Friday, February 20, 2015


A Deck of Cards

The surface of a skirt —
The surfeit of flesh —

Deviants will save us!
The crew will shave us.

Prep our skin, slap it
skim and rosy. Ready.

Rolling. Film’s in.
“A scientific work

of pornography”
I write, rehearse my own.

Rarely will status quo
suffice. Wager

a pair of bits. Tonight
play it hard: three-

of-a-kind. I’d not bet
on hearts. All on black.

All on jacks.
All on clubs. All on.

Spin. Skin strikes,
bends. I win, I win

is what I tell myself
alone, at night.

— Peter Burzynski

Peter Burzynski is a second-year PhD student in Creative Writing-Poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a M.F.A. in Poetry from The New School University, and a M.A. in Polish Literature from Columbia University.  

In between his studies, Peter has worked as a Sous-Chef in New York City and Milwaukee. His poetry has appeared in The Best American Poetry Blog, Yes Poetry, Thrush Poetry Review, Your Impossible Voice, The Unrorean, BORT Quarterly, Hobo Pancakes,The Great Lakes Review, Kritya, Bar None Group, Zombie Logic Review, Souvenir Lit Journal, White Stag Journal, and Fuck Poems Anthology. He has poems forthcoming from RHINO, Prick of the Spindle, The Mackinac, The Portland Review, and Forklift Ohio.

Pie-eyed is the last of four Peter Burzynski poems that the Bar None Group has featured over the course of four months — poems that touched on: religion; Christmas; winter and; in the eyes of this reader, the debauchery that is and was Mardi Gras in New Orleans. We first met Peter at the 2011 Academy of American Poets Awards Ceremony in New York City where he shared with us his poem, Cemetery.

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