Dennis Caswell


Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Ickity Ackity
Anton van Leeuwenhoek,
wond’ring what swam in the
drink in his cup,

founded the science of
saw protozoans, and
promptly threw up.

My Darling Clementine

Corybantic apodictic
Flummadiddle mangosteen
Fuscous giglet bosky chaffer
Hebetudinous shebeen

Fubsy drumlin dinkum crasis
Dasypygal wifty bort
Borborygmus clepe cadastral
Papuliferous dehort

Yabber spurtle grig schmegeggy
Snollygoster astrobleme
Mingy boodle skookum quidnunc
Circumbendibus bedeen

Scut caruncle furphy fizgig
mackle eke pyx ween embrangle
Pawky fartlek gegenschein

(“Antonie van Leeuwenhoek” first appeared in the anthology Limbs of the Pine, Peaks of the Range, published by Rose Alley Press in 2007.)


Dennis Caswell lives outside Woodinville, Washington and works as a software engineer in the aviation industry. His work has appeared in Floating Bridge Review, Crab Creek Review, Monarch Review online, and assorted other journals and anthologies. His first full-length collection, Phlogiston, was published in 2012 by Floating Bridge Press.