Main T.o.C. Door #1 Door #2 Door #3 Contest Gallery
David McAleavey

1. Bad anatomy

Frontal lobe, temporal lobe
unhinged for clarity,
for display.
Broca’s process, unhinged.

Hemispheres divided, subdivided,
broken out in this instance
into pieces,
into mush.

Bad luck, bad
on the shady side.

2. The remains

Disposed living or dead
in water, earth, fire; or dispersed
from a great height
as droplets in air.

3. Late warning

Like looking down as you carry the new battery four blocks to where your car has died
– the old Karmann Ghia with rusting rocker panels –
to find your jeans already soaked & thinning from the acid –

blade in, already past your defenses,