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White Bread - poem by Zachary Knox

    (partially lecithin)


through people’s disguises there lie
more heart than brain which is more
or less the same thing; they’re up in
arms again and demand change yet
become afraid when change came
why are you always too tall or too small
said the mad hatter; it’s really all a mind
over matter kinda thing, choose the
yellow or red brick road
it doesn’t change a thing
Dorothy’s already dead by suicide
at least that’s what the raven
said and reminded us that there
was no use running to kansas
it was already bled dry


* * *


    (niacin)


Iowa paid for its soiled shit-
eating grin in Christian ordained
holy sin baked in Irish lice and
three blind mice that staked their
claims on Black Hawk’s land where
he ended up making his last stand
he cut his hair and wore the white
man’s petticoat; he killed a man
when he was fifteen but spoke
gentle even when he was saying
being threatening but what could
it mean for a savage to speak
civil when the white man
stained his hands with only
what was unholy and obscene
to their own native nature?


* * *


    (thiamine mononitrate)


the capitalist pigs just south of North Liberty
Iowa stewed in the gluttony of their mires
for they knew to wallow in shit and to
constantly masturbate was the current style
they laid in corners and conspired to
overthrow the farmer that denied them
more meals as he was often off in the
fields claiming he was only trying to
provide for his family; oh but the pigs
didn’t care for they lived in the wealth
of their denial and wouldn’t think twice
to eat him and his family without due
course or trial after all it was them that
slaughtered them all just another
casualty in the endless mile of
subjective history


* * *


    (sugar)


stupid kids stared out from beady
eyes at an antique carnival ride
that was free after they paid their
entry; their stomachs twisted into
gymnast forget me knots as they stood
in the erotic store checkout line
to buy a feeling or the idea of
life attaining some kind of
second-hand meaning that
required them to spin the
Russian roulette wheel of life
and that pleasure or love was the
only thing worth stealing


* * *


    (riboflavin)


life can't just be a doctor sticking
his finger or dick down my deep canyon
and asking me to cough once or thrice
life can’t just be a bottle of syrup mixed
with coke then what’s the problem he asks,
me did you not cum too? well yeah but
I just don’t feel good something builds
in my third eye watch close the anthill
is a sty that fuels the need to deceive


the believer that concedes
the defeat of the other world
despite of me I still can see
the tapestry outside the car
window; ah, I see he says to me, I know
what’s wrong, it’s a rare condition that
can end your life: too much thinking
can result in suicide you need to
get out more and drink with stranger friends


to numb the bowels of inner strife
some of the side effects are the symptoms
that you describe and a slighted
possibility that you might gain weight
but besides that it will set you
free if taken nightly



Zachary Knox’s poems have appeared in Ealain, Penny Ante Feud, and What Rough Beast. He lives in Fort Madison, Iowa and is currently working on his debut novel, “The Hallway”



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