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5 Yelp Reviews || Jesse Bradley

Yelp Review – Space Needle


The altitude asks questions we won’t answer, even when the wind assists as an interrogator; loving you here is a clandestine activity. We refuse to become reels of film waiting to start.



Yelp Review – Eye Spy


Recall the middle name of your worst childhood enemy, the surname you bestowed on the object you cuddled the most; say them together when asked what you call yourself when engaging in clandestine activities.


When she hears your code name for the first time, note whether her shoulders resemble a lonely street corner in Prague. Note which season is in her footsteps, whether the contents of her glass clank like a crumbling wall.



Yelp Review – McDonalds, Curry Ford Road


You get used to wearing frying oil as a second skin. It will tingle when you choreograph the food as imaginary continents when preparing it on the grill.


In the shower, your second skin asks why you have not been touched lately. Point to the mirror. Don’t bother waiting for its response.



Yelp Review – The Kama Sutra


We lost to gravity while trying to forge ourselves into a consonant; our bed still laughs.



Yelp Review – The Edge


The mosh pit is a collider formed of stickers from last week’s favorite band, dented cans of Narragansett. What emerges will not be noticed until fifteen years later. Note then what is beneath your eyes, the last words you hollered into sweat and cigarette smoke. Note how you were once a threat; the only god believed in here was in the next note.



J. Bradley is a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominated writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals including decomP, Hobart, and Prairie Schooner. He was the Interviews Editor of PANK, the Flash Fiction Editor of NAP, and the Web Editor of Monkeybicycle. He is the author of the poetry collection Dodging Traffic (Ampersand Books, 2009), the novella Bodies Made of Smoke (HOUSEFIRE, 2012), and the graphic poetry collection The Bones of Us (YesYes Books, 2014), illustrated by Adam Scott Mazer. He is the curator of the Central Florida reading series There Will Be Words and lives at iheartfailure.net.