Marketing Zero by Jeff Bagato

Horseshit grows blue
green yellow orange or teal for your
choice, amazing product drifts
insensate, malleable, desired
and happy—marriage of con-
venience to sweet
sniveling you, you the lucky
one with the midas touch
tapping out a bank card rhythm
on the nearest stainless steel wall;
anyone can do it—
Have Faith!
Anyone can keep the good
times rolling down supermarket
smiles, toothpaste dreams
squeezed minty lovely
across Honolulu neon,
a sugar feast hustling a conveyor straight
to your asshole,
shined, repackaged, colorized
and smoked through
one end of the sausage to the next,
glad-bagging into morning
with a touch of caffeine
injected under the skin
and kept

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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