Between two plastic ballerinas.


by Glen Armstrong

Glen Armstrong holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He also edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters.

What more can you tell us about “Consciousness”?

I do remember struggling to make a bigger statement. Early versions of this poem tried too hard, in too many words, to capture a state of mind where the speaker feels out of place, melancholic, nostalgic . . . The four words that remain were ultimately the only ones I trusted. The title came last, and though I worried about the whole being too flippant, too Zen, I thought it might at least work as a quirky puzzle, the quick sort of thing I enjoyed in Richard Brautigan’s poetry books when I was younger.

Given time, I was happier with the sound of the thing, the thingness of the thing. “Between” has more to do with awareness than I realized, and that drive to make things such as plastic ballerinas never strikes me as a waste of one’s consciousness.


Congrats to Christopher Allen for having a work from HOUSEHOLD TOXINS being chosen to appear in BSF 2019 from Sonder Press.

Check out the write-up of the journal in The Writer.


Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions is now CLOSED. Check out our new category triptychs! The next submission period opens September 15, 2019; submit here.


09/05 • Richard Baldasty (1 of 4)
09/07 • Briel Felton
09/09 • Chelsea Stickle
09/11 • Jeffrey Spahr-Summers
09/12 • Richard Baldasty (2 of 4)
09/14 • Frances Badgett
09/16 • Sarah Russell
09/18 • Ryan Stone
09/19 • Richard Baldasty (3 of 4)
09/23 • TBD
09/25 • TBD
09/26 • Richard Baldasty (4 of 4)
09/30 • TBD
10/02 • TBD
10/03 • J.I. Kleinberg
10/07 • TBD
10/09 • TBD
10/10 • Lilian McCarthy
12/02 • Tara Campbell