in the supermarket
full of mistakes
my dream husband motions
over his navel
i gave my future to him last night
Musings about past and potential exes make up xxox fm. Beset in a dystopian version of southern California, these poems explore the warehouses of ravers, overgrown freeways, and “azure hillsides.” Having given up on whatever the poet (DJ Ashtrae & lil’ piñata) pretends to be searching for, this collection celebrates incoherence, or the volatile spaces where we exist.
Joshua Escobar a.k.a. DJ Ashtrae is the author of Caljforkya Voltage (No, Dear/Small Anchor Press) and xxox fm (DoubleCross Press, 2019). His work has appeared in BOMB, the Brooklyn Rail, and the Acentos Review. His first full-length collection is forthcoming in 2020 from Noemi Press and Letras Latinas. He has received fellowships from CantoMundo and Shandaken: Storm King. He is a Professor of English at Santa Barbara City College, and he publishes the zine Orange Mercury.