Against the Law by Peter Magliocco

Red-hot as a giant brick kiln
in the backyard’s cluttered nexus
(of junked household items
just taking up space)
comes the realization, finally
that bad things magnetically attract
more bad things:

no way out of it,
almost an unwritten law we can’t break
to absolve somebody’s trashy life.
So if you see me peeking over the fence
it’s all right, I assure you
I’m only doing field research
on this delicate subject

& there’s no need to panic
or shout, “No trespassing, creep!”
before the truth hits you squarely
on a body full of bourgeois hypocrisies;
before the false bottom drops out
of the earth’s fabled flatness,

you know I’m there to shield
your supermodel breasts
from the perverse


Peter Magliocco
Peter Magliocco writes from Las Vegas, Nevada, where he occasionally edits the lit-zine ART:MAG. He has forthcoming poetry in HARBINGER ASYLUM, POETRY PACIFIC, MIDNIGHT LANE BOUTIQUE, and elsewhere. His speculative sci-fi novel The Burgher of Virtual Eden is now an ebook available at all the usual places.

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