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Spotlight: Robert Wilson

Hi All

It's a great day to share with you the work of someone I find highly talented. Today, it is a pleasure to share with you the poetry of Robert Wilson.

I first ran across Robert's poems fairly recently - and immediately felt a connection to his writing. His ability to write about mental health issues realistically (and personally) is second-to-none.

Here is Robert in his own words:

Robert J. W. is a poet and writer from Morgantown, WV that is known for his work about mental health and memory. He is the poetry editor for Dumpster Fire Press and has been writing poetry for 20 years now. He has frequently published collections with Alien Buddha Press (including Dusty Video Game Cartridges and Bed of Bones) as well as being featured in several of their zines and anthologies. He has also been featured in FromOneLine Volume 2, A Thin Slice Of Anxiety, Rye Whiskey Review, Literary Revelations Journal, and Roi Fainéant. He enjoys listening to music, meditating, reading, and hanging with friends. You can find him on Facebook @robertjwwriter as well as Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Tumblr, and Threads @robertjw4688 and Patreon at\

Here are two poems by Robert Wilson - and, I'm certain you'll enjoy them as much as I do! ______________

Look Away From The Neon Doomsayers

We gargle sugar water and cut ourselves on circles. The satellites tell us

“everything is fucked!” so we wrap ourselves in duct tape instead of performing surgery. We steal the souls from

one another, searching for an answer that will

only exist when we inhale and exhale. Look away from the neon doomsayers and

look inside to the bones. We’re built for better days

than we give ourselves. ____

The Ultimate Rebellion

To end this life is to end all of the others

I’ve lived and am currently living.

I cannot abide.

For every inner child drowning in tar, another is building

a spacecraft to explore the breath. I pray to my own hands for both of them.

I will make it.

To survive is to rebel.

Photo: Robert Wilson.

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