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Christopher  Willard is the author of two novels, Sundre and Garbage Head. His fiction, poetry, and nonfiction has been published in many magazines and journals including Leonardo, Ranfurly Review, Third Wednesday, Broken Pencil, etc. and has been included in the anthologies including Can't Lit: Fearless Fiction from Broken Pencil Magazine.  He’s interested in way language and memory become liquid when the heat is turned up.  When he was five gashed his head and discovered a red mitten does not show blood very well.


Better Gods at Lower Prices

We wield whips
we the once whippersnappers
who now wield whips.
We shall shine by our wrinkles.

The perpetual crisis is no worse
than the apostrophes of terror.
We barely make it to our deaths
without becoming ten minute heros.

We rise one hundred times
our sizes, we say:
Better gods at lower prices.
I went to a dismal plain
I started up a popcorn machine
for the ground squirrels.
Another Cleethorpes foot
washed up on the beach.

When I returned to my post
as village idiot I was assured
I could keep my medals.
The news said a vicious tornado

tore through the south
more than two hundred dead
and all those Facebook pages
updated just yesterday.