Zodiac of the Damned by Jeff Bagato

Far out in the universe a star
is born to clamor unthinkable
without booze, and indeed such spirits are there
that can drunk a constellation
in a moment so he can’t see the contract
or his pen-wielding signature,
but next day agent calls early
with yelling need to protect space—
“Get back in the sky
and let ‘em know who’s beacon
is the North Star, for once
and everlasting—this pizza
pie delivery gig is gonna send
millions to their telescopes”—
Zodiac strikes a pose
to goose porn star hustle
for air pump accessory—
lights flames to orbs so hard
he shorts out power in the lower
cojones—how much longer
can delivery momentum fresh
to doorstep cover itself and leap
off to searchlight—a contract
pressed to heatlamp & brained for fine
print—until burning out
fossil fuel dependent and
pepperoni pure—stars
are people too
who just need
more of

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 http://jeffbagato.wordpress.com.

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