Dr. Randall Rogers

It is the present no matter what time or date you read this. That is the beauty and pain of everything, including transporting thunk memories and futuristic scenarios. We have to be hopeful, after all death will save us all. For a while.


Now let’s get to poetry. Poetry involves thought-words. Writing it is fun. Or should be. Getting rejected submitting it to editors is not. Therefore we at the Transgender Lesbian Cowboy are temporarily altering our editorial policy. To engender submissions (from same-sex women) we are hereby resorting to a publish-all philosophy. No worry, we shall separate the wheat from the chafed in time, and quite probably retain the by-product. And promote it gaudily. Did you know fanfare means trumpets blowing? Not strumpets, trumpets. Larger than life little Donalds. Not McDonald’s, the real thing. The real secret sauce. Not just Thousand Island. No person is a Thousand Island – though Xavier Holland comes close. Tried to watch the film “Caligula” the other day, on the Ffilms.org free film site but the site of the naked Malcolm McDowell scared me off. Too with O’Toole, Peter and his scruffy Tiberiun countenance. I prefer my Malcolm drugging at the milk-bar. My O’Toole fastened down in my trousers. But Oh! The Caitlin of it all! Where, dare I ask, or whom, kept the dis-members only, ah, thing? Oh my lord and how long was the operation?


But forget all that. Forget all you can, even the intrusive memories, good and bad. Good because inevitably good turns into bad, and bad because…ah…well don’t forget the bad memories because the bad turns to good. Just ask Fredric Nietzsche when he is trans-valuing the lips of a horse. I remember watching ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” when I was a young humanoid and they always talked about “the agony of da-feet” when they showed a crashing ski jumper. I guess Italian influence has permeated culture more than ancient Rome. Also, I was at a bar in Phnom (Phnom means hill) Penh, Cambodia, speaking to an Englishman, insisting England was “a whole gay nation” when he did some silly-assed begging to differ. Great American I am I won the argument when I told him he was in denial and I don’t mean standing in a river in Egypt. The lady Khmer bartender laughed ( I was sitting slouched slurring words at the bar) and I hands downed the little slap and tickler. After all when I discovered they call underclassmen “faggots” at Eaton I just knew they weren’t calling them “bundles of sticks”. But enough for now, though this now will be present whosoever whensoever anysoever ganders upon these signifiers in any galaxy, universe, tiny or big, anywhere, anytime, if they make it.

Let’s make it; write, submit, we publish, all, for now. Let us immortalize at least for…for now…an always present at different times, everywhere. But I’m still angry for all those years the Lone Ranger was calling Tonto tonto which means “stupid” in Spanish. But what after all, can you do? Except die, to live on. Live on with your own written poetry published all by us, we cowboys of the unsure, confused kind. Thank your graciousnesses and right honorable highness-es of all kinds, for all times, of all places, in all ways. Even Muslims may your bombs dud and aims not be true…God willing.


The some kind of range rat,

Randall 4/19/2017


Jonathan Beale

Poem 1


Wittgenstein in the garden of Babel


After Peter Porter


is as, the world is as: words lay

As heaped autumnal leaves.

Devoid of life now – having

Been sent through – a mind and mouth:


Out of a window – trees evolve

Too slowly to be seen, too quick

For time’s body. The picture is hung –

At An Angle to complete – to perceive.


Xeno’s shadow; lurks around.

Before Wittgenstein’s light and darkness

Cast his shadow of the vision

Of the scene: cold light breaks in Finland.


Given the razored edge

Of Natures abstruse abstract.

Cut by silence the brooding angry

  1. whose language is what it is.



Poem 2


Lights wonderment


Pisa, Eiffel, Blackpool, and The Sears –

The light, the draw, the raw, raw power


Always empty. The space awaiting

to be filled, as Einstein sleeps on


The moons brief puncture

Is as it cuts land open before their feet.


The aged anger lies not far below –

Alongside the shark and serpent.


Among the mathematical cosmos

Remain rusted together.


Seen through a lens or eye.

