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Jon Riccio
Jon Riccio studied viola performance at Oberlin College and the Cleveland Institute of Music. A recent Pushcart nominee, forthcoming poems appear in Redivider, Waxwing, Triggerfish Critical Review and elsewhere. He is a second-year MFA candidate at the University of Arizona.
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Jon Riccio

OctoHaiku

 

 

We raised the starfish,

sold it to the cancer ward,

split an apricot.

 

        *

 

Ram willows crumble

in July, still Jesus fails

His horoscope test.

 

        *

 

Striated lilac,

keep the sanitarium

from decrepitude.

 

[....]


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        *

 

Ectopic fetus,

loved you like an isotope

of risk.        Good bye.

 

        *

 

Alien jigsaw-

money’s tight. When all else fails,

crop circle placemats.

 

        *

 

Cheap lighter fluid,

the calligrapher’s only

vice. Sparkle, flick, font.

 

[....]


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        *

 

Fuck with a sea god

turned bonesetter, become his

patella and conch.

 

        *

 

Cartridge girl thinks, My

toner, his Kevlar, Ten Most

Wanted, here we come!


Jon Riccio

Five Fragments

 

 

licorice, the year

we made a carnival

of his slab

 

        *

 

the library moon

where homeless astronauts sleep

 

cratering their cots

 

        *

 

the hologram’s

            monogamy,

 

bride to a laser

 

 

[....]


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        *

 

elixir’s cortex,

banshee’s hypothalamus,

 

medicine chests online

 

        *

 

fractured embryo’s

brevity among thorns –

 

a gene splicer’s paycheck, this

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copyright © Jon Riccio. White Whale Review, issue 7.1


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