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Eating Godzilla

June 22, 2010 1 comment

by Jason Crane

for some reason, we started with the tail
you’d think that would be the toughest part
but after we’d sliced away the scales
the flesh was surprisingly tender
and no, it didn’t like taste like chicken
well, maybe a little
but it also had that metallic
just-out-of-the-microwave aftertaste
probably from the lingering effects of the radiation
Kazuhiro had insisted on serving side dishes
despite our obvious inability to finish
the great green lizard in one sitting
so we’d sautéed Mothra in a sesame sauce
and served him (her? it?) in lovely
sculpted bowls that fit perfectly in the hand
I’d suggested also eating Raymond Burr
just for old times’ sake
but by this time he was more fat than meat
and who can be bothered to pare all that away
just for a few grizzled bits of TV lawyer?
anyway, after the tail was finished we
cracked open Godzilla’s skull to get at
what we thought would be
the salty brain encased within
imagine our surprise, then, when
the skull turned out to contain
thousands of Pez candies
in a variety of fruity colors
Iwai-kun suggested handing them out to the children
who’d naturally gathered ’round us
for a look at the sundered source
of their nightmares
you should have seen the smiles
on their faces as he
reached his hands into the skull
and drew forth the rainbow
of sugary delights
he tossed the Pez out like Mardi Gras beads
and the kids scrummaged for them, squealing

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Jason Crane is a jazz broadcaster and writer, a husband and father, and he rides a bicycle. Jason hosts the online jazz interview show The Jazz Session, featuring in-depth interviews with jazz musicians from around the world. His first collection of poems, Unexpected Sunlight (FootHills Publishing, 2010) is now available from the store at

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New Classics: Table of Contents

August 17, 2010 1 comment

On the Folly of Not Being James Bond by Leslie Ann Minot

Frankenstein’s Brother by Marc Hudson

Nude with Rash by Anne-Marie Levine

In Nihilo by Ray Templeton

Twilight by Celia Lisset Alvarez

Molly’s Bloom (in Fade) by Maureen Egan

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party by Tama Hochbaum

Ten Discourses After Jalal al-Din Rumi by Alex Cigale

So soft his neck, so distant from the thought of stone by Jee Leong Koh

Egil’s Lament by Ann Fisher-Wirth

Scrambled Shakespeare by Millie Niss

The Beauty by Neila Mezynski

Ishmael’s Concordance by Scott Wiggerman

Arezzo. Casa Petrarch. by Wendy Vardaman

untitled by Gordon Smith

Little black dress— by Aditi Machado

Bone by Betsy Phillips

His Side by LaToya Jordan

Gladiator (Rome, 2009) by Katherine Durham Oldmixon

There’s That Old Chestnut, Again by Luisa A. Igloria

Batman’s Address, or the Theory of Fort Knox by Christopher Hennessy

Sometimes I Miss the Old Jealous Goddesses by Deb Scott

matisse two by bl pawalek

The Lears at Home by Monica Raymond

Wounded Man at War in the Metro Père-Lachaise by Martha Deed

Pay Asclepius a Cock by Eric Burke

Cadillac Gargoyle by Steve Wing

Dream in Five Acts by Karl Elder

Onion by Marin Willitts Jr.

The Monsters Receive Their Briefing on Millennium Park by Donna Vorreyer

Mictlantecuhtli, 2010 by Joaquin Ramon Herrera

The Railway Children by Samuel Prince

Heart’s Desire by Rosemary Starace

Andy Warhol (The Vancouver Art Gallery, 2004) by Daniela Elza

Eating Godzilla by Jason Crane

Palindrome by Isabelle Carbonell

Hideous Progeny by Leslie Ann Minot

Black Heart Wind by Eric Darton

Apophthegm by Henrietta Cullinan

Oracle by Jessica Otto

Coptic Pizzeria by Dorothee Lang

Caught in the Flood by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming and Reid Mitchell