As the night and the night roll on


Something unspoken is: or given over

To pleasure or pleasure



Poem 3


The new art school


Say what you want coz this is the new art school. Art School the Jam Paul Weller


Here! There! Here! Awaiting the new applause

Originality, the underlying clause.


Here, in this new art school

Is where every charlatan and every fool.


Is made, forged, and broke

The cost of seriousness is no joke.


The caged beast bites and claws

Smashing, minds, and smashing doors.


Into other worlds: that can never

Really exist, no one is ever that clever.


The new art school makes and fails in one breath

Awaiting your fame ’fingers crossed’ before death.


John D Robinson


Man, all those times,
all those anxious
 and nervous hours
we’d wait  for you to
come home:
wondering how drunk
and fucked up you’d
be, what kind of mood
you were going to be
with, a playful and
humorous tone or a
vile and vicious , cruel
and scary asshole,
and that’s why the
first chance I had of
knocking you to the
floor, I took without
hesitation or regret.

Saira Viola

Head Honcho


Suzie Q : Honey eyed bikini leather girl

The flashing pussy of revolution

she wore French open toed stilettos in the shower

and every Thursday baked artisanal cookies for the


Boomshakalaka ! Boom! Boom!

Her hips swayed left to right

and when the rain bounced off the cleft of her butt

the whole world stood up or at least the front row

of working stiffs in the subway car.

She narrowed her eyes and left her giggle on

a passing billboard .

Crossing her long bronzed legs she

winked at a sober suited lawyer.


Noisy brash voice hard Republican eyes

he leered as if she were a piece of prime

real estate ready to be bought flipped and sold over.

Arrogant puffy cheeked  man bragging about his

holiday home in The Hamptons

and the price of grass fed beef

so idyllic.

The hairs in his nose salted grey

jangling his hot rod keys he wanted

everyone to know he was a SOMEBODY.

All Suzie could see was a piggy pig pig in

dirty pants and penny tan loafers.

She yawned smudging her mascara

He stepped closer

so close she could smell

his crooked middle class waxed anus

when he whispered:

‘Aren’t you a naughty girrrrrrrrrrl?’

‘You sound like flaccid Mike.’ He moved back .Red faced contempt .

‘And you’re a bitch.’

‘Le chien femme ? Really ! That’s all you got ?’

Through gnashing teeth

‘You winked at me.’

‘So what ? Now you own me ?’

‘I thought we had a …’

‘A what ? A moment in the sweaty armpit of a subway commute ?

Foaming with anger spittle frosting  his moustached mouth.

‘Easy bitch.’

She blew him a faux air born kiss

and sidled up to a blonde sharp cheeked athletic type .

He watched her with murderous eyes

as she ran her fingers playfully on the other man’s face

Teasing looks and  cell  numbers were exchanged.

At the next stop she got off

and so did ‘Flaccid Mike.’

Suzie , sweet slut succumbing to the red lipped mouth of midnight

primed and ready for action.

Clip clop .  Clip clop. Heel screech-

the flies in the wall listening to every beat .

As she climbed the  grubby piss washed stairs

teetering on her feet

‘Flaccid Mike,’ crept slowly behind her

Silent Sith .

Brooklyn dust on the sidewalk  glinting  pink  with


beads -colonising every

exit and every turn

Chugging smog make emaciated  throats burn .

He grabbed her neck peach blossom soft

and squeezed until her lungs became thickened

with his bloody deed.

Pinned down- butterfly breaths

fluttering on broken bone Suzie Q

drifting drifting  .

She was so proud of her window box flowers

and  her butterscotch cookies  for the homeless.



Taco Bell Suicide

The soft – eyed neighbour told

me to forgive and ignore

and I got lost in the wiggery

of  legal arguments, I watched skilled

orators  preach on the poverty of

opportunities denied to an armed

rapist who threw acid on his

victim’s face : “Your Honour he grew

up with vandals and thugs

and murderous crows –

not his fault he was born in a

womb of hate he maims

with a purist’s distaste of the

female  form and freely feeds on

her slaughter . And in fairness your honour  she

was  precocious a  temptress -nymphet –

scarlet lipped Lolita .”

