April Poetry Month (Day 26): Michael Kriesel #npm16 #wppoets

[April Poetry Month 2016 Table of Contents]

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Michael Kriesel won North American Review’s 2015 Hearst Prize. Past President of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, books include Whale of Stars and Moths Mail the House (Sunnyoutside).

He’s in Arcana: The Tarot Poetry Anthology, Minor Arcana Press 2015; Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books, Minor Arcana Press 2014; and issues 51, 59, 76 78, 83, 84, 86, 93 & 94 of the electronic journal for short poems Right Hand Pointing. He’s appeared in Alaska Quarterly, Antioch Review, Rattle and The Progressive. He was a finalist in ABZ Press’ 2014 First Poetry Book Contest.

Michael lives in Wausau, WI.


 

Radioactive Sonnet

I want to draw comics.
Spend study halls perfecting
Superman’s triceps.
One paper cut ends everything.

A radioactive sonnet
bites me like a spider.
I become a poet
unlike Peter Parker.

Now lavender whales
pod the sky
where spandex sailed.

Now the sky’s
full of ghosts that
need laughing at.

 

first appeared in Right Hand Pointing

 

Invisible Woman Quits Fantastic Four

Her life’s a comic book.

Every month some megalomaniac in spandex
and a cape shows up to rule the world.

She’s sick of fighting forty-story monsters named

Annihilus………….Galactus…………Fin Fang Foom                                

She decides to be an angel.

Leaves a note by the toaster, knowing Reed
will need its heat to see her invisible words,

remembering love letters penned in lemon juice
before cosmic rays aborted their orbit,

that fateful flight reducing them to adjectives:

Mr. Fantastic………………..The Thing 

Human Torch……………….Invisible Woman

Shedding sea-blue spandex, an August breeze
stiffens her nipples. She turns invisible and leaves

to whisper what’s your power?

in the ears of passing strangers.

 

Invisible Woman Quits Fantastic Four first appeared in The Pedestal

 

Post-Mortem Survey

(Must be completed prior to processing)

….1. On exiting the mortal coil, what did you see?
…….a) White light and / or dead relatives
…….b) Leviathan’s 3rd testicle
…….c)

….2. Which ice cream were you given on arrival?
…….a) Nasturtium
…….b) Peanut Butter Buddha
…….c) Aspirin-flavored

….3. Question 2 was a trick question.
The only available flavor is worm.

….4. Who did you blame for your weight problem? (Remember, ghosts are weightless)
…….a) Republicans…..b) Democrats…..c) Mirrors

….5. What was your childhood nickname?

_____________________________

….6. If you had to give God a nickname, what would it be?

______________________________

….7. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 for love and 1 for loathe, rate the following by circling the
……..appropriate number:

Free will……..1..2..3..4..5

Aging…………1..2..3..4..5

Uncertainty1..2..3..4..5

….8. Complete the following sentence: “If I had to do it all over again, I would…”
_______________________________________________________________

….9. Complete the following sentence: “If I had to do it all over again, I would not…”
_______________________________________________________________

….10. What makes you a candidate for reincarnation? (Limit your response to 50 words)
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

….11. What makes you a candidate for oblivion? (Limit your reply to one haiku)
                                                                           _______________
                                                                           _______________
                                                                           _______________

Thank you for your cooperation. Travel safely.

 

Post-Mortem Survey first appeared in Prime Number

 

 

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