Blackbox manifold

Issue 15: Christopher Mulrooney


let’s be lookly shapely recognisable

says the T/Sgt. giving the lecture

amongst the civilian population

not drift into disregard of uniform

rank and military protocol

after all we didn’t have to war

to be like these bums formly


if it is these holy rites of church

make these bonds magnificent

why in these matter-of-fact affairs

draw the line define the terms

but to say enough is as good as a feast

time of the assassins

now is their time

anyway they turn up trumps

aiming down at high windows

from other windows where they perch

on piles of textbooks casually

the new academician

the thick hard cock of his father

seemeth to him good

here is an aspergillum

to cast over the crowd

and keep as a memento

and my office

the stinking bureau

lavendered and deloused

she will claim it my rented

furniture and all feet up

she interviews the applicant

Christopher Mulrooney is the author of toy balloons (Another New Calligraphy), alarm (Shirt Pocket Press), Rimbaud (Finishing Line Press), supergrooviness (Lost Angelene), and Buson orders leggings (Dink Press). He died in July 2015, shortly after submitting the poems above.