Liver on the Town by Jeff Bagato

Chicken Liver sits on his motorcycle with feet
in the air, looking out over concrete central,
layers of solid like the backwash of snot
on the lower lip of idiot Jane Doe talking
in her sleep, and Gizzard rides up, and Liver
gives the word, and they’re down the hill
joined by Heart, Lungs, Spleen
and the Upper Colon with Lower in a sidecar—
terror in the streets like Jesse James
showed up with a pick axe and automatic
psychological disagreement with the world—
Who’s selling gold? Who gives clock
radio? Who needs this bowl of cherries?
Because I’m hungry; because
Stomach is dying back in his hideout,
and we gotta rebellion against anything
you got, an insatiable hunger for love,
money and the baby’s back teeth, jealous
like Satan with the smell of God in the bottom
of his coffecup, lighting lemons
with the tongues of Mars upon worshipping,
and Heart’s got two fingers in the air and a mouth
full of diamonds chewing with teeth last
used on the bathtub gin; Lungs like a flapper
in the parking lot with each foot
in a hamburger and intercourse smoking
from her suffocated
delighting in the thirst of Spleen for the real

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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