By Clay Carpenter

calculated cool and crime-scene clean

lighting grins collars modulated under

camera’s loving eye numbers dipped

in bleach dispensed with tongs


key turns fan belt squeals radio screams a

suicide bomber’s handiwork shakes the car

doctor says you’ve got the wrong gene

pull into this Green Zone and breathe


Clay Carpenter is a newspaper copy editor in Corpus Christi, Texas. He lives with his wife, two daughters, a golden retriever and an ornery cat, all of whom provide plenty of inspiration for his poetry. His work has appeared in literary magazines including “New Plains Review,” “Oak Bend Review,” “Flutter,” “Eudaimonia,” “Defenestration” and “Orange Room Review.”

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