The Judge sniffed  shuffling

the papers on his big grand desk

he thumbed through graphic stills

of the teenage victim and in a hoarse,

slanted preachy voice : “ I agree with the defence in this

case , the young girl was giving out mixed signals

she wore a black  backless dress and silver pump heels

she hinted to him that sex was in the air . It’s regrettable

it ended this way but frankly this man is not a monster and not too blame.”

One month later :  Red Top Headline

Teenage Rape Victim Found Dead in Taco Bell car park :Apparent Suicide



Champagne Lap Dance With Baudelaire
Shah Jahan autographed
the Taj Mahal
and dead beetle wings
sit in yesterday’s ash tray
She got an emoji
telling her it was over
The   light that shines on
the sagging  cheeks   of her face
is feeble -choked by a curtain of grey
She was free in her dream
smooth -toned ballet limbed
black -honey sweet
She shimmied all over Baudelaire
Babbled about Parisian  jazz dudes
and plaited  his grape coloured  hair
Death was sunning himself on a leather arm chair
He watched the champagne bubbles cork the air
his long face shadowing her heart
She heard sparrows in the trash can
but never woke up.


Drew Nacht




I hoisted the earth on my back in the same good luck knapsack

I have been using for thousands of years.

It looks worn but should be sturdy enough

though I do worry about an undetected hole developing

and then you’ve got a mess on your hands:

next thing you know remnants of some planet

are littering landscapes of a planet they were not meant to,

but hopefully, that is a problem for another day.

For now, I get to enjoy the easiest part of my new job-

sprinkling the droppings of earth throughout the terrain

of a new planet to enhance its growth potential.

Of course, it is challenging to help a planet sprout new life

as there are always unintended consequences

but my head is swimming with the possibilities of this new planet-

to coin an old earth saying,

it feels like the first days of spring.

Michael Marrotti

Dumb, Poor and Benign


When it comes

to my writing

I’m not expecting



Nor am I expecting

you to make a

credit card payment

when publishers

avoid my poetry

like it’s infected

with hepatitis


After all it is

an acquired taste

capable of

upsetting your

sensitive stomach


It’s oftentimes

offensive like

purposely not

flushing the toilet


If you’re seeking

something that’ll

warm your

sentimental heart

don’t waste your time

this right here is like

unprovoked anal sex

you’ll be limping away

a victim of penetration


I’m not holding

back any punches

I’m at war with all

things categorized

as benign


I’m that


asshole who

has the balls

to say what

other cowards

refuse to



I’m that genius

with a general

education diploma

who had an


while his

significant other

was shoplifting

lube at Rite Aid


The truth

when lubricated

is a comfortable

approach for

passionate poetry

that was written

in vain

© Michael Marrotti

Dan Abernathy

Coors in a Can


He would slice Velveeta cheese

real thick.

He would slice an onion

even thicker.

Putting them together,

taking a bite

the moisture of the onion

sent flavor into the air.

A few moments of chewing

everything mixed

was washed down

with a can of Coors beer.


Coors in a can

was his monster

and his monitor.

A road trip or a drive

was not twenty miles away,

it was a three

or four-beer drive.

These were his treats.

His vice,

was the Winston cigarette

that always dangled

from his mouth.


With a black felt Stetson

cowboy hat,

Tony Lama boots

and in the summer,

Bermuda shorts.

He was one of the grandest men

I have ever known.


Things changed

when he started pissing himself.

He could not control

what the disease,

that was attacking him from inside,

was doing.


He sliced some Velveeta cheese

real thick.

He sliced an onion

even thicker.

Putting them together,

taking a bite,

the moisture of the onion

sent flavor into the air.

A few moments of chewing

then washed down

with Coors in a can.


He took his hat off

and for the first time

laid it down

brim first.

He struck a wooden match

and put it to the end of the Winston

dangling from his mouth

and filled his lungs with smoke.

One last drink

that emptied

the Coors in a can.


Then did something

he never thought possible.

He placed the muzzle

of his Colt revolver

deep into his mouth.




