Rob Plath: “exercise” & Cameron Morse: “IKEA”

Rob Plath

exercise

as
i
lie
in
bed
sweating
my
monsters
run
thru
the
night
w/ my
peace
in
their
teeth

 

Rob Plath is a writer from New York. He is most known for his monster collection A BELLYFUL OF ANARCHY (epic rites press 2009). His newest collection is MY SOUL IS A BROKEN DOWN VALISE (epic rites press 2019). You can see more of his work at robplath.com

 

 

Cameron Morse

IKEA

Some movies are endlessly quotable
like The Princess Bride
or Groundhog Day. Some references
are so ingrained I can’t recall
where they come from. In the showroom,
I babble to my wife and son. Describe
a checkered lampshade as retro. A moment later,
I hear the word retro echoed back to me
in a stranger’s language. In passing,
I hear it again, my word:
minimalistic. I feel powerful,
a puppet master; a maker of persons,
I name my son Theodore and a first
cousin names her son the same.
I name my daughter Naomi, sit back and wait.

 

Cameron Morse was diagnosed with a glioblastoma in 2014. With a 14.6 month life expectancy, he entered the Creative Writing Program at the University of Missouri–Kansas City and, in 2018, graduated with an M.F.A. His poems have been published in numerous magazines, including New Letters, Bridge Eight, Portland Review, and South Dakota Review. His first poetry collection, Fall Risk, won Glass Lyre Press’s 2018 Best Book Award. His three subsequent collections are Father Me Again (Spartan Press, 2018), Coming Home with Cancer (Blue Lyra Press, 2019), and Terminal Destination (Spartan Press, 2019). He lives with his pregnant wife Lili and son Theodore in Blue Springs, Missouri, where he manages Inklings’ FOURTH FRIDAYS READING SERIES with Eve Brackenbury and serves as poetry editor for Harbor Review. For more information, check out his Facebook page or website.

 

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