Issue 14 Poetry

Portrait with Inconclusive Lab Results

Portrait with Inconclusive Lab Results 1080 1350 CD Eskilson

I name it with an image: an orchard where the black plums tilt and shake, shudder aubades to their boughs, then fall. I wait below to catch what drops, unwelt…

Picking Up Persimmons

Picking Up Persimmons 1080 720 Valerie Nieman

I carried two in the cup of my right hand like a set of testicles, soft and heavy for their size, warm from pavement relieved of the afternoon sun. I…

Arrival and Departure

Arrival and Departure 1080 720 Richard-Yves Sitoski

1. You appeared quickly, the way a bowl appears on a lathe from a block of wood. The ward is a hard place to spend your first hour. Birth named…

ramona.

ramona. 1920 1547 Skye Savage

Header photograph © Skye Savage.

The Weekend We Ate Curry

The Weekend We Ate Curry 1080 810 Beth Gordon

1. I taught you to Skype, to Facetime, to Zoom, to singe our words with technology & smudged screens, the shape of your eyes a surprise through the two-way mirror,…

I bring you the uncertain music

I bring you the uncertain music 1080 1350 Martha Silano

of the rain slapping an abandoned couch along the Cle Elum River. Sometimes the feeling is lapping; sometimes the feeling is removed. I wanted laughter. There was none. The archeologist…

Orangerie

Orangerie 1080 1350 Erika Luckert

Did Sisyphus ever imagine the toil of carrying orange trees up this slope each season, their roots heavy with water, leaves delicate in such a foreign clime? Forty-six varietals of…

Haikus for Persephone

Haikus for Persephone 1080 720 Cleo

(For a .pdf version that preserves the intended format, please click: Haikus for Persephone – Cleo) Header photograph © Liz Baronofsky.

Windphone

Windphone 1080 1349 Patricia Caspers

風の電話 When Itaru Sasaki lost his cousin in 2010, he decided to build a glass-paneled phone booth in his hilltop garden with a disconnected rotary phone inside for communicating with…

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