2 poems (Logan Roberts)

Phoenix

Need you like fire

needs air in order to destroy

everything in its obsession

like floating 36 inches off the floor

and having nowhere to lay

your head as it drops

another anchor

into the fire to slow

down the smoldering

yet the smoldering

just burns

hotter more jagged more air

into the head

into the lungs

into the back

into the pelvis

into the eyes

black and thick cough

into the star 

swollen night

into the note you wrote me

that said

hey

and that was it

and that was the last

time I tried to fold my heart

into an origami organ

I mean crane

flying 36 inches off the ground

making a sound that seems

to be

hey hey   hey hey   hey hey   hey hey

lookout there’s a phoenix

flying towards you.

Tripwire

Found a pet jaguar 

as a kid,

brewing in the bathroom

at school wondering

what actually made me a boy

and why my body

held such a steaming vehemence,

towards drinking and popping

pills and sports and haircuts

and sitting under willow trees

and people getting older, when

things can be so exotic and rare,

that when you find a diamond

you feel like you’ve really found

a diamond, not a box of cereal

for wizards,

or broken teeth,

for macaroni necklaces.

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Logan Roberts is an artist and writer in Florida. He tweets @hello_im_logan

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image by Dylan Willoughby: I am a permanently disabled LGBTQIA+ poet and composer, born in London, England and currently living in Long Beach, CA. Chester Creek Press has published 3 limited-edition letterpress poetry chapbooks, with illustrations by the hyper-realist painter Anthony Mastromatteo.  My poems have appeared widely in literary magazines including Agenda (UK), Stand (UK), The Interpreter’s House (UK), Shenandoah, Salmagundi, Denver Quarterly, CutBank, Southern Humanities Review, and Green Mountains Review.  Recent poems appeared this summer and fall in The Laurel Review, Fahmidan Journal, Goat’s Milk Magazine, Sledgehammer Lit, Sparrow’s Trombone, and Bloom Magazine, and are forthcoming in Amethyst Review and Ample Remains. I have received residency fellowships from Yaddo and MacDowell, and earned an MFA from Cornell University, where I studied with A. R. Ammons and Robert Morgan.  My music, as “Lost in Stars,” has been featured by The Los Angeles Times, NPR/PRI program “Echoes,” KCRW (LA NPR station), Entertainment Weekly, NYLON magazine, XLR8R, Insomniac, Earmilk, and many other venues.