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Spring/Summer 2001Volume II Issue II


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M Sarki's poems have been published in the New Orleans Review; Borderlands, A Texas Review of Poetry; elimae; Archipelago and other literary publications. 

A first collection of poems titled ZIMBLE ZAMBLE ZUMBLE, edited with a foreword by Gordon Lish, has recently been published by elimae books and can be found on the web at

M Sarki is also Associate Poetry Editor at 5_Trope.

Everything for Moppel

M Sarki

Packed for years in
Her omentum, he felt dolce
And so queeved himself

Doughy. What had been
Previously noted as a
Superb disposition

Soured on him, fat as
He was. But, fortuitously,
His araneous woman

Exercised him until he
Minimized himself into
A mere speck on the

Flank of one of her smallish,
But now entirely
Sufficient, udders.

Such abundance the
God wanted more.

2001 by M Sarki

Also by M Sarki:

Descending Argot of a Retired Hog Farmer

Daniella in the Palace

The Replete Performance of My Only Esquire