SLEEP by David Tomaloff

                Sleep lets anybody be what they want to be. In the dream world there are no fucking rules. Anything goes. The anything moves quickly. Ghosts occupy the dream world since sleep is a little death that people willingly embrace every night. A ghost’s story is different from ghost stories. Empathy is a must for any ghost’s story as they are sympathetic to the plight of the living. Poor living creatures the ghost proclaim from on high, knowing that the consciousness is getting sick of living inside of a dying creature. 

                Dreams are meant to be lived in and lived out. They are the goals that the consciousness wants to achieve. Besides the obvious there is the anxiety that hides underneath the dreams in the footnotes to the dreams. Hence dreams can’t keep a person together as they fall apart. Right in the middle of a dream can be a great deal of traveling because dreams are a trip and a destination. Both are equally possible under the auspices of want the body and mind really want. 

                Guilt runs the world when it is awake. If a person does not feel guilt they are not living their lives properly. A life of regret is inevitable. What is harder is to do absolutely everything a person could ever want to do. Due to time constraints people usually miss out on a few things it is simply part of life and it is okay.         Individuals in reality try to constrain the efforts of life by trying to force different amount of time out of a person. Jobs do a fine job of killing off years on a person’s life. Killed time gets reincarnated as missed opportunities. 

                The sky screams. Wind does it very well trying to express what the sky feels on a regular basis. Strangers try to pay attention to what the world says. Yes that makes them strange because most of the world fails to listen to the environment around them opting instead to tune it out with their own noise. Out in space nobody can hear a thing. Hence screams cannot be heard in space which was the tagline for an alien-related horror film many years ago. NASA has become a nightmare with a lack of financing and an over-reliance on getting re-tweeted. 

                Reality waits for the sleeping for the gravitational pull to reach out and grab them. Unfortunately reality has less flexibility than dreams. Everyone’s assigned a role in reality. People try to do things a bit differently yet that goal ultimately is one in vain as the forces of the universe weigh down eventually causing a collapse commonly referred to as a mid-life crisis. Going back to sleep is a great decision for those tired of their days. Eventually the dream cuts and the fade to black ends.

13 by David Tomaloff



                A train leaves the station. This happens all the time. People have places to go, new things to see, experiences to be had. Some bro stops breathing. This happens all the time as well. When one stops breathing one is dead. It is that simple. Oxygen needs to flow to the brain otherwise the brain experiences ‘brain death’ and the patient is ‘brain dead’. Brain dead is also an insult used to refer to a particularly stupid or moronic person. 

                Taxis are hard things to catch. Even killers have tough times catching a cab. Cabbies fail to understand anything about the time-space continuum. Here the killer does the right thing. After the killer is done a-killing people he’s polite enough to leave quietly. That’s good of the murderer to let himself out. Without doing that who knows when he’d be able to catch the next cab. Yes cab rides are wild crazy things. 

                Claire buys herself a shovel. She needs an anniversary gift. Really what could be better than a shovel so she can continue to do gardening? The best part of the shovel is it can be used to help distribute fertilizer. Composting is an overlooked part of any gardening regimen. With that shovel Claire can (hopefully) knock her husband unconscious and use his decaying body for her garden. Everybody wins particularly the planet. 

                Vampires can hardly look themselves in the mirror. This is a problem. At this point in the Vampire life it is important to dress to impress. Impressive Vampires are successful Vampires. Part of the reason Vampires are so hip right now is thanks to their keen fashion sense. Clothing retailers like ‘Hot Topic’ and ‘GAP’ offer budding Vampires a wide variety of styles to choose from, from douche Goth kids all the way to douche Golf kids. 

                Diving into the sea is a common occurrence for mermaids. To be lost in the sea is to be found by Sebastian, the loveable singing dancing scamp made famous by Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”. Later on “The Little Mermaid” influenced other fish out of water. Fox’s award-winning documentary “The Nanny” was based on a similar premise. Only unlike the mermaid, the nanny was considered highly aggravating by young children. 

