J.D Nelson

J. D. Nelson (b. 1971) experiments with words in his subterranean laboratory. His poetry has appeared in many small press publications, worldwide, since 2002. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Cinderella City (The Red Ceilings Press, 2012). Nelson’s work is influenced by the Beat writers, especially the cut-up techniques pioneered by William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac’s spontaneous prose techniques. Most of his work is created through the cutting up and collaging of his own daily freewriting. His work is also influenced by Dada and Surrealism. His poem, “to mask a little bird” was nominated for Best of the Net in 2021. Visit http://MadVerse.com for more information and links to his published work. Nelson lives in Colorado, USA.


to cook a leopard
use a tick bug, one stripe

were you a king’s cousin?
were you a worried toad?

lessen now

on the day of the earth
we learn of a new apple

when we were bakers
we ate the bread of heaven

the cricket is the known owl

the blue wallow
a third of the bubbles

a marchy angle
the eagles game

the popcorn poe
the underlined sour

the stolen gourds
a marble maybe

the glossy name
the clean wheat

study a french fax

carpet loaf coupe

I’m in the wrong culinary tree
I’m in the hammock of the wren

let’s lose these tree skulls
let’s let these trees be free

I’m doctor sea rock
I’m clay-brain of the tipping shoe

why wouldn’t a flash matter to a rabbit?

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