two snapshots

He rolls the dice in his hand and repeats quietly
butthole, butthole, butthole
as a small prayer for good luck with his roll

He stands inches from the tv screen
feet angled towards each other
the right toes resting on the left
intentionally mismatched socks

Narrates a running commentary of what he is doing
in the video game he plays while I sit and watch him

– July 11 and August 25, 2020

July 24, 2020

In the evening
cicadas chorus in trees

sun sets

The reeded whiiiir whiiiir whiiiir
rise fall overlap crescendo drone

We read a chapter

then notice


All as one
cicadas finish for the day

Then later
crickets and katydids sing
soft in grass
disparate soloists
a faint song to match tinnitus ring


July 6 and July 9, 2020

Lightning bugs
branches ripe with leaves breeze
swaying against evening purple sky

The small rabbit eating wild lettuce
in our back yard
sometimes in sun
sometimes in shade
able to hide below our grass

Sitting on the front steps
cicadas rise and fall in waves
wind through the trees

Lightning bugs in the grass near the street

Heat still in the evening
the neighbor walks her dog and says hello

Later, rain and lightning

June 25, 2020

fireworks in the distance
occasional cool breeze through the windows

A skunk eating in the back yard
the white of its stripes visible and not much else

Look very carefully
its bushy tail appears as black shadow
against black night

Its head tucked down beneath the grass

the sound of eating

June 13 and June 15, 2020

Awake at night
Salt caramel ice cream
Kiss singing on tv
Then Depeche Mode
Why am I awake?

Freight train
Motorcycles on the highway
Small explosions in night air

flotation device 17

Hello friends! It has been about a year and here is a new issue of flotation device. I’m not entirely sure how it is possible, but I guess I’m on what can be considered a regular schedule again.

This one is about music. I guess three of the last four have now been about music in some way. But this one is from the perspective of music listener. Listening to specific music at specific points in time. A few shows I saw in person and things that happened while I was at said show. Music and memory.

If you are interested you can find it over at ye olde etsy shoppe.

Also, thee amazing Superknova let me use that photo of her on the cover. You can hear her excellent music over here:

July 24, 2020


In a fear of state violence
Bodies crushed and trampled

Teenagers, adolescents to the front
They are in charge
Should have been our parents
Should have been us
We failed and now it is them

They inspire
They love
They protect
And they build


A state in the process of unbecoming
Unable to fulfill basic requirements
Unable to fulfill basic social compacts
In the face of capital grinding


Seams cracks rifts
Opportunities violent with futures
Suffer horrors, needless and preventable

What is what we will make?

radio free jp – june 2020

School’s Out – Alice Cooper
I Hate Rock n Roll – The Jesus and Mary Chain
Entirely Different Matters – Unwound
No No No – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Great Blacks – Georgia Anne Muldrow
Water – Silver Apples
Broken Hearted – DJ Rashad
Cream Theme – Mouse on Mars
Mockingbirds – Grant Lee Buffalo
Such A Joke – Vivian Girls
Smile – Elastica
Str06 – Mu-Ziq
Magnetic North – Polwechsel
Poeme non epique – Catherine Ribeiro + ALPES
Louves – Monarch
Ramble On – Led Zeppelin
Mi Concha – Malportado Kids
Amor Verde – Chicano Batman
Last Words – 23 Skidoo
Host – Ovef Ow
Olita Del Altamar – Cafe Tacuba
Do You Remember The First Time? – Pulp
Incarcerated Scarfaces – El Michels Affair
WRLA – People Under The Stairs
Sun of the East – Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell
GX1 Solo – The Tuss
la revelación de morti fire – agnes pe
Fifth Worship – II – Kali Malone
Retrofit – Hot Snakes
Little Dreamer – Jobriath
I Can’t Wait To Get Off Work (And See My Baby) – Tom Waits

reading watching listening


I Am, Resilience, and Planted – Polly Richards
The Man Who Came Downstairs – Celine Loup
Truth Is Fragmentary – Gabrielle Bell
They’re Not Like Us: Volume One, Black Holes for the Young – Eric Stephenson, Simon Gane
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec Volume 1 – Jacques Tardi
Proof I Exist #30 and #31 – Billy Mccall
The 100 Nights of Hero – Isabel Greenberg
Stages of Rot – Linnea Sterte
Christmas Stories – John Porcellino
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World – Pénélope Bagieu
The Hospital Suite – John Porcellino
Palm Ash and Good Night Seattle – Julia Gfrorer
Truths 1-3, We Need More Plants, This Actually Happened 1-3 – Stef Luhrs

The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance
Star Trek Enterprise
The Avengers
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Wonder Woman
The Cat Returns
Teen Titans Go!
The Avengers: Infinity War
Ugly Delicious
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
Harley Quinn
A World Apart
Back to the Future
Iron Man
The Floor is Lava
Batman –
Tim Burton

Midnight Moonlight – Ravyn Lenae
Dhakar – Deena Abdelwahed
Diffusion is a Force – Martina Lussi
Inkanakuntu – Muqata’a
Golem – 33EMYBW
Sing As The Crow Flies – Laura Cannell & Polly Wright
BITCHPUNK – Debby Friday
Essaka Hoisa – WaqWaq Kingdom
Dusty – Homeboy Sandman
Phew! – The Last Guide for a Western Obituary – Marcela Lucatelli
Kontrapoetik – Maria w Horn
Random Transient Noise Bursts With Announcements and Mars Audiac Quintet– Stereolab
Complete Discography – Moss Icon