                It ends with a happy story. Some guy won’t stay dead. Zombies are resilient. They love a good brain to pick. Listening to the basement she knows he won’t stay dead. While she knows the relationship is not over, the life is. She’s through. And like that Tomaloff shows the multi-varied way of presenting happy people in the throes of despair.

13 by David Tomaloff

                A train leaves the station. This happens all the time. People have places to go, new things to see, experiences to be had. Some bro stops breathing. This happens all the time as well. When one stops breathing one is dead. It is that simple. Oxygen needs to flow to the brain otherwise the brain experiences ‘brain death’ and the patient is ‘brain dead’. Brain dead is also an insult used to refer to a particularly stupid or moronic person. 

                Taxis are hard things to catch. Even killers have tough times catching a cab. Cabbies fail to understand anything about the time-space continuum. Here the killer does the right thing. After the killer is done a-killing people he’s polite enough to leave quietly. That’s good of the murderer to let himself out. Without doing that who knows when he’d be able to catch the next cab. Yes cab rides are wild crazy things. 

                Claire buys herself a shovel. She needs an anniversary gift. Really what could be better than a shovel so she can continue to do gardening? The best part of the shovel is it can be used to help distribute fertilizer. Composting is an overlooked part of any gardening regimen. With that shovel Claire can (hopefully) knock her husband unconscious and use his decaying body for her garden. Everybody wins particularly the planet. 

                Vampires can hardly look themselves in the mirror. This is a problem. At this point in the Vampire life it is important to dress to impress. Impressive Vampires are successful Vampires. Part of the reason Vampires are so hip right now is thanks to their keen fashion sense. Clothing retailers like ‘Hot Topic’ and ‘GAP’ offer budding Vampires a wide variety of styles to choose from, from douche Goth kids all the way to douche Golf kids. 

                Diving into the sea is a common occurrence for mermaids. To be lost in the sea is to be found by Sebastian, the loveable singing dancing scamp made famous by Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”. Later on “The Little Mermaid” influenced other fish out of water. Fox’s award-winning documentary “The Nanny” was based on a similar premise. Only unlike the mermaid, the nanny was considered highly aggravating by young children. 

                It ends with a happy story. Some guy won’t stay dead. Zombies are resilient. They love a good brain to pick. Listening to the basement she knows he won’t stay dead. While she knows the relationship is not over, the life is. She’s through. And like that Tomaloff shows the multi-varied way of presenting happy people in the throes of despair.

A Soft That Touches Down & Removes Itself


               David Tomaloff used to be a Lion tamer. I’m assuming he was heavily influenced by the seminal band “Wire”. While he doesn’t state he’s an ex-lion tamer he does appear to have mixed feelings about the decision. His Tumblr name says it all:   Lion Tamer Blues. You know, they don’t build lions like they used to. Now Lions suffer from chronic laziness, drinking Red Bull and Monster at night, playing World of Warcraft after school, and generally being a drag on society. The next morning, after the night of staying up accomplishing nothing online, you have to train them and they half-heartedly respond to you. Man that would give me the blues too.

                “A Soft That Touches Down & Removes Itself” is quite gorgeous. I mean that in every way. The cover looks beautiful, with a schematic of a heart. Guess all hearts need to be built up. You don’t get them pre-made. Love is like Ikea, some assembly is required. People won’t do it for you and sometimes it hurts. I’d like to give kudos to Miles Donovan for that excellent design. 

                What is contained inside makes my heart ache. I found a lot of this pretty lovely. “Mohawk Sideburn Attachment Kit” shows a tiny gesture. Describing the before as better than the after (caterpillars are the new butterflies) it speaks about relationships. How what we don’t know, what we hope and anticipate happening could be better than the outcome. A lot of relationships start out promising or bleak. The benefit we get depends on how we approach it. Will we decide to just isolate ourselves in a self-contained environment with our own references and perspective (the cocoon) or will we continue crawling around, looking curious. 

