Poetry by Alex Osman

A Young Person’s Guide to Drowning

This is the site where he drowned
Where geriatric paranoia manifested
Where childhood boogeymen lurked under rafts
Divers’ capillaries were jade
Underwater barber shop quartet members sang with algae in follicles
Where the whites of eyes were made known
Distance grew an extra inch
Forgotten fishing hooks punctured unsuspecting legs
Teenage lust ran rampant
Where his lungs caught fire
Grisly mono-endings were disposed
Where revival attempts were made by an assumed TV infatuation
This is the site where he drowned


I can’t help but rubberneck
On the day of the amputation
Dual rear wheels generating friction
Second-degree asphalt scarring
Reminiscent of an infant exaggeration
Hyphema like pre-slaughter cattle
Chain-link skin graft souvenirs
Visions of Camelot on cortex security tape
Narcosis fuelled the engine of a James Dean dream

The Mechanics of Parasitic Mimicry

Irritable spectators brawl like pinball
Recycling oxygen from lung implants
The Surgeon General retired his Sunday shackles for a right-eye shiner
Ants! Ants! Ants!
Ants live in the esophagus
He sugarcoats the unfortunate with glucose lies
Antennas transmit pheromones to the fiending spectators

Alex Osman

IG: @magkneesiumm

Up next Poem: "The Tumbling of Time Like Weeds in the Body" by Logan Roberts Found Sound Reviews [Anything for a Weird Life]
Latest posts Fear Eats the Soul: Reflections on a Masterpiece BRUISER ZINE 004: Saturn Returns by Ashley E Walters Tape World: O.K. Let's Rock with... Nirvana "Deconsecrators" by Terence Hannum "Pottery Fragment, early 21st century" by Jennifer Stark Review: Semibegun's Shitty Music on Tape and I Loved You a Lot "Octopus Facts" by Chris Heavener On the Importance of Infrastructure [Anything for a Weird Life] "The Executive Pool" by Steve Gergley "There is a Flame Called the Endless Night" by Juliette Sandoval "Gigantopedia" by Alexander Gradus Review: Smog Mother by John Wall Barger Spring Break Scene Report [Anything for a Weird Life] Two poems by Rob Kempton "Series in Which My Body is Not My Body" by Arden Stockdell-Giesler "Rows of Jaw Bones and Worn Down Teeth" by C. Morgenrede Two prose poems by Howie Good from "Founders' Day" by Arzhang Zafar Social Media and its Discontents [Anything for a Weird Life] "Jubilee" by Damon Hubbs "Nothing to See Here" by Bernard Reed Three poems by Kimberly Swendson In Praise of Phantomime [Anything for a Weird Life] Two stories by Robert John Miller Review: Greetings from Marquette: Music from Joe Pera Talks With You Season 2 by Skyway Man "Holiday" by Serena Devi Two poems by Jordan James Ranft How to Write a Song [Anything for a Weird Life] BRUISER ZINE 003: Founders' Day by Arzhang Zafar "March Madness" by Parker Wilson "At Hirschmann Hospital" by Jan E. Stanek