recent poems published online:

“The Exiter” in TYPO 27

“Sequin Factory Seven O Eight with Built-in Miraculous Novena” in Vinyl July 2017

“Village Overrun” in Southword Journal July 2017

“Wilderness Machine: A Very Special Fuckwind Chime” in MARY Fall 2016

“Bird Village” in Midway Journal 11.1

“Ice Cream Village” in Midway Journal 11.1

four Village poems in Sporklet #6


Midstream Reading Series – Sept. 14, 2017



Mimi & Xavier Star in a Museum That Fits Entirely in One’s Pocket
by Becca Barniskis
Anomalous Press, 2013
24 pp
Small Press United
ISBN: 978-1-939781-22-2

In this dramatic poem in three acts, Barniskis introduces readers to Mimi Sprig and Xavier Box, tiny adversaries engaged in “an almost secret war.” Their poetic monologues shimmer with longing as they circle, listening for signs of life and learning to read each other. Mimi and Xavier Star in a Museum That Fits Entirely in One’s Pocket was a finalist in the Anomalous Press Poetry Chapbook Contest, judged by Cole Swensen, and was co-released as an LP with music by composer Nick Jaffe.

print edition:

Mimi & Xavier at Anomalous Press









audio edition (digital and vinyl):

Mimi & Xavier audio version digital & vinyl







film edition:


reviews and interviews

chapbook review at the Sundress Blog

Interview for Sundress Lyric Essentials

Audio interview in Profane

more poems online

in Anomalous issue #8:

“Xavier Box”




in The Boiler: A Journal of New Literature:

“Our Lady was a Brickbat”

“Our Lady was an Angel”

in Konundrum Engine Literary Review:

“When I Used to Live in the Mountains”

“Someone Else’s Bed”

in Blackbird:

“From the Letters of Mrs. Henrietta Shuck”

Audio of poem “I Assist at an Explosion” appearing in Profane Issue One.

 “Night of 10,000 Small Mistakes” at the 2013 Great Twin Cities Poetry Reading:


audio: Animal
(music by Nick Jaffe)


I don’t go to sleep right away

I eat insects that crawl uninvited

into my mouth maybe thinking

it is a cave or safe haven

from the night where dreams spin

as teeth of the saw into blur

I did not mind my hand for looking

at the belt ripping around

the drive wheel

so I lost it

unable to stop

that oncoming car without headlights

or the blast of sound

or remove my headphones anyway they’re rigged

with glue and that man just shoved a piano out the window

I am under

it’s dangerous how your love pins me

makes me want to flee a fight

I do not ever intend to win

once Woody Allen boxed a kangaroo

and Chuck Wepner wrestled a bear

both times the animals came out ahead

because nature always tries

to kill us first

but when you told me that

you would never leave

I mastered it

I kicked it back

on its heels

and locked it up for good

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