Multum in Parvo

By Niko Nelson

AFTER COMBUSTION

go into darkness without questions
away from light
from lozenge red
clouded by 6 A.M. blue
from boarding-time blue
stay within that coziness
of Kalamazoo book lounges
in the shade of altitudes
gridlocked on cities’ frozen lakes
unseen from the driver’s seat
pilot doesn’t know when to stop

must trust brain plane plateaus
or pilot levels
at 30,000
or 3,000

comfortable cloud tops ripple
like dog or octopus head
exploding in mouth
though dog is metaphor
like painted mountain tops
or Bukowski at a Mexican bar
explaining himself

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Niko Nelson

Niko Nelson / About Author

Niko Nelson is a poet from the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her BA in Literary Studies from The New School and this past May received her Creative Writing MFA from Otis College of Art and Design. Niko is the founder of a literary skateboard magazine, OUTLAWiNG, and her work has previously appeared in journals and magazines like Empty Mirror, JustGo and Art Nouveau.

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