The Robot Petting Zoo

Look for it close to the Amazon warehouse district,
not race tracks or the railroad station.

Don’t expect auto-vacuums or auto-lawnmowers,
it’s a fur-ever home for snuggle pups that don’t grow

into rambunctious black labs and for calico cuddle cats
that purr at any touch and home in on shoulders

in bed. Admission fees are need-based; declare
your loneliness on a scale of one to ten. Best

to come alone for the cheapest price, and best
deals are on Friday just after work, advertised

as Thank God I Feel Friday when you have one hour
for free. Leave your striped tie at home; the goat

teases by trying to chew on ties but gladly accepts
carrots. Shoelaces are sometimes a problem.

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Roadside

Kyle Kutz is a semi-recent graduate of Kutztown University, earning his B.A. in professional writing. His work has appeared in Expressions, Essence, Shoofly, Draft, The Jet Press, Better Than Starbucks!, Not Your Mother’s Breast Milk, Gumption, WORK, and Aberration Labyrinth. He resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, writing freelance for LNP and marketing for Woven Spectrums, a […]

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Left with the Care of the Farm

Left with the Care of the Farm The banty rooster’s strident call is light years from grinding war, spinning news, suspicions of sects and warring politicians. His raucous bluster reminds me of a push-button toy gargling squawks only a child enjoys. A hawk whistles across the pasture. The rooster heard it, a wild away. He […]

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On Floaters and Flashes

I’m filling my Earl Grey tea cup this morning at work when the weirdest water cooler conversation bubbles up. “Let me ask you a strange question.” I smile nervously, “OK.” “You ever close your eyes and press your fingers into your eyelids?” “Yeah, fireworks light show.” “Exactly!” He flutters his eyes closed and lightly demonstrates […]

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Full Of Content

Out of every fashion and design event taking place in Portland in the fall, this is the one I get most excited about. For the fourth year, the Ace Hotel presents live fashion and design installations in 28 of their hotel rooms. Each designer and artist is allowed a room as their framework to construct […]

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song bird

something moved, sparkled and i began untying knots nimble fingers rifling through the jewelry box, digging deftly sorting rings, hoops and chains and things with teeth, gathered them up and plucked them out, separate as harp strings. the stories came tumbling then, and ghosts breathed out, back into incarnate skin, turned to dance but stumbled […]

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