Geramee Hensley is a writer from Ohio. They are Poetry Editor at Tinderbox Poetry Journal. Their work has been featured in Button Poetry, Indiana Review, Hobart, New Poetry from the Midwest 2019, The Margins, The Recluse, The Shallow Ends, and elsewhere. You can find them @geramee_.
The office job boils down to a series of tasks that could ultimately be completed by anyone.
Please apply Zeno’s paradox of the arrow to social mobility and the desire to scale
the corporate paywall. I do mean paywall. It is no secret that how much money you have
is directly proportional to the number of dolphin tears for which you are responsible.
What an ocean before you! An unending playground of mammalian sadness. In the words
of the inimitable Rachel Ray: yum-o. In the words of my father, drink up, bucko.
There is simply too much heartache to go around, and you have only three stomachs
if you count your lungs. Repeat after me: everything about your life has happened before,
bears repeating and is a series of tasks that could ultimately be completed by anyone.
Repeat after me: the violence you commit is uniquely destructive in the sense that
it occupies a specific slice of space-time. There’s a series of people erased
at the end of the first sentence. There is a set of innate conditions, let's call them
privileges, readily available, and more importantly unavailable to a series of people erased
at the end of the first sentence. Repeat after me: the love you make is uniquely creative,
generative of a soft tissue in the core of an abdomen. That tissue is a series
of repeatable cells emergent of a redundant organ performing a repetitive task.
From the single-cell task to a multicellular repetition yields an increasing complexity
of redundancies asymptotic to what? Repeat after me: you are an unrepeatable
anomaly in a series of unrepeatable anomalies performing a series of uniquely creative,
differently-privileged tasks that could ultimately be completed by any series of replicative
r e d u n d a n c i e s a p p r o a c h i n g a d e l i n e a t i n g l i m i t. Y u m - o.
Sam Herschel Wein- How To Cook Your Family
Marianne Chan- 2 poems
Jason Crawford- PReP
Geramee Hensley- Redundancy Limit
Dustin Pearson- My Brother Outside the House in Hell
DT McCrea- On occasion of my own death
Noor Hindi- Unkept
Linda Dove- Mid-Life with Teeth
Stephen Furlong- I Don't Know About You, but Mostly I Just Want to be Held
Dorothy Chan- Because You Fall Too Fast Too Hard
Kevin Latimer- MIRAGE
Taylor Byas- Rooftop Monologue
Matt Mitchell- FINE LINE TRIPTYCH
Todd Dillard- Will
Heidi Seaborn- Under The Bed
Heather Myers- A Rainbow, Just For A Minute
Donna Vorreyer- In The Encyclopedia of Human Gestures
Conor Bracken- THE WORST THING YOU CAN DO TO A MAN
Ben Purkert- 2 Poems
Emma Bolden- What Women's Work Is
Chelsea Dingman- Lockdown Drill
Raych Jackson- Pantoum for Derrion Albert from the Plank
Elliot Ping- in the eighth grade
ii. dance moves
D.A. Powell- Sneak