Joshua Ware

Poetry Clichés

after AWP 2012


Birds of bones
perched in ghost

trees sing
in my mouth


Flowers on the farm
bloom into animals
riddled with moonlight.


Across bedroom oceans
dreams ebb and flow
on pillow tides.


My invisible lungs
breathe solid

atmosphere, filling
my body with concrete.

Joshua Ware lives in Denver, CO. His first book, Homage to Homage to Homage to Creeley, won the 2010 Furniture Press Poetry Prize and was published in 2011. He is the author of several chapbooks, three of which will be released in 2012: Imaginary Portraits (Greying Ghost Press); How We Remake the World, co-written with Trey Moody and winner of the first annual Slope Editions Chapbook Prize; and SDVIG (alice blue books), co-written with Natasha Kessler. His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, Hobart, The Journal, ILK, Nano Fiction, and Third Coast.