In this diorama, Bob is cut into pieces,
While bobbing for apples, she screams
Some will see the red apples as ball gags inside her mouth.
Those below are running in red circles.
In this diorama, a mental conflagration
A repetitive malformation in which
In this diorama, a doll head is shoved inside
Red confetti drips from the ceiling
The owl only has one wing
You run into the wall
The handles eject regurgitation.
The head board bends back and oozes.
IN MY DEATH BAG
I don't want to lose myself,
Like a contorted ejaculation,
The laughter covers up my screams.
These three poems were inspired by Twin Peaks, my favorite TV show, which initially came out when I was still in high school and had never seen anything so unique on TV. I adored it many years ago and the first poetry chapbook I self-published through my Blood Pudding Press way back in 2006 was called "The Laura Poems" and was poetically based open Laura Palmer. In more recent years, perhaps partly because of 2017's Twin Peaks: The Return, more Twin Peaks inspired poems by various poets seemed to be popping out and getting published all over the place, almost to the point that it started to seem like some sort of a trend. Near the end of 2019, I saw a call for submissions for a Twin Peaks themed poetry anthology called "These Poems Are Not What They Seem" and part of my initial reaction was that I didn't want to dive into this new Twin Peaks poetry trend or backtrack in my writing, when I had loved Twin Peaks and written my small series of poetry inspired by it so many years ago. But then my initial reaction was replaced with a doppelganger that informed me not to abandon something I loved just because it might be a current trend. My doppelganger caused 5 new Twin Peaks inspired poems to emerge from me and I felt drawn to them. One of them was accepted for the anthology, "These Poems Are Not What They Seem", to be published by APEP Publications in Spring 2020. One of them was published in Burning House Press's NO MACHINE WITHOUT A GHOST themed issue. And these three found their home in DIAGRAM.