• living green – Rex Butters
• At the 99 Cents Store Off Lincoln Boulevard – Krista Swimmer
• Beachhead – RF Wagner, Jr.
• Beachhead Loves Venice – erica snowlake
• The Heroic Age of Venice – Jim Smith
• Billie Holiday – Majid Naficy
• Spearhead with a new face – Hillary Kaye
• 8 Guys Behind A Bar – Mark Lipman
By Rex Butters
you’re happy to call yourself a friend of the earth
but how much is the life of an animal worth?
you recycle plastic/you recycle paper
but when it comes to animals you’re a Green World raper
tell me, don’t you think it’s odd
you say life is sacred, except for that cod
breaded and fried in your fish and chips
unnecessary killing shines on your lips
you speak in green living platitudes
while you live archaic Abrahamic attitudes
that state animals live to fill your need
self blinding justification for your primitive greed
you’re so sensitive, so spiritually aware
yet fear drenched muscle tissue tastes totally fair
you claim to be psychic and know where it’s at
but you’ve clogged your receptors with animal fat
the tortured caged hens with chopped beaks and feet
sick and insane, to you that’s good enough to eat
use your head, try to think for a change
did the chicken die happy ‘cause you called it free range?
your wannabe Indian or pagan pretense
insults Nature with your costume party offense
you pat yourself on the back because you killed it wild
no feedlots, no hormones, no Nature defiled?
who are you fooling with your hypocrisy now?
not the deer you shot down instead of eating a cow
not the fish suffocating with a spike in its head
chant under the moon, another animal’s dead
times ain’t Neolithic, you can shop at a store
buy the sustainable nutrients you’re killing for
you drag noble traditions through the selfishness mud to satisfy your perpetual lust for blood
it’s century 21, why are you wearing pelts?
you don’t need strips of steer skin for your shoes and belts
everywhere people talk about the strange weather
then grab a stylish jacket made out of leather
it’s hotter every year, will there be no relief?
Amazon rainforests cleared to graze cheap beef
animals are beings with consciousness, too
subjugated mutilated in the name of you
remember as you suck down your spongy brain burger
how now ground cow?
meat is murder
At the 99 Cents Store Off Lincoln Boulevard
i am standing in line
at the 99 Cents Store
holding 2 cans
of shaving cream –
a pink one for me,
a green one for my husband –
& the line
A clerk opens a new line
to direct an old black man
with a cane to be the first
when from behind me
a scowling latino girl
to leap in front.
i hold my arm out
to stop her & she does
something in spanish. i hate
line jumpers & this one
to mow down the old guy.
The rest of the line
like marching ants
but when i get up to the cashier
she tells me
“that girl says she was
in front of you.”
i reply, “no, she wasn’t!”
& turn to see her
glaring at the floor.
A second mexican woman
immediately backs me up.
i am satisfied
that i have stopped
in her tracks today.