Adrian Belmes

Out There


"a shirt with a picture of francois truffaut", Riggwelter Press

“we have the same conversation every time we talk”, “this is not an admission of guilt”, Back Patio Press

The House I Pass”, The Blue Pages

Not Up for Discussion”, Anti-Heroin Chic

fire on cuyahoga lake”, Bone & Ink Lit Zine

“Canto for Covet”, Red Queen Literary Magazine

the long place”, Honey & Lime Lit

The Disposession”, Neutral Spaces

“the neverending semester”, “Sour Patch Kids”, FIVE:2:ONE

Shower Object on Thanksgiving Morning at the Bottom of the Bender”, FIVE:2:ONE

Loneliness”, Neutral Spaces

Connecticut Vampire”, X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine

I’ve Been Thinking About August Ever Since”, Neutral Spaces

eight funerals”, “y/our valley”, SOFT CARTEL

“City Transit”, San Diego Poetry Annual

silent disco”, Philosophical Idiot

19 Toucans”, SOFT CARTEL



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this town and everyone in it

you remember when the fires came through.

you’ve never felt safe since.

A micro-chap of poetry, this town and everyone in it is the portrait of young adulthood, small towns, and depression. Thank you to all the people who have made me sad.

Forthcoming from Ghost City Press, Summer Series 2019.

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Take these leaden feet and make them true

expressions of my substance, left to bury

deep in history, lost to shame.

A provocative chapbook of poetry set in the time of The Great War, AE+C is an interconnected narrative of intimate glimpses into disillusionment. Explicit, honest, and heartbreaking, it explores the quiet agonies of broken marriage, miscarriage, fatherhood, and cloistered homosexual affairs.





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Winner of the San Diego State University 2018 Electronic Literature Competition. A digital-born hypertext, Recursion is a non-linear exploration of the extremes to which individuals will go in pursuit of happiness, revolving around the concept of narrative recursion through mechanically integrated recursion.