Yelp Review – Sci Fi City

We wanted to shower those we had crushes on with pelts of imaginary animals, make a catwalk from the bones of our enemies; we didn’t learn fast enough that love is not a throat you slit.


Yelp Review – The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne

Here, we are songs that hide our intentions rather than finding the words to lay them out like a flight of stairs or an empty elevator shaft. We pretend to be gorgeous so we can look back at our frozen selves and ask: fire or scissors.


Yelp Review – The Lakeland Center

Your shoulder dares you to play it as an instrument against the ring of bodies. Remember the notes as they form welts. Remind yourself what you recorded will lure no one into your backseat.


Yelp Review – Cash America

Ask the engagement rings what was the last straw. Ask the leaf blowers what they spelled on driveways, in gutters. Ask the televisions where was home.

J. Bradley’s is a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominated writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals including decomP, Hobart, and Prairie Schooner. He was the Interviews Editor of PANK, the Flash Fiction Editor of NAP, and the Web Editor of Monkeybicycle. He is the author of the poetry collection Dodging Traffic (Ampersand Books, 2009), the novella Bodies Made of Smoke (HOUSEFIRE, 2012), and the graphic poetry collection The Bones of Us (YesYes Books, 2014), illustrated by Adam Scott Mazer. He is the curator of the Central Florida reading series There Will Be Words and lives at
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