I’m Missing


I’m missing

the bump-start breakfast of

think sliced bacon,



and Jack Daniels in my coffee,

hot and without cream.


I’m missing

the long wide-open days of

cross tops,


cheep grass,

even cheaper beer

and the road trips isolated from all that is.


I’m missing

the carefree evenings

that turned into dawn,

tequila shots,

loud music that made you dance,

the party girls that lived to live,

and the ones that had misplaced

the word known as “No.”


I’m missing

the understanding

that it has came to this,

stiffness and pain when I stand up,

a constant buzzing in my ears,

weight that seems to be here to stay,

and hair that won’t.

Rice and fruit in the mornings,

salads at night

and cheap wine from a black box,

because it’s just easier.


I’m missing

the mishaps and adventures rousing

the reason why I write

this constant stream of thoughts

that tumble from my existence,

the ones that are ruled by none,

while wondering if someday

Perhaps you’ll miss them too.


John Grochalski

he is (almost) risen


you can hear the chickens clucking

from inside the fresh slaughterhouse


and the people outside waiting are so calm

playing on cell phones and smoking cigarettes in line


the day before easter on a frigid april morning


i don’t know how this works

do they just go inside and pick out a chicken

send it off to the sacrifice?


i hate my shitty grocery store

but walking to work this morning

i feel a soft fondness for it


the chickens there are already dead and cut and quartered

taking all of the murder out of the meal for me


a block away i can still hear the chickens

only faintly underneath the sound of christian music

playing out inside the compound of

an emergency food pantry


there is a long line of people waiting there as well


a little less cell phone playing

a lot more cigarette smoking


the benevolent church ministers are walking

up and down the line

getting information from the people

and passing out pamphlets


reassuring them that they don’t have to attend services

in order to get some food


god loves each and all of us one and the same, they say


even the guy sleeping underneath his shopping cart

between the enterprise rent-a-car and the honda dealership


he will be risen!

one of the ministers shouts to the crowd

only no one claps or cheers


and on cue the christian music rises to a crescendo

covering the sounds of the chickens and the people


jesus christ with his dull perpetual life of holy servitude

as the rest of us live this way and that


driving fancy cars off of lots

walking to work or standing in long lines

with starving bellies


spending our single short lives in cages

in awe or disgust of that tired crucifixion


apathetic to the whole bloody mess


but always certain that the slaughter will come

and round out the blank spaces of another year.



a most elegant man


a most elegant man is walking behind me

on this cold-as-hell winter morning


he’s got a little snow cap with ear flaps

a thin scarf and a big red beard


he’s keeping pace so that he’s right up my ass

and when i stop on the street, he stops


in new york city this is grounds to commit a murder


but it’s maybe five degrees outside

the wind off the estuary making it worse


i’m carrying ten bags of groceries

five in each hand

and i forgot my goddamned gloves


my fingers look like strands of red pulp

so i couldn’t strangle this man if i wanted to


the guy behind me, he’s got one little bag

and his cell phone


i wish he’d kick it into gear

just pass me or something


when i stop to let him go

he stops to check something on his phone


the wind goes through me like i’m made

of plastic grocery bags


i look back and say, hey, buddy, what the fuck?

but he’s got his earbuds in


i start up again

he starts up again


i can see the apartment building

but it still feels a million miles away

with the wind and this asshole keeping pace


when i get to the door

it makes sense that he lives in the building too


six floors of strangers

living petty little lives


i put the five bags from the one hand in the other

struggle to get out my keys


while the most elegant man waits patiently

for me to unlock the door


i even hold it for him


ten bags and swollen red hands

a smile on my face and murder in my eyes


as the most elegant man passes me


with nary a head nod

or a discreet thank you to boot.



alcoholics anonymous blues


knee deep

into my fourth vodka


i think about the man

this afternoon


whom i gave

the alcoholics anonymous

pamphlets to


wonder what he’s doing tonight

to kill the pain


shake the ice cubes in my glass

before killing the dream in one gulp


then rise for a fifth


as beethoven shits out

another masterpiece

on the old static radio.