The Unabomber’s cabin: deciduous, land plotted.
Scholars upended it, delved symbols in scratch marks.
Some Montanas you can’t equate,
plume manifestos cobbled from the scaffold of last renown.
Devalued syllables end up scrap metal,
a powder keg flawed by furtive links.
Most scoffed at the plume’s manifest, denounced it as gaffe.
An aerie’s slum, his cedar shack
< a furtive pewter flawed by cognate links.
Theorem to fuse: his backstory, cadenced math.
Cedar arias hummed in a shack,
their phonemes left a glycerin trace,
fuse theory condensed to backwood math.
Bomb-carbon’s tinder to a lone plat,
its phoneme left of a Luddite glyph.
Some mountains you can’t equate.
Unabomber Speech Act
It’s not that sibling a deal,
turning your flesh and bomb over.
What nitro is to technology,
we are to family.
David, if you were the most wanted
would I burden you to a life
of lockdown in this Supermax
erasing me? Contraband Montanan,
like napalm in a needlestack
I manifesto myself free.
Tankas for Armageddon Housekeeping
We stave archangels
with lye, ask whether Clorox
is haints sweeping at
surface malice, abetting
a serum thru threnody.
Scour the bunker then
evanesce; father, bristle,
The laundry chute embalmed as
museum to end-clothes flocks.
We let bygones be
dendrites, wondered when I’d hold
the prayer shawl made of
peroxide wipes. A psalm’s cleft
palate, book-enveloped wax.
A kitchen psychic
takes vibes to a paring knife
(birth signs impression-
ing the pie crust), bifurcates
a cutting board’s afterlife.
Mason jars – basement
answer to terracotta
near the air pump; ferrymen
repent, coxswain the tool bench.
Jon Riccio studied viola performance at Oberlin College and the Cleveland Institute of Music. A PhD candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers, his work appears in apt, Booth, Cleaver, CutBank Online, Switchback, Redivider, and Waxwing, among others. He received his MFA from the University of Arizona.