                “It’s Always July” continues in this vein. Describing the joy of ‘fornicate a riot’ they leave. The idea of seeing the entire “Godfather” trilogy almost makes the narrator walk into a door. For who really has the hours necessary to see all of it? At the end is where it hits, where they could come into the heart at any time but never go. People are afraid of strong emotions. Having a heart is much harder than it sounds. Exploring yourself and your true self takes time and most people don’t have the time, just how they never bother seeing the “Godfather” trilogy. Rather each one is reference but neither is fully known. 

                Love is expressed earnestly in “Yin & Yang”. Here we have a couple willing to admit to each other that they care. Each person is blunt and upfront about the other. There’s no ‘internal monologue’ like there was for the previous poems. Instead they are perfectly comfortable sharing information with each other based off of dreams. How dreams protect one another and separate a good dream from a bad dream. 

                The book is mostly in lowercase, excluding use of the word “I” which avoid the lowercase fate. I liked the simple yet effective language. Going through David’s website I see he’s been published in multiple places, including Ana C’s well known “NewWaveVomit”. A pity I hadn’t encountered his work before now. You can check out his chapbook at NAP Magazine, a place that I’ve been quite fond of lately. Enjoy!

A Soft That Touches Down & Removes Itself

               David Tomaloff used to be a Lion tamer. I’m assuming he was heavily influenced by the seminal band “Wire”. While he doesn’t state he’s an ex-lion tamer he does appear to have mixed feelings about the decision. His Tumblr name says it all: Lion Tamer Blues. You know, they don’t build lions like they used to. Now Lions suffer from chronic laziness, drinking Red Bull and Monster at night, playing World of Warcraft after school, and generally being a drag on society. The next morning, after the night of staying up accomplishing nothing online, you have to train them and they half-heartedly respond to you. Man that would give me the blues too.

                “A Soft That Touches Down & Removes Itself” is quite gorgeous. I mean that in every way. The cover looks beautiful, with a schematic of a heart. Guess all hearts need to be built up. You don’t get them pre-made. Love is like Ikea, some assembly is required. People won’t do it for you and sometimes it hurts. I’d like to give kudos to Miles Donovan for that excellent design. 

                What is contained inside makes my heart ache. I found a lot of this pretty lovely. “Mohawk Sideburn Attachment Kit” shows a tiny gesture. Describing the before as better than the after (caterpillars are the new butterflies) it speaks about relationships. How what we don’t know, what we hope and anticipate happening could be better than the outcome. A lot of relationships start out promising or bleak. The benefit we get depends on how we approach it. Will we decide to just isolate ourselves in a self-contained environment with our own references and perspective (the cocoon) or will we continue crawling around, looking curious. 

                “It’s Always July” continues in this vein. Describing the joy of ‘fornicate a riot’ they leave. The idea of seeing the entire “Godfather” trilogy almost makes the narrator walk into a door. For who really has the hours necessary to see all of it? At the end is where it hits, where they could come into the heart at any time but never go. People are afraid of strong emotions. Having a heart is much harder than it sounds. Exploring yourself and your true self takes time and most people don’t have the time, just how they never bother seeing the “Godfather” trilogy. Rather each one is reference but neither is fully known. 

                Love is expressed earnestly in “Yin & Yang”. Here we have a couple willing to admit to each other that they care. Each person is blunt and upfront about the other. There’s no ‘internal monologue’ like there was for the previous poems. Instead they are perfectly comfortable sharing information with each other based off of dreams. How dreams protect one another and separate a good dream from a bad dream. 

                The book is mostly in lowercase, excluding use of the word “I” which avoid the lowercase fate. I liked the simple yet effective language. Going through David’s website I see he’s been published in multiple places, including Ana C’s well known “NewWaveVomit”. A pity I hadn’t encountered his work before now. You can check out his chapbook at NAP Magazine, a place that I’ve been quite fond of lately. Enjoy!