thru the wall into the apartment next door

the head was like a roof
earth was a wet rock

hammerly swatto the glamour friendly
needing a land to lando like rash

the benadryl oil was the last lark
were you a cooling head like the brain in the kitchen?


the old cat was the friend of the light
after work, a meal on the earth

the fitting head of the lunar eye
the glum crumb of the naming rights

were you ever an elf with that pant leg?
the ironing board of the wolf was a sherman

the apple angel
             a window of the nice alpha

the jungle rose is the leather of the walk
that nothing is the clone of the soup

About the Author

J. D. Nelson (b. 1971) experiments with words in his subterranean laboratory. His poetry has appeared in many small press publications, worldwide, since 2002. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Cinderella City (The Red Ceilings Press, 2012). His first full-length collection, entitled In Ghostly Onehead, is slated for a 2021 release by mOnocle-Lash Anti-Press. His work has recently appeared in E•ratio, Maintenant, Otoliths, BlazeVOX, and Word For/Word. Visit www.MadVerse.com for more information and links to his published work. Nelson lives in Colorado.