Literary Orphans

Room 27: Withdrawal Symptoms, Moist and Deadly by Peter Marra


observations of

crimes. the machines

are pumping fast.

the highway is breathing. the  gas fumes ignited

we’re traveling on the rubber slide

(drawn and quartered)

look inside the house.

the creatures stare at each

other as they touch lightly.

moist secrets that we can’t see. the logic of pornography.


this door burns

just by my touch

a gentle cleansing – it’s gone.

wildfires under her lungs

as the voices under the stairs

emitted raspy sounds.

enjoy the fetish of car crash victims


the breath is drawn

crawling hands knead her round and round

diabolical massage and the convulsion is at first loud

(now quiet).




vintage rage. a country colt. strap down.

ride along the highway. blur, shadows;

watch the women play.

you can’t go out.

high screeching voices.

their victim limps away while

they hold and tear apart

the brain they have stolen.

sitting down, they laugh then go home to watch TV.


she can’t. it’s unavailable because

this sitcom has been canceled.


gorgeous nails and feet

better to rip and tread

remember the smell so faint so deadly

ooze of color

a tender swirl




a charcoal sketch of her image was presented to her


she stared blankly as she said,

“please bathe me.

I am so dirty.”

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Peter Marra’s writings explore alienation, addiction, the functions and misuses of love, the curse of secrets, victimization and assorted obsessions. He has had over 200 poems published either in print or online in over 25 journals. His latest published work is approximate lovers (downtown materialaktion) published by Bone Orchard  Press. An e-chapbook,  peep-o-rama (Hammer and Anvil Books) is available as a Kindle Edition at Amazon. Peter has recently completed a new poetry collection Vanished Faces (a performance of occult infections) to be published in 2017 by Writing Knights Press.


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