Breath & Shadow

A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature

Winter 2012
Volume 9 Issue 1




By Jimmy Burns

IV drip drips a quick fix.
Impoundment disgust
of abandoned food particles-
reservoir between stroke
and bleeding gums-
tongue refuses to speak,
unrecognizable voice,
sound melds to gibberish,
slur inflicted from lips,
right brain poetry recital,
deluded conflict derision
of left side anarchy-
turn page, greet another day-
utter confusion during silence.

Public Execution

By Jimmy Burns

Left side deficit
tyranny of nerves and flesh,
garage sales, flea markets,
        church bazaars,
seek wheelchairs
to buy on the cheap
{rob mobility of its parts}
claim art works of
engage conversation with
change  dollars to ''''''''quarters
                      spasm wave
load goodbye on ramp
         to shut-in status.

These Days

By Jimmy Burns

Near the edge of never more-
exit swinging hospital doors-
miscued words jumble haphazard syntax
labored exposition drooled downward chin-
comprehensive muddle-nouns exchanged
within exaggerated culture of verb phrases:
back brain Mozart pianos solo sonata-
murmur collides with disconnection-
present tense eaten by past and future.

Jimmy Burns writes his poetry from his wheelchair parked at his rural home near Houston. Disability poems included in Chest, Edgz, Homestead Review, Pegasus, and Wordgathering. Poetry by Burns has been nominated for a Pushcart award. In 2009 Burns won an Inglis House award.

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