Deliver Me by Jeff Bagato

I have fallen on Croatan—
a slow easy heat descending
like a pardon from our zombie king George,
like the voice of dissent upon discovering
                where the men and children
vanish into women’s wombs and
women climb into goddess like
a door opening in mother earth,
carrying mystery away from white
lie, participle death, stamp tax,
the violence of breeding propaganda whores;
the ancient realms—great swamps of maize,
delirious hares, vulgar giant fowl
screaming Cthulhu across roots knotted
like hurricanes spewing water, leaves,
light and fire hundreds of feet in the air—
await us on Dare’s word as to when
we ride pony express across miss
america to deliver
the word

A multi-media artist living near Washington, DC, Jeff Bagato produces poetry and prose as well as electronic music, glitch video, sticker art, and pop surrealism paintings. Some of his poetry has appeared in Empty Mirror, The Five-Two, Rusty Truck, Futures Trading, Otoliths, and Your One Phone Call. His published books include Savage Magic (poetry), Cthulhu Limericks (poetry), The Toothpick Fairy (fiction), and Dishwasher on Mars (fiction). A blog about his writing and publishing efforts can be found at

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