©2022 Michael Raven

clockwork man he
ticktocks back his
pastlingering self
a machine in the
ghost sighing at
wishingwells while
the killing jar scoops
him up, terrifying
grin at a captured
hasbeen to be pinned
onto foamcut to
aesthetic aseptic core


©2021 Michael Raven

needles and pins and
pins and needles

scattered chaotic arrays
hands clutching and crushing
crushing and shushing
the fluttering life between
her two palms

button eye sewn mother
with ether chokes daughter
inside the killing glass jar
her prize specimen to fix
to a shadowbox wall
the collector needs
to own them all

needles and pins and
pins and needles
Photo by NEOSiAM 2021 on