A Journal

"I'm going to come back to West Virginia when this is over. There's something ancient and deeply-rooted in my soul. I like to think that I have left my ghost up one of those hollows, and I'll never really be able to leave for good until I find it. And I don't want to look for it, because I might find it and have to leave".----Breece D'J Pancake, in a letter to his mother. 

Parker Tettleton




I Have Two


I call someone, tell them they’re me too. We’re spring or winter or what’s left of us from one of those. The third sentence is in the interest of sinks. We keep later open. Snow is perfect because it knows its place. 



Tin Barrels, Richard


It helps if you’re a failure. The second sentence isn’t lacking protein. We drive through apocalypse windows. We ask for our given names to give back. It’s the dark & we’re not trying to sleep. I mean you. You mean me.




My favorite souvenir is a stuffed replica of an African, aka "Jackass," penguin. He's lived in Oxford, MS; Atlanta, GA; Berkeley, CA; & Portland, OR twice.


Parker Tettleton is a Leo, a vegan, a resident of Portland, Oregon. He is also the author of the grocery-shopping-themed collection GREENS (Thunderclap Press 2012), the chapbook SAME OPPOSITE (Thunderclap Press 2010), co-author, alongside Riley Michael Parker, of the chapbook MAN SUGAR (Housefire Books 2014) & author of the chapbook OURS MINE YOURS (Pity Milk Press 2014). More or less is  here.