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“During a Sandstorm, in a Heat Wave, at Fort Bliss” – Poetry by Jasper Lo

Fort Bliss, Texas Monday, April 20, 2012 – Soldiers of Apache Troop 1st Cavalry 1st Regiment prepare for air assault training during Network Integration Evaluation 12.2. Photo by Jasper Lo
Fort Bliss, Texas; Monday, April 20, 2012 – Soldiers of Apache Troop 1st Squadron 1st Cavalry Regiment prepare for air assault training during Network Integration Evaluation 12.2. Photo by Jasper Lo

“During a Sandstorm, in a Heat Wave, at Fort Bliss” is one of two haunting yet beautiful poems from our Spring 2015 issue that are inspired by Jasper Lo‘s military days.

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THERE ARE TIMES I CANNOT STAND
in my skin; it lies
on me like a visitor. Oh, it happens

without warning, creeping across
my shoulders before I wake; behind
my eyes when I scrape my tongue. 

Sometimes it drips down my back
when I drive home from Bliss. But I feel
it above me at night, when my circling fan thumps.

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Jasper ProfileJASPER LO is a Chinese-American twenty-something US Army veteran. He is recovering from the trauma of being raised Chinese in New York and is a graduate of Boston University.

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“The Burning Moon” – Poetry by Jasper Lo

Strong Dream - Paul Klee, 1929
Strong Dream – Paul Klee, 1929

“The Burning Moon” is one of two haunting yet beautiful poems by Jasper Lo featured in our Spring 2015 issue.

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LAST NIGHT, I DREAMT
the blue moon
caught fire. Its marble

craters formed
Greek columns as fire consumed
each pillar, pulling its Ionic scrolls

into the dark carpet sky.
As it burned,
I lay pushing against the ground,

watching a patrol breathe fog
into their chemical masks.
I flipped down my night vision goggle

and watched quietly as my squad pulled
me closer to our exit; my hip sliding
and my legs shimmying

towards the entrance
of a tunnel.
The moon breathed, burning

more violently, sobbing
combustion. Touching
the door, I turned to see a figure

hoisted in a carry, illuminated
by the patrol’s lights. Then I sprinted
arriving at the stairway’s

secluded base where my body
weight became unbearable
and my stomach dived.

Last night, I dreamt
the cheesy blue moon immolated-
and I watched it burn.

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Jasper ProfileJASPER LO is a Chinese-American twenty-something US Army veteran. He is recovering from the trauma of being raised Chinese in New York and is a graduate of Boston University.

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Starring Wm. Samuel Bradford, Vajra Chandrasekera, Juliet Cook, Sagnik Datta, Ariel Dawn, Robin Wyatt Dunn, j/j hastain, Rebecca Havens, Anna Lea Jancewicz, Sally J. Johnson, Ian Kappos, Damien Krsteski, Rachna Kulshrestha, Jasper Lo, Danielle Perry, Arman Safa, Bud Smith, Kailey Tedesco, and Jasmyne Womack

FLAPPERHOUSE Reading #2, In Pictures

A thousand salty, squishy thank-yous to all who helped make Reading #2 such a smash: Pacific Standard for offering their super-cool space; Bud, Jasper, Eric, Lauren, & Diana for reading their flappy lits; Alibi for the gorgeous singing & photography; and of course, all you sexy people who came to listen & buy paperbacks.

What do you say we do it again this summer?…

all photos by Alibi Jones

Bud Smith slays the crowd with poems about cheeseburgers & his car.

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Jasper Lo shares some dark yet beautiful poems inspired by his time in the military.

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Eric Siegelstein tells us what it’s like to talk to the dead in “Ghost-Sick Jarvis,” an excerpt from his novel-in-progress.

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Lauren recites her unique style of sultry, sensual poetry.

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Diana Clarke reads “Blood Ties,” her tale of menstrual anxiety from FLAPPERHOUSE #3.

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