Black Circle



is the last

and best

theme park

of them all

sit on the black


the black tea cups

win a black balloon

the haunted

house is actually

not very scary

but it is pretty dark

in there oh yeah

the black roller-

coaster is

really intense

the line

lasts forever




there is love
in the world
licorice too

a few forests
some sick

by the flowers
near the coiled

garden hose
you could
if you wanted

wave to a friend
through the hole
in my head

you could
string two cans

and talk


Brad Liening is the author of three books of poetry, most recently O Gory Baby (Schism2 Press). His poems have appeared in Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Hotel AmerikaUut, and elsewhere. He lives in Minneapolis, MN, and at