Michael Sikkema



from Fine Little Hammer



It's February, I'm in my
insufficient funds outfit

I wait for news reports
from the next room

My spinal chord is
a social animal talking




Fish lay eggs dead
in dead Caspian

I want something shiny to
look at me for a second

then something shinier



First this chimed containment
then this

Telepathic rifle that the child
is a minor chord

A clear table is a whole note



The circus waits
outside town for a trough

of light to pass through

waits for us to look
up from the syntax

the bruise-consciousness
and stumble



Mechanistic dawn's porn theme
is undone by dove sounds

Sound comes liquid you spit into

You argue human as parasite
undone by parasites

Most of the families here
are nonprofit