︎︎︎︎︎ Adam Stutz

︎ July 13, 2023

The beleaguered material:          the same thump-skip      heartbeat
drift/break        wherein my smoke         travels  to other cities   

spurs    a nervous quiver breaking           into broken birds of a feather
I disseminate my baggage            like tatter quill coats      & salivary stones

In broken trust I quip                broke    questions          & I emit
burnout—        a skeleton of      questionable emotional intelligence

I have cross-over appeal for splinters      to perpetuate cause       
is a matter         for conversational barrens           determining

verdicts in absentia—     the edges           will not smooth over— 
the calculus       of hands/cut      apart     now render over & across

the argot of miscalculation          I am a greet/slump a whole of offense
& the value of injury        seeks pressure   in the crimson twitch

of extraction &              I unwrap a gift in the shuffle        of evolution—  
I become a moth            rendered for the flame

Adam Stutz is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Broken Lens Journal and the author of Transcript (Cooper Dillon Books, 2017) and The Scales (White Stag Publishing, 2018). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prelude, Be About It, Deluge, Dum Dum Zine, The Pinch, Where is the River, Dream Pop, Cover, Ghost Proposal, INKSOUNDS, Only Good Poems, Heavy Feather Review, and can be found at He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.