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A Fable

An anxious Jew, always waiting
for the other shoe to drop,

met a spirited latina who could,
God forbid, lose one leg
and keep dancing on the other.

Vowing to adopt her point of view,
he traded in his tiresome oy vays
for her exuberant olés.

In his guayabera shirt,
he planted red hibiscus by the porch,
worrying endlessly
that they would shrivel in the heat.

A Collaboration with LEXICON POLAROID


lexicon polaroid - pop culture. by big pauper aka the pig bauper.


MONAD / Lindsay Allison Ruoff

I don’t want a man unless

he’s perfect in Miami

begin my unpaid mediumship

as the television

thinking I could be your

new moon

we were always

the worst window

but a decent wave

we wane

we are the same

in the middle of the ocean

float with the vigilance of

administrators of poverty


is a goal



for your birthday I

give you my right to vote

good bye, dudes,

I’m a raw fish

good bye

a year of no dreams/ Lindsay Allison Ruoff

hands of snakes

shaking hands

with snakes

I confront:

having a

woman’s heart

the fat brown

squirrels playing

on the gaudy

Russian tombs

sun up to sun down

“you don’t have

to get over it

you don’t have

to do anything”


Long awaited, and it is now right here. You can view & read the latest, tiny issue of Lexicon Polaroid entirely online.

Go here to read LP3.5: MORE VIDEO.

Each film in this issue is based on a different poem or set of poems. The filmmakers didn’t know the poets, not even their names, while reading, interpreting, & creating these videos. As always, what’s come of these six poems is different & similar to the heart of where it started. Read, watch, & enjoy.

In this issue: Zosia Wiatr, Lindsay Allison Ruoff, Hajara Quinn, B Timon, Liz Mehl, Sara Woods, & Roland Wu.

We’ll have a reading & screening in Portland this month. Keep yr eyes peeled for details on the party.


I am still reading & accepting poetry submissions for the third issue of Lexicon Polaroid. The issue is shaping up nicely, and I want to read more! Get your submission to lexiconpolaroid@gmail.com by October 31, 2013!

I am in need of people who make video. If you are a video artist, contact me at that same email address and let’s get you involved with our first video issue.

Full submissions guidelines can be found here: http://lexiconpolaroid.tumblr.com/guidelines


WE ARE A VISTA / Hajara Quinn // film by Roland Wu // from LP3.5

A window is only as strong

as its weakest view.

My eyes go on importing

more than they export.

Windchimes in the month of March.

Windchimes in June.

This is the view I’m

indentured to.

PRETERNATURALLY SPEAKING / Hajara Quinn // film by Roland Wu

Ontologically I was a drumroll

even if empirically and categorically

I was a caterpillar in the grass.

I led a plush and deciduous life

existentially speaking

while you led an ethically fraught one.

Aesthetically you were never confessional

but technically you were on your knees

and basically I was the wall of sound.

Metaphysically, though not

ostentatiously, I was hung up on

the Grand Canyon.

Perfunctorily we were an excerpt

from a longer work

but we never did learn

how to effectively use one another

in a sentence.

When it came to definitions

you were resolute.

When it came to atomic weight

I was a birthstone.

Theoretically I was spinning out

into the world in the fingers of the future

whose golden spindle I was,

but in practice I was still only a drumroll.

IKEA COFFIN / Matt Rippon

(714) 591-XXXX


still in box.

Each screw/ & dowel &

locking turny thing still

stored/ in airtight seethrough

plastic bag. No

glue/ nor nails requirʼd to

seal the fiberboard./ A

flathead driver only needed

for/ assembly; guided by

instructions not/ a word will

tell, but cartoons show how

youʼre/ to build it. Fits a

small adult and plot./ 1,000-

time-test, creakless hinges

close/ the lid. A futon

mattress pads the walls./

On outside, sheets of wood

veneer compose/ a look of

natureʼs finish fit for palls/

sri lankan made in crowded

factories./ for price call;

serious buyers only please


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