One Poem – Heller Levinson

of if as in pertaining to


of if as in pertaining to persuasion conviction convincing conniving

creating consensus (assemble   gather   bundle   congregate) the urge to

avalanche to bring to fore (fruition   fructification   frequencies   flocking)

the flocking impulse — purpose → the establishment of   attaining to

purpose is viscera is the human stuff what nations warfare & peace

negotiations are & poetry & science & billabongs   to be purposeful in action

fusillage & forethought preambling foreskin to attain given or achieve such

the warp of  contradiction pursuit here education such a ruse the misfit in the

assembly the rust in the machine packets of annihilation designed to render

highways of truculence bitterroot whangdoodle whippy

when angling for purpose

persuade yourself





of if as in pertaining to equidistance Pythagoras hilarity come holy come

hole wholly come 1  2  3  if you will wont want font subterfuge trillion trillion

on a trolley collar on a dollar disparity contrareity bespoke holy smoke far

away another day come early come quick go licketysplit guard the wick pick

up stick(s) wish I might with I will fuse to lonesome whippoorwill song









of if as in pertaining to melancholia truancy purports curvilinear

homeopathic medicinals prevail especially in a time of drought hillsides with

sufficient snow provide sledding whisk whisking through passin’

triumvirates prosper from gaiety dish dishing doling jubilee bails

oxgenation blasts terminal velocity termination the teardrop term tunes

spliced from mourning laced with persuasion circumlocution-braced

lachrymal-fretted eke out ferret time left the rub






of if as in pertaining to equality equilateral quasi-matter

circumlocution circumnavigationally cursory crusade conjunctive dispatch

come one come all irrefutable the stall the billabong the wall the staunch

raunch uncontrollable smear-blear only the weary dum-dum-dum-dumdy-

doo-wah would accept a tragi-one dimensional bereft void of heft gross

vitality theft hear the lonely if only exceptionally were






hinge-trio-dustjacket-frontHeller Levinson lives in New York where he studies animal behavior. He has published in over a hundred journals and magazines. His publication, ‘Smelling Mary’ (Howling Dog Press, 2008), was nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the Griffin Prize. Black Widow Press published his ‘from stone this running’ in 2012. ‘Hinge Trio’ was published by La Alameda Press in 2012.  Forthcoming is Heller’s ‘Wrack Lariat’, slated for publication by Black Widow Press, Fall 2014. Additionally, he is the originator of Hinge Theory (and be sure to check out Paul Stubbs’ brilliant essay on Hinge Theory here).




About thefiendjournal

I was born in Blackpool, England and am currently based in Lancashire. Poems have been published in magazines in the U.K, Ireland, France, New Zealand, Canada, U.S.A and South Korea. A pamphlet; "MMV", was published in 2008. Hundreds of poems have been written in draft form, and multiple books are being planned and edited for future release. As well as editing 'The Fiend' I translate, paint and dabble in photography (images of which have occasionally been used here).
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