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Three by Liz Axelrod

Night Terrors

by LIZ AXELROD

 

For endless

India ink miles

the sky is nothing

but super-novas

long exploded.

Sun-powered paths

twist through

fallen brush and

well-raked topsoil.

 

We focus our 35mm

lens, forever turning.

 

Swollen bulbs

long for crystal

and sugar shots

of well soaked

rum cakes.

Feed me, see more,

buy new glasses.

Super-glue keeps

our edges neat.

 

This miracle of stars

is just illusion.

 

Music Box

by LIZ AXELROD

 

I am a collection
of well groomed follicles

and hand-colored
sound-bytes.
Need some lube
and diamond files.

 

I’m making movies
posing sexual

with strobe lights.

 

I sit, stand, bend while tough jocks
grind out emerald
pointed cliffhangers.
Cinema is fucking
with my psyche.

I want  pencil skirts
and cupid bangs, sugar sticks and
polished cherry sodas.

 

Focus unconditional.

 

I am not misty.

I am not stunned.

I am not wind-up.

I am not my reflection.
I am the Ballerina
on the box.

Leg outstretched
in hope of turning.

 

In Transit

by LIZ AXELROD

 

You’re a beautiful woman

Said the drunken

construction consultant at Tracks,
the Penn Station water hole with swivel

chairs and sweet bartenders who

ease the pain of missing that train

by just

one minute.

 

Let’s keep in touch.

He didn’t tell me his name
or text me his number.

 

Crazy bug-orange full moon!

Why don’t I live in the city anymore?

Suburbs suck passion and bleach marrow.

 

I’m Moonstruck.

Hey! Did you know my biorhythm

And Nick Cage’s are

A ninety-eight percent match?

Someone let him know, please.

 

What?

You don’t believe in Astrology?

Blow me (no really) Blow me.

 

Lonely—

Suffering full moon fever

from my kitten heels

to the hoops on my ears to

the glass shards of my

ice nipples.

 

Orange is calming

and prevails

over fast food joints

and train stations.

 

Liz Axelrod received her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the New School in 2013. She has been making the rounds of the NYC Poetry Circuit for close to a decade and has been a featured reader at The Cornelia Street Graduate Reading Series, The Southern Writer’s Series, The Renegade Reading Series, Couplet, The Living Room’s Stories & Songs Residency, The NYC Poetry Festival, and more. Liz is Web Editor for LIT Magazine, a book reviewer for Publisher’s Weekly, and a staff writer for LunaLuna Magazine. Her work has been published in  Lyre Lyre, 12th StreetThe RumpusThe Brooklyn RailElectric Literature, Yes Poetry, Nap Magazine, the Ginosko Literary Journal, and Have A NYC 3. She is currently working on her first collection of poems.
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