Shakespeare CIX Translated by Andrea Kneeland

In All Your Blinding Glory by Joaquin Ramon Herrera

piobaireachd by Andrew McCallum

the wyndham sisters by bl pawelek

A Study in Setting by Peg Duthie

Male Nude by Anne-Marie Levine

Marina, La Malinche by Katherine Durham Oldmixon

Postcard by Nancy Gott

The Bitter, True Taste of the Human Heart by Alex Cigale

As I stand here folding by Mara Mills

The Cave of Sleep by Kristin Maffei

Roget’s by Sarah J. Sloat

The Business of Creation by Uma Gowrishankar

Salve, Constantia by Dorothee Lang

24 by Barbara Young

Ariadne sends her friend a ball of twine by Leslie Ann Minot

Female Parent by Jeneva Stone

Twice Burned by Ray Sharp

Narcissus by Stuart Barnes

When asked your place or my place, meaning host or guest, by Jee Leong Koh

Moleskin by Mario Milosevic

The World is a Sound: A New Creation Myth by Robbi Nester

Re-Shake by Millie Niss

Oh Basho by Mary Wehner

The Poetess by Wendy Vardaman

The Adam Rose by Clarissa Jakobsons

La Guadalupe de Juan Diego by Katherine Durham Oldmixon

god    is a poet by Daniela Elza

Birth, Labor by Dawn Manning

June Cleaver Considers Divorce, or: Ward, Why is This Ring Slipping Through My Skin? by Jill Crammond Wickham

Zinacantan Woman by Joaquin Ramon Herrera

Dressing, On the Side by Lori A. May

The Constellation of the Water Snake by Maggie Cleveland

The Snake by Martha Deed

Blanche at Rest by Linda Umans

the tunnel by morgan downie

Be Mine by Judith Terzi

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Authors A-D

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Aarnes, William

Aart, Greta (website)

Abbott, Katherine (Spring Farm Almanac)

Abdolrezaei, Ali (website)

Abel, Colleen

Abellanosa, Jonel

Adams, Beth (the cassandra pages)

Agner, Mary Alexandra (Pantoums and Persistence)

Aitken, Adam (website, Adam in Cambodia)

Albert, C. (Runaway Moon)

Alden, Lisa (website)

Allam, Stacey

Alley, Gwendolyn (art predator)

Alsop, Maureen

Altemus, Reed

Alvarez, Celia Lisset (webpage)

Alvarez, Ivy (Ivy is here)

Amba (AmbivaBlog)

Amyx, Lou

Anderson, Andy (Wild Goose Creative)

Anderson, Emily May (Rice in the Cupboard)

Anderson, Holly (webpage)

Anderson, Khadija (haikujunky)

Andersson, Monika

Andreacchi, Grace (website, blog)

Andrukhovych, Yuri

Ang, Arlene (website)

Angell, Elizabeth (verbal privilege)


Annucci, Marilyn


Ansari, Tiel Aisha (Knocking from Inside)

Apfelbaum, D.S. (The Art of Poetry Blog)

Aquino, Elizabeth (blog)

Ayers, Lana Hechtman (website)

Baade, Carrie Ann (website)

Baar, Tricia Anne

Bailey, Andrew

Bailey-Mershon, Glenda (website)

Baker, Emilie Zoey (Atomic Lady Bomb, MySpace page)

Baker, Janet

Baker, Jenni B. (website)

Baker, Warren

Balakrishnan, Josephine (website)

Ball, Norman (website)

Bancquart, Marie-Claire

Banka, Lauren

Barenblat, Rachel (Velveteen Rabbi)

Barnes, Stuart (webpage)

Barnett, Boe

Barnett, Chris

Bayard-Murray, Dax

Beam, Jeffery (website)

Beasley-Baker, Caroline (website)

Becker, Kimberly L.

Bellehumeur-Allatt, Tanya

Benedict, Kate Bernadette (website)

Benet, Maria (small change)

Bennett, Eleanor Leonne (Flickr photostream)

Bennett, John M. (website)

Berg, Carol

Berger, Zackary Sholem (English blog, Yiddish blog, website)

Bergmann, F. J. (Fibitz Reality Adjustment)

Berkey-Abbott, Kristin (website)

Bernal, Judith

Bethel, Nicolette (Scavella’s Blogsphere, Blogworld)

Bilger, Paul

Birnie, Clive

Black, Sheila

Blackley, Polly

Blades, Maroula

Blair, Kelsey

Blasko, Danielle

Bloemeke, Julie E.

