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Aug 20, 2012

They Never Heard of You South of the Sahara - Kyle Hemmings & Clung/Futures - eleanor leonne bennett


You're an empty bottle of horny goat weed. Or maybe I am. I rummage through my bathroom cabinet and tear off every label that reads: Take as indicated. I'll walk into the kitchen in my extra large bathrobe, (the one you gave me after your aunt told her boyfriend to kiss her ass and his mother who had a crush on her--later, gator) like I'm real regal and all, like I'm Rex Harrison about to sing into the silent choir of tables and chairs. Pretending I can make the toaster levitate. Yesterday, I became so desperate I made love to the cleaning lady whose tongue tasted like soap with a hint of lime. Afterwards, she smiled, slapped me, then, turned into an angel. I went home, played some early Moby, and threw out the bread maker and all those anonymous postcards from Khartoum. 
I'm going crazy sleeping next to your negation, searching for you in closets, hearing your voice on infomercials at 3:a.m. You were selling an electronic mop and some digital shit that can scare away mice with enormous IQs. Although I was two feet taller than you, looking back, I realized that we fitted like hand and glove. These days, everything is on hold or it just breaks mysteriously. On the TV last night, you still had a body most men--eyes as fathomless as dirty sinkholes, hearts of leaky valves-- would kill for. It's just that back then I never used Liquid-Plumr. I swirled for days, felt you up with soap suds in my eyes. 

Kyle Hemmings is the author of several chapbooks of poetry and prose: Avenue C, Cat People, and Anime Junkie (Scars Publications). His latest e-books are You Never Die in Wholes from Good Story Press and The Truth about Onions from Good Samaritan. He lives and writes in New Jersey.

Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 16 year old internationally award winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic,The World Photography Organisation, Nature's Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland trust and Postal Heritage. Her photography has been published in the Telegraph , The Guardian, BBC News Website and on the cover of books and magazines in the United states and Canada. Her art is globally exhibited , having shown work in London, Paris, Indonesia, Los Angeles,Florida, Washington, Scotland,Wales, Ireland,Canada,Spain,Germany, Japan, Australia and The Environmental Photographer of the year Exhibition (2011) amongst many other locations. She was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus run See The Bigger Picture global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year Of Biodiversity 2010. 


  1. Have not people been sleeping with negations since all the way back before early Moby and digital? Or have they? Did the shepherds who kept their herds on our dismal island lie to us?

  2. moby is completely overrated. so are shepherds.

  3. Pretending I can make the toaster levitate. Yesterday, I became so desperate I made love to the cleaning lady whose tongue tasted like soap with a hint of lime.

    Wonderful writing, KH. Bravo.