painting of two hands holding flowers and a golden haired dog

Failure & Forgetting by Ry Dunn // cover by the author

Emphatic, emotional, from a tender heart inside of tender meat. If failures and forgettings leave holes in our lives, Dunn teaches us how to fill them back up with our spoils—the shit, the tears, the broken glass and broken teeth. Failure & Forgetting is a cleansing ritual; it gets us back on the bus for the nervy ride home.

this is not form

this is the anthem

this is the crying

alone in my room

This is the third

time this week

this is the rot

the core the apple

like I always knew

you were a Rose

deep down

this is the holes

In my slacks

the holes in my ass

this is the times

we live and die in

this is the anthem to

a memory lost to

plague this lingering

panic like the blood

drip from the prick

of a rose thorn

this is a moment

between my sad

farts and the band

that played

this is the last time

we fucked on a bed

in a hotel on

folsom street

that was the last time

my farts smelled

like cum for

three days

this is the bomb

in the precinct

this is the patricide

the final suicide

the mark my words

my breath stank

and the smoke rises

from the north west

corner of this

is the Whiteaker

in the late 90s

this is the beguiled

new student to

the old designs

of thrash against

an ancient wall

this is the end

of an old trail anew

thought rendered

inescapable by drugs

because this is not

the form I meant to

carry, this is the cock

I did not mean to sit

atop, this is not

a maybe next time

this is the end of

a poem

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