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JOHN DEMING.July 2017


JOHN DEMING

Photo by Jeff Sirkin


 

HEADLINE NEWS

1.

WITH SADNESS COMES ACCURACY;

WITH HAPPINESS, FALSE MEMORY

so all my digital passwords

are based on personal tragedy

I remember your saddest expressions

I love how little rebels rebel

you put red streaks in your hair

after trying to kill yourself

all over America they’re sadder

than their circumstances would suggest

 

2.

CLAIRE DANES DEBUTS RED HAIR,

TALKS MEETING OBAMA ON ‘LATE SHOW’

I’m never not going to be

Angela Chase sitting on her bed

listening to the Cranberries’

“Dreams” then her mom comes in

and turns it down

Angela says just turn it off

Patty replies no

I like it

 

3.

what is my relationship with your god

what is my relationship with your media

the man with the black ski mask

the flashy blade in his hand

the man with the orange hat

INSIDE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY’S

DESPERATE MISSION TO STOP MR. TRUMP

compromising one’s fears like putting

on an orange

hat

 

4.

why must I be a teenager

I have ISIS on my face

it’s time for a teenage rebellion

time for the iPhone 8

J.D. SALINGER’S HOLDEN CAULFIELD AGING GRACELESSLY

I tried to perform in one style at one clip

started taking pills and now I’m counting every breath

five-way Dyckman intersection

her face is everywhere

it’s happening again

 

5.

okay so the worst has happened

someone build a fire

TRUMP TRIUMPHS

I still have my Duane Reade

Rewards card I’m fine

after all it’s still just the rest of the world and you

some hundred million others wondering

how to overcome extreme

sadness

what to do

 

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HEADLINE NEWS

1.

WEBSITE TRACKS

BLACK FRIDAY DEATHS

these look like solid deals to me

silk flatscreen

how it feels to me

a determined unfolding

of all my intentions

into blossom

and practically

healing me

 

2.

blissful and beat

the whole car ride

ADDICTION TREATMENT

WITH A DARK SIDE

it’s all dark side

that’s what the song said

it’ll prove to itself

it can still have you

and walk off again

I’m out of ideas and I hate conflict

 

3.

what would Frasier Crane do

he’d put this shit away

KELSEY GRAMMER OPENS UP

ABOUT HIS LOVE AFFAIR WITH COCAINE

he wanted to live a new life

new lives are not that great

I’m in the mood for love

I’m in the mood for things

what would Sideshow Bob do

I love it when he sings

 

4.

4 ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH HOFFMAN DRUGS

get me more

or let real

loose I get to

guarding my

own floors

every time I am

alone I get to

pardon my

old form

 

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HEADLINE NEWS

1.

ZOMBIE FACES: WHY ARE WE

AFRAID OF THEM?

it’s nothing at all if you don’t pray to them

stories fold away

mulch

digital dirt

someone might have found them

if they proved somehow to be worth

more than the litany of stories

that replaces them

 

2.

she’ll always be dead in the ground like that

earth will be a pellet of hail

the status quo discreetly saves your life at that point

I mean indirectly like it always did

oh please keep me alive one more day

o who am I saying that to whom

has more power over that than me

THERE’S NO GOD BUT ALLAH, NO LANGUAGE BUT URDU

if I just believe in context

what’s the first thing I should do

 

3.

I purchased all my groceries

my student loans aren’t paid

a mendicant is a beggar

opprobrium means public shame

a sepulcher is a burial chamber

to supplicate is to beg

hirsute means furry or hairy

a mendicant supplicates

LETTER: WAKE UP AMERICA,

BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE

 

4.

WORLD’S FIRST BIRTH FROM TRANSPLANTED WOMB

I read someone wants the doctor imprisoned

me I was born

by Caesarean Section

I’m still frightened by the sound of an incision

the rational ethics of listening well

and defending only researched opinions

should be obvious at this point

it’s all the dead have left us with

that and their pretty disappearance

 

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HEADLINE NEWS

1.

a comically ambitious criticism

of style over substance

what luck to get to witness

make lists of what’s

always left dangling and repugnant

YOUNG MIDTERM-ELECTION VOTERS

go on

WILL LIKELY BE

VOTING FOR

REPUBLICANS

 

2.

McNulty has dinner with Terry

says he voted neither Bush nor Kerry

what else

can you do

leave it alone

like that forsythia

it’s like it never

connects

I.S. EXPANDS

IN LIBYA

 

3.

DON’T BLAME METEOROLOGISTS

FOR THE SOUTH’S TERRIBLE

RESPONSE TO SNOW

don’t blame them at all

I mean keeping them

out of all of it

I mean it obsequiously

there’s life past the shorelines

speckled life

breathing halibut

 

4.

now watch me establish my caliphate

your maps are officially useless

grown indefensibly old

but still arming bridges for Halliburton

all sneering and strategy

all toothless

DICK CHENEY WAS LYING ABOUT TORTURE

scatter you aphids

it’s late and I’m

doing this

 

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JOHN DEMING


John Deming
is author of Headline News (Indolent Books, Fall 2017) and Editor in Chief of Coldfront. His poems and articles have appeared in Boston Review, Fence, Salon, New Orleans Review and elsewhere. He lives in New York City, where he directs the Writing Center at LIM College and co-curates KGB Monday Night Poetry.

 

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July 2017.JOHN DEMING