All Kinds of Blammo – Glen Armstrong


Spectacle must hurt
and its soundtrack must haunt
each visit to the circus
must prepare us

for the end of the world
lights on the midway tame fire
back with geometrical shapes
the loss of each kewpie doll’s

virginity immanent
the devil’s head both target and brand
full of weirdly lit space
to breed all kinds of blammo.

Glen Armstrong holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters and has three recent chapbooks: Set List (Bitchin Kitsch,) In Stone and The Most Awkward Silence of All (both Cruel Garters Press.) His work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Conduit and Cream City Review.


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