Bloom, Sarah R. (Sad and Beautiful World)

Bodien, Elizabeth (website)

Boisard-Beudin, Nathalie (blog)

Bonta, Dave (Via Negativa)

Borland, Bryan (

Borowicz, Karina

Bralley, Patricia (Seeing for My Self)

Brandenburg, Helen

Brandt, Paul

Brewer, Shirley

Broderick, Therese L. (EKPHRASIS blog)

Brooks, Lia

Brookshire, Dustin (blog)

Brown, Harriet (blog)

Brown, Irene

Brown, M. L.

Brown, Richard

Bruce, Darcy

Brush, James (Coyote Mercury)

Buckingham, Will (

Burgett, James (Light Box Photography)

Burghenn-Arsénie, Tatiana

Burke, Eric (Anomalocrinus Incurvus)

Burke, Sarah

Burnett, Roberta

Bursky, Rick

Burtt, Wendy

Busse, Sarah

Callihan, Nicole (blog)

Campbell, Nancy (website)

Caparras, Rina (Geek but Not Dork)

Carbó, Nick

Carbonell, Isabelle (website, blog)

Cardinale, Jenna

Cardona, Hélène

Carter, Joyce

Cassell, Nancy Fletcher (website)

Cegłowski, Maciej (Idle Words)

Celio, Tina (blog)

Chaffin, C. E. (website, blog)

Chandler, Sherry (website)

Chapman, Cecelia (website)

Chapman, Robin

Cherches, Peter (Word of Mouth)

Cheremnykh, Felix

Cheung, Floyd

Chin, O Thiam

Ciccariello, Peter (Liminal Spaces)

Cigale, Alex

Cihlar, Lisa J.

Clark, Rick

Clark, Ross

Clarke, Chris (Coyote Crossing)

Cleveland, Maggie

Clews, Brenda (Rubies in Crystal)

Clift, Liz N. (blog)

Clinton, DeWitt

Cochran, Joshua

Cofell, Cathryn (website)

Coffey, Donna

Coffin, Lyn

Cogswell, Robert Elzy

Cohen, K.

Cohen, Richard Lawrence (RLC)

Colberg, Joerg (Conscientious)

Colburn, John

Cole, Teju (website)

Conaway, Wayne Anthony

Connolly, Anne

Cook, Christina

Cook, Thomas

Cooke, Kay McKenzie (website)

Courington, Chella (website)

Covey, Bruce (webpage)

Cox, Cynthia

Coyne, Colleen

Coyote, Beth (My Little Golden Book of Phobias)

Crammond, Jill

Crane, Jason (website)

Crew, Louie (website)

Crooker, Barbara (website)

Crouch, Jeff

Crow, Carrie (baron & crow)

Crowley, Michael Aanji (webpage)

Crowther, Claire (webpage)

Cullinan, Henrietta

Cumbie, James Ty

Cummings, Wray (website)

Curnow, Nathan (Blog Eats Poet)

Czerwien, Ron

D, Gabrielle

Dacheux, Stacey Elaine (website)

Rachel Dacus (website)

dalachinsky, steve d.

d’Amico, Karen (Fluid Thinking)

Daneman, Pat

Daphtary, Caitlin M.

D’Aquino, Alfonso

d’Arbeloff, Natalie (website, Blaugustine)

Darton, Eric (website)

Davidson, Robin

Laura E. Davis (Dear Outer Space)

Davis, Todd

Dayton, Charles

Dearmon, Heather (website)

Deed, Martha (website, blog)

Delgado, Mikey (Life and War with Mikey Fatboy Delgado)

DeMaria, Michael Brant (CDs on CDBaby)

Denenberg, Risa (Risa’s Pieces)

Deo, Saudamini

Devine, Nancy (blog)

Dickey, Paul (homepage)

Dickie, Anna (publisher’s website)

DiMartino, Joanie

Dinsmore, Danika (The Accidental Novelist)


DiSabato, Lorianne (Hoarded Ordinaries)

Dodson, Bruce

Dodson, Stephen

Dohollau, Heather

Donnelly, Susan

Doreski, William

Dorf, Carol

Dorholt, Tyler Flynn

downie, morgan (website)

Dreifus, Erika (website)

Driver, Alice

Druz, Courtney (website)

DuBois, Greer

Dudley, Rachel

Dudman, Clare (Keeper of the Snails)

Duhamel, Denise

Dupuis, Éric (website)

Dus, Lisken Van Pelt

Dusenberry, R.A.

Duthie, Peg (website, blog)

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