︎︎︎ Adam Stutz

︎ Feb 26, 2023

Bruising        is a cityscape    (subtext:    emotional instability
is transient/transnational)    A philosophy dropped     like a penny
to pick up sexual tension        be the tile work    of a Tetris enthusiast
my memory runs up     the tab on departures/arrivals    A broken stone
of     talking     points overcooked     in a bouquet of tulips
crashing into the lingo     of lax politics    I relent        I am talked over
a misunderstood gamble        thrown out         to passers-by
like an unmoored inventory of     drive-thru dialects     A threat lives
behind     my sternum—    a broad grin    osteo-music    offers surrender  
to posture slip    + I crumble against my menace        All night I
whisper equations    for tongue knot nibble + press    finger-walks
on lost latitudes     to cross-over     hooked on     a beautiful wreckage
my holy book     window seat discussion         slips under radar    
slips under the skull     a small rose stain of daylight    dulling
by a wash of listening     etching the old lines        of ebb and flow   
into the broken boulders     I collect for my chest:     Sinking

Adam Stutz is the author of Transcript (Cooper Dillon Books, 2017) and The Scales (White Stag Publishing, 2018). His work has appeared in The Equalizer: Second Series, The Cultural Society, A Sharp Piece of Awesome, Prelude, Be About It, Deluge, Dum Dum Zine, The Pinch, Where is the River, Dream Pop, Cover, Ghost Proposal, Columba Poetry, Only Good Poems, INKSOUNDS, The Racket, and can also be found at He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Also by Adam: SEEDLINGS