“Belly Dancing Channel” by Tim Kahl

bariatric surgery for
Wal-Mart cashier leads to
work at dirt track gift shop

dogs on battlefield
operate surgical robot
with wagging tail
task force of terriers
mends bonds between
soldiers and organ donors

senator’s secret son
forgets jester’s hat
still manages to
get through rite of passage

giant goldfish in lake
decides to stop bullying victims
anti-social minnows reflect on
their history as tasty morsel

belly dancing channel
taken off air
in favor of gynecologist’s
videotaped sessions

mammograms of hackers
upset shareholders
for security guard startup
reluctant to interact
with Twitterverse


Tim Kahl is the author of Possessing YourselfThe Century of Travel and The String of Islands. He is also editor of Bald Trickster Press and Clade Song. He is the vice president and events coordinator of The Sacramento Poetry Center. He currently teaches at California State University, Sacramento and houses his father’s literary estate—one volume: Robert Gerstmann’s book of photos of Chile, 1932.



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