Man in Mouth

By TNB Poetry


Art by Mark Shuttleworth, Words by Luigi Coppola
Video-poem can be viewed here

He craves the salivated slabs
that sparkle crisp and clean
then shudders as they close and clench:
a prison pure, pristine.

He yearns for molten mounds of flesh,
a writhing, licking thing;
his mass sinks into palette, pores –
a thrashing, lashing sting.

He covets curves and points and width
of moist red bursting lip:
entrapped, enslaved, a fly in soup
that drowns with every sip.

He tugs uvula, tangles tonsils
that bulge and bounce and fight.
His masticated aching form
is lost in lust’s first bite.

Luigi Coppola is a teacher, poet and first generation immigrant who has been shortlisted has been shortlisted for Bridport Prizes, longlisted for Ledbury and National Poetry Competitions, and published in Worple Press’ anthology ‘The Tree Line,’ AcumenInk, Sweat and TearsIotaMagmaRattle and Rialto ( Chibi-Luigi art by Keeley Coppola (

Mark Shuttleworth – you are I and I are you and we are Gong.

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TNB Poetry features poems and self-interviews from some of the world's finest poets. Past and future writers include Catherine Tufariello, Lewis Turco, Timothy Steele, Amber Tamblyn and Wanda Coleman. Our editorial team comprises: UCHE OGBUJI (, @uogbuji) is a Nigerian-American poet, editor ( Kin) & computer engineer living near Boulder, Colorado, USA. His short collection of poems Ndewo, Colorado is available from Aldrich Press. RICH FERGUSON (YouTube) has been published and anthologized by various journals and presses. He is also a featured performer in the film, What About Me?. WENDY CHIN-TANNER is a poet, an editor (Kin), interviewer (Lantern), a sociology instructor (Cambridge, UK), and co-founder of A Wave Blue World, a publishing company for graphic novels. DENA RASH GUZMAN, is author of Life Cycle—Poems, Dog On A Chain Press, 2013, Founding Editor of Unshod Quills, Poetry Editor and Managing Director at HAL Publishing (Shanghai & Hong Kong). Uche, Wendy & Dena are founding members of The Stanza Massive poetry/media collective.

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