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DIY Poetry Publishing Cooperative

December 14, 2005

Coming soon from Kitchen Press: Matt Rasmussen's Fingergun

Kitchen Press editor/publisher Justin Marks announces that Kitchen Press will release Fingergun, a chapbook by Matt Rasmussen in the next few weeks.

Here's a a sample poem:

Dream after Suicide

A hole is nothing but what remains around it.

My brother stood
in the refrigerator light
drinking milk that poured
out of his head

through thick black curls,
down his back into a puddle
growing larger around him.
My body stood between

the living room and kitchen,
on the metal strip dividing
the carpet and linoleum.
He couldn’t hear his name

clouding from my mouth,
settling in the fluorescent air.
I wanted to put my finger
into the hole,

feel the smooth channel
he escaped through,
stop the milk
so he could taste it,

but my body held
as if driven into place.
The milk on the floor
reflected the light,

then became it.
Floated upward and outward
filling every shadow,
blowing the dark open.

Matt Rasmussen was born in International Falls, Minnesota in 1975. He holds degrees from Gustavus Adolphus College and Emerson College. He is a former Peace Corps Volunteer (Papua New Guinea, ’99-‘01) and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He currently lives in Hopkins, Minnesota.

For more info on Kitchen Press, visit the website here.

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  • I lost a loved one and my son his father to suicide, this one is hard to read but needed.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 5:13 PM  

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