The Anatomy of My Debris

Henry Stanton

This delirious poem is a piece of trash

it has arms and legs a head

a drooling head

its feet clomp from the weight of being


the body contorts from 

the pain of being discarded.


The eyes pressed into this fool face are plastic caps. 

The hair on its clumsy head is composite small bits of plastic line

weed whacking line fish line

plastic tabs and pulls and cable ties.


My debris is a work of art.


My debris is an artist with cigarette butt fingers

and gumchew toes.

Sunscreen sluffing skin 

Tear off float off sheets of greasy coral-killing skin.

A rain of the artist pilfering resources clogs 

Seas and bays and rivers and my home stream

chokes off the ocean of all creation

Shedding bits of garbage from the cloak of its being like Appleseed.


Dear gods can’t we burn this body as an offering?

The rank and the poisonous and the forlorn given up to you?

Let our crooked smokes climb to your nostrils through the black ruined air.

Let us be rid of everything.

Henry Stanton's fiction, poetry and paintings have been widely published internationally and have recently appeared in Alien Buddha Press, Chicago Record, Down In The Dirt Magazine, High Shelf Press, Holy & Intoxicated Press, Kestrel, North of Oxford, Outlaw Poetry,  The Paragon Press, PCC Inscape, Ramingo!, Rusty Truck, Salt & Syntax, Under The Bleachers, The William and Mary Review, The Write Launch and Yellow Mama.  His book of Short Stories, "River of Sleep and Dreams" is due to be published by Alien Buddha Press in 2020.  His book of poems "The Man Who Turned Stuff Off" was published by Holy & Intoxicated Press in June 2019 and a second book of poetry, “Pain Rubble” is due to be published by Holy & Intoxicated Press in early 2020.


His poetry was selected for the A3 Review Poetry Prize  and was shortlisted for the Eyewear 9th Fortnight Prize for Poetry.  His fiction received an Honorable Mention acceptance for the Salt & Syntax Fiction Contest and was selected as a finalist for the Pen 2 Paper Annual Writing Contest.


A selection of Henry Stanton's paintings will be on show at Atwater’s Catonsville on March 25, 2020 (other shows to be announced) and can be viewed at the following website  A selection of Henry Stanton’s published fiction and poetry can be located for reading in the library at


Henry Stanton is Publisher of Uncollected Press and the Founding & Managing Editor of The Raw Art Review -