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A Note on the Process: Despite the potentially deceptive titles, the following poems are the so-called “original” work of the poet Travis Macdonald. They were composed by rearranging the words of others into entirely new orders, meanings and forms. The poem from which each is adapted, and the book where it can be found, is footnoted for reference.



by Natalie Lyalin* 


The terrible heart of the flower 
flowers outside: heads suspended in a window

Out stepped my weird meaty neighbor

The world wore away
the closed curtains
that surrounded
his undulated tongue

But not the tusks!
They remained

Saturday stopped by early
with a swiped necklace

I sat by the water 
smoking up some ribs
Things bloomed in wisps
to resemble it more

I did

*from Blood Makes Me Faint But I Go For It, “Saturday”


shredder, be mine

by Bruce Covey*


Whenever I want to feel about something I go full monumental and then:

Sometimes I travel up through a theme to reach a form and there’s the great programming 
fingertips of clouds…

Sometimes the substanceless cliff is too close and arctangent and the water is wet but it 

Sometimes minigolfing without a ball can put a pirate like myself on par to water many 

Sometimes I’m talking and the feel of infinite uninterrupted failing seems to run the 

Sometimes that running tunnel has repetition entropy and my moments’ strands are a 
course in what I was before…

Sometimes the sentences crest during a syntax crash and those sounds are ends near here 
that I need…

*from Change Machine, “Arctangent”




Travis Macdonald was recently named a 2014 Pew Fellow in the Arts. He is the author of two full-length books – The O Mission Repo [vol.1] (Fact-Simile Editions) and N7ostradamus (BlazeVox Books) – as well as several chapbooks, including: Basho’s Phonebook (E-ratio), BAR/koans (Erg Arts), Sight & Sigh (Beard of Bees), Time (Stoked Press) and Hoop Cores (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press). He is a Don Draper impersonator by day. By night he co-edits Fact-Simile Editions near Philadelphia with his wife JenMarie.