Blackbox Manifold

Issue 12: Tim Kahl

Another Temple Awaits

photos of old Chinatown

confirm pickpocket of Coptic Pope

the first Algonquin saint

tries to stop tagger by

praying in archaic Spanish

rock star double mastectomy

seen as insurance against

those who enforce beak trim

the porn shoot inspection

revealed no condoms on thumbs

genitalia stripped of gang colors

rare infighting at swing dance club

escalates into intertribal Hmong scuffle

mystery money used as vote

for mandatory hijack

of futility initiative

another temple awaits

Habitat of Convenience

women paint crews

spray the culinary school walls

opt to send message

via food

not news

gang of rogue decorators

implicated in

conspiracy of side dishes

maintains lights on senior housing

audit of internet

finds more browsers

than subscribers

trespassers accept blurriness

directory of muralists

lists critical members

influenced by wind gusts

critic photos of kitchen sinks

retouched to show

wealthy families want

habitats of convenience

American Scones

American scones instruct

budget bills on

how to be glazed behemoths

retired consumers

migrate west

take out loans

at Home Depot

vampire factions compete

to plow under grasses

campuses damaged

when sky falls

interrupting fee structures

mud caked on

Easy Street

after reservoir spill

Dust Bowl memories swirl

in quicksand of distraction

weekend box office winner

elected to another new term

Cultural Center

Gordian knot of water, food,

and energy triggers network

of donated breast milk

lift chairs and scooters appear

at mid-morning service

for renewable energy

architect plans landfill

as cultural center

features new wind plumbing

phase one: concrete pads

cultured in Cuisinart

made kid-resistant by Mattel

excavation claw finds

toy diamond

at moral center of cathedral

Tim Kahl [] is the author of Possessing Yourself (CW Books, 2009) and The Century of Travel (CW Books, 2012). His work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Notre Dame Review, The Journal, Parthenon West Review, and many other journals in the U.S. He appears as Victor Schnickelfritz at the poetry and poetics blog The Great American Pinup and the poetry video blog Linebreak Studios. He is also editor of Bald Trickster Press and Clade Song. He is the vice president and events coordinator of The Sacramento Poetry Center. He also has public installations in Nevada City {} and in Sacramento {In Scarcity We Bare The Teeth} [] []. He currently houses his father's literary estate—one volume: Robert Gerstmann's book of photos of Chile (1932).