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DM 109



~ Porte D'entrée ~


Amour Sombre e Hauptfriedhof


Gale Acuff


Jeff Bagato


Nicoletta Ceccoli


Maureen Daniels


John Grey


Seth Jeni


Wess Mongo Jolley



Peter Marra


Sergio A. Ortiz


Sissy Pantelis


Raymond Queneau


Tom Sheehan


Wallace Stevens


Patty Patten Tiffany


Paul Tristram


Greg Wallace


Peter Weltner



Wess Mongo Jolley

That Meter of Air


Peel it back and let it slide wetly to the ground revealing that tender meat that

raw and aching red meat in the cool air with fever soft rains washing it clean

of infection


Let the old skin the rotting flesh slough off and spread wetly in the dark earth where

the soldiers of the soil feast upon it and make it clean and light and weightless

rising up


Leave behind that anger and pain that encrustation of lies and assumptions and

find joy in that meter of air you have never trod and that next meter and

the next


The rushing air chaps raw and tender skin until new skin can grow there a healthier

skin and one that pulls you skyward above the trees where you wonder what you

left behind


So long ago



Wess Mongo Jolley is a poet and poetry promoter living in Vermont.  He is Founder and Executive Director of the Performance Poetry Preservation Project (, and is most well known for hosting the IndieFeed Performance Poetry Channel podcast ( for more than ten years.  As a poet, his work has appeared in Off The Coast, PANK, The New Verse News, Danse Macabre, DM du Jour, The November 3rd Club, The Legendary, decomP, Dressing Room Poetry Journal, RFD, Warrior Poets, and in the Write Bloody Press book The Good Things About America. He lives on a ten acre parcel in rural Vermont with his partner, various members of  his clan, a failing vegetable garden, and an unidentified monster that has been known to chase visitors out of the woods if they dare to venture too far from the light.  He is an urban poet, trapped in a rural body. He can be found on the internet at, and at




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