BRENDAN ALLEN

FROM THE CORRIDORS






ticket holders

pass freely

---

streams

chirp


whole

nests

unpacket

---

there’s guns, sure

---

the man who does the pat-downs

notices you, waves at your dog

---

all the power

of the lanyard


you suit up

you read the terms

agreement’s scrollbar

grease-slick

---

nobody notices the broken turnstile

the receipt-laden gears

the chipped scanner

now dry, sticky

---

you fit

the headset

untangle

the velcro

from your hair

---

against your glasses

the headphones bulge



a tutorial

of air

---

blue ovals rasterize

seamless skybox

effects

---

clover

becomes

cloud

---

birds

emerge

from nothing

---

dirty finch on loop

eating bathing

idle fluttering

landing eating

bathing idle

fluttering landing



animation targets soft bodies

you intuit the barrier

---

strands of perfect berries

glimmer and sing

buffer zone fodder

bayberry for winter warbler

---

you crawl through the brush

snags

on your pack

each branch a vibration

---

you reach a soft handled glow

an exit lit blood red

you turn your wrist

pow it’s easy


a gentle hand

on your clicker

it guides you

---

you aim with the walls

you feel encouraged, pull the trigger

---

approximate the

shattering

now increase

the radius

panic just a vector

---

confrontation:

a bad

tactic


you think of mobility


you hide with the staff

---

real

time

strategy

---

class-based

role

play


BRENDAN ALLEN is a recent graduate of Temple University's MFA in poetry. He now lives in Indiana and teaches writing as an assistant professor at Trine University. He's the creator of CentoQuest, a choose-your-own-adventure, poem-generating video game, and his work has recently appeared in DIAGRAM, Prolit, BAG, Landlocked, and Voicemail Poems.