The Bedside Book of Satanic Youth by Glen Armstrong

From Behind The Curtain by Rees Nielson

From Behind The Curtain by Rees Nielsen

The Bedside Book of Satanic Youth

With distorted guitar and spray paint
and little scraps of skin,

with puppets and the shadow
of a goat that jumps up
and onto the wall,

with averted eyes and dog-eared magazines
and plastic ceremonial knives,

we summon the Prince of Darkness.

We sacrifice White Castle burgers
and secure our wallets to our pants
with silver chains.

We long for barking dogs
silenced by women in doorways.

We get ourselves so worked up
that the black telephone
no longer orders pizza.

A big fat June bug crawls
across the chalky ciphers
on the basement floor

and lets us know that oblivion
will show us its breasts.

But we have to work harder.
We have to really want it.

Glen Armstrong holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters and has three new chapbooks: Set List (Bitchin Kitsch,) In Stone and The Most Awkward Silence of All (both Cruel Garters Press.) His work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Conduit and Cloudbank.

Rees Nielsen farmed stone fruit for 35 years in California’s San Joaquin Valley. One day his wife, Riina, requested a series of paintings to fill a blank wall which led to a twenty five year pursuit. In 2011, two years after her passing, he moved to Indianola, Iowa, to take an active part in the lives of his grandchildren, Marshall and Adelaide Taylor. Rees has had his paintings accepted at numerous publications, including, Agave, Empty Sink Publishing, The Riding Light Review, Paradise Review, The Yellow Chair Review, The Sonder Review, Dirty Chai Review, Birds Piled Loosely.