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Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 3: Spring 2015
Poem: Ghazal: 126 words

The Auctioneer’s Target Practice
in the Orchestra Pit

by Bill Mohr
Buyer’s remorse is self-inflicted tease: the snow job of a prologue
(permit fee not included) of a hobnob with a prologue.

Envisioning a thin undercoating of viridian, lazuli, and pure red,
A painter sneaks to the canvas for the daub job of a prologue.

To corroborate—fuck that—to caress all that flesh is heir to
Ay, that’s the inadmissible, soggy rub of a prologue.

Overnight, the privacy of despair is so useless a fiction that death
Regards your bucket list as no more than a blow job of a prologue.

One by one, Bill, final wishes banter on bleachers at the stage’s rear
and stretch out, eyes closed, to memorize their solo: a sob of a prologue.

Bill Mohr’s
Issue 3, Winter 2015

poems, prose poems, and creative prose have appeared in dozens of magazines, including Antioch Review, Blue Mesa Review, Caliban onLine, Miramar, Santa Monica Review, Sonora Review, and ZYZZYVA.

In addition to a spoken-word collection, Vehemence, issued by New Alliance Records, individual collections of his poetry include Hidden Proofs (1982) and Bittersweet Kaleidoscope (2006). In April, 2015, Bonobos Editores in Mexico published a bi-lingual edition of his poems, Pruebas Ocultas. His account of West Coast poetry, Holdouts: The Los Angeles Poetry Renaissance 1948-1992, was published by the University of Iowa Press in 2011. And his writing has been featured in over a dozen anthologies.

From 1974 to 1988, Mohr worked as editor and publisher of Momentum Press. He has a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, San Diego, and is currently an Associate Professor at CSU Long Beach.

The author blogs at:

More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond

Part One: The Publisher Speaks with Poet & Lit Historian, Bill Mohr at IF SF Publishing (27 March 2012)

Part Two: Let’s Not Deceive Ourselves about the Lack of Engaged Literacy in this Country at IF SF Publishing (28 March 2012)

Part Three: A Poem Is Language Occupying the Architectural Infrastructure of Language... at IF SF Publishing (29 March 2012)

Why the Heart Never Develops Cancer, in Luvina; two-minute video reading at YouTube by www.Poetry.LA (May 2010)

Three Poems in Moonday, Moonday Poetry (2006); includes “Naked Chef,” “Your Skin,” and “Big Band, Slow Dance”

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