I have some surgery ideas
that involve technology:
One: bright guns:
catalyzed by children weeping
so hard were you to cover
them with construction paper
from their moustacheless noses
up, it would look as if
they were smiling horny, God-
In a warm green lobby,
Franky's bony arms were folded,
Lucy's acne, popped to the gloss floor
like scales, Henry's handsome, Pacing
squeakily: each.
Now secure
the paper to itself
behind the head, mask-like,
with wet chewing gum,
careful! watch the hair,
and cut little eye holes,
careful, watch.
It is how the bright guns
grow bright. Yes you are part of it.

Nathan Parker


Brian, our green-haired neighbor, scrapes beetles from plundered raspberry leaves into an empty rootbeer bottle. Empty but for the she-cricket, who squeaks at this bronze sleet, braces herself and already, her genitalia are gone.

The Japanese beetle is the wolverine of the northern garden. It is a hard worker and an adulterer.

Children check your raspberry caps before doing anything insane.

Grandpa looks up from a book and calls Brian a nazi and a pig. Brian looks up from the eye of the rootbeer bottle and calls Grandpa a deck-plant, then rummages through the garage for a can of gas. The beetles are having lackluster after-meal sex and conking out right in the middle of it—they notice something strong in their backs that moves to their throats and then they die.

Brian drops a match in the bottle, snorts, rides home on a dirt bike. I sit Indian-style and watch it shrink.

Nathan Parker
NATHAN PARKER’s recent poems appear or are forthcoming in American Letters & Commentary, Colorado Review, Quarterly West, Octopus, Swink, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife, Christie, and one-year-old son, Noah, in Alabama, where he teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Alabama. Right now he is reading and loving two books: G.K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy and Jean Valentine’s Door in the Mountain. This is his second appearance in The Adirondack Review.
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