• Jake Bauer

Three Poems





O Y G B I V


Red featherbed said dread bred lead thread


Hereditary cherries in the incredulous orchard

slam into boyhood


Godhead zinnia


There’s many a— STOP


and DO NOT ENTER


Recentered


Dredged heart slips dead over heels

for lady

bug in Miss

Scarlet’s credenza


There’s tens a

red voices

inside your red choices


Seems

sacred hatred violence


confiscated)


Red of the early

enamored


A nail is not a person

until it is hammered





R Y G B I V


Orange retoranged


Returned? Retorted?


Supported

a family of me

on what

falls from a tropical tree


Hegemony


The pope, in the deep end, in water wings


Creamsicle lube


To inflate the vest blow

your orange

wish through the orange tube


A Clockwork

Clementine


Be mine—

goldfish, baby-cant-

aloupe, toxic petri dish


& Agent

Equal Parts

2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic Acid and 2,4,5-Trichlorophenoxyacetic Acid





THE GERHARD RICHTER SCALE

This ocean

is not the ocean

I wanted


to take up

residence in your

handbasket


of easy crimes

little swipes

of golden


bikes, pre-dawn

I mean

I mean


she had a lot

to accomplish

with her feet


all day was

was only halfway

Jake Bauer is the author of the full-length collection Tracey Emin's Tent; the chapbook Big Pool, Oh; and co-author of the chapbook Idaho Falls. He is also the Marketing Director for Saturnalia Books.