Radio Underbelly Consummation by Jeff Bagato

Freak to all that’s un-right
& unnatural begs to get radio
voice time & turned away
rewires car warning horn
to transmitter; behind the wheel
keeps the streets informed
on shit-stained diaper love
cutting across manna-fucking
salvation—cops soon chasing
orders of the FCC—bad mama
jamma bigfoots Mass Ave
from circle to citadel honking
the big word on shotguns in
your panties, hogwild for genius
nightlife—money stabbed me
in the heart won’t keep me off
the air—cops picking up
satanic vibes thru donut
receivers find the need
to legalize everything—speaker phone
broadcast loves break-bottle soul
music, tinker toy rock, bad beat
hobo ruin-song—receive
this—understand now that freakshow
changed the channels to the one
and go crazy

Jeff Bagato is a writer and electronic musician living near Washington, DC. Some of his poetry has appeared in Zoomoozophone Review, Otoliths, Clockwise Cat, Zombie Logic Review, Full of Crow, Exquisite Corpse, and Chiron Review. His most recent book of poems, Savage Magic, came out in early 2016. Other poetry books include And the Trillions and Spells of Coming Day. He has also published several science fiction novels, including The Toothpick Fairy, Computing Angels, and Dishwasher on Venus. A blog about his writing and publishing efforts can be found at

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