Issue No.9 Poetry

Licentious

Licentious 1920 965 Sara Moore Wagner

When spring comes, I go naked to the lake near the hospital where I was born, and there is my mother, she has brought me a dress made from this…

Autopsy of a Bird’s Nest

Autopsy of a Bird’s Nest 1920 1440 Julia Beach

Header photograph © Olivier Schopfer.

Le Dejeuner Sur L’Herbe

Le Dejeuner Sur L’Herbe 1920 1920 Bojana Stojcic

sprawled figures basking in the impressionist sun shooting through a break in the clouds he said you are forest thick brush strokes of my outdoors a window opening on landscapes…

Class Rules

Class Rules 1920 1021 Nancy Hightower

She keeps asking what it takes to be saved: pray   they say   get naked   publish. Drink Prosecco in early evening, whiskey for the witching hour; drink until…

Tough Love

Tough Love 1920 1280 Pamilerin Jacob

mother said, the lies were necessary to keep her children sane. the most common lie in the world is a smile: mouth full of dust,       I too…

A Letter to the Dead Baby at the Bottom of My Neighbor’s Swimming Pool

A Letter to the Dead Baby at the Bottom of My Neighbor’s Swimming Pool 1920 1049 Riley Baker

I haven’t been sleeping very well, Baby. It’s been a while since I’ve last held you. My left eye keeps twitching and at this point, I’m about ready to gouge…

Opening Up

Opening Up 1920 1280 Jean Van Loon

We could form a work-party, you and I, take a couple of days, once more shovel winter’s detritus from the dock –– brown cedar sheddings, broken twigs the empty bait-pots…

Lines Composed Just East of Bushwick Avenue

Lines Composed Just East of Bushwick Avenue 1920 1440 Jessalyn Johnson

South of the street signs, new buildings are being propped upright by paper dolls in hardhats and wool coats. Consider wondering about the sky, the naked trees, the pigeons with…

Men Are From Mars

Men Are From Mars 1920 1440 Mia Herman

Our baby would have been a bright star, I tell him one morning after the miscarriage, though I don’t think he picks up on the tense, the way would have…

[Trailer Trash]

[Trailer Trash] 1920 1920 Raphael Maurice

And I’m sorry if I dissed you. -Modest Mouse A German called out more light when he was croaking. I coughed so hard last night. I was only joking and…

what they do to people like me where I’m from

what they do to people like me where I’m from 1920 1440 Adrian Ibarra

For Federico Garcia Lorca words came and that’s the trouble. blood came too, but you had them running from their mother’s house without it. into trees and up the pagan…

father I bring

father I bring 1919 1003 Hillary Martin

the rain in san francisco is all hands holds herself in my back pockets have you ever been to a corner store filled with ginger ale and gods rowing paddle…

A Situation About Bodies

A Situation About Bodies 1920 1440 Jessie Carver

Header photograph © Jason D. Ramsey.

Poem to Hummingbird

Poem to Hummingbird 1920 1280 Kenia Romero

“Because the way you grow old is kind of like an onion,” Eleven by Sandra Cisneros You’re sixteen and you’re stuck / in the onion layer of fifteen fourteen thirteen…

I only allow those who I deem worthy to share in my favourite chocolate; your heart is still being weighed

I only allow those who I deem worthy to share in my favourite chocolate; your heart is still being weighed 1920 1440 Paula Harris

I can tell you about how I first tasted this chocolate (fine & raw’s cacao + coconut chunky) at the Brooklyn Flea and it was January and snowing and my…

Funeral Meats

Funeral Meats 1920 1186 Kyla Houbolt

I remember the terribly delicate spread put on for the family by the Presbyterian Women before my mother’s funeral. I remember the pink tablecloth and the linen napkins. I remember…

ruminations

ruminations 1920 1920 Paul Robert Mullen

the sculpted lines around your eyes chiselled dimples            cavernous reminders of something less than satisfaction maybe i pulled at your strings too hard    …

Solstice

Solstice 1920 1035 Faith Christine

That January evening, there is no winter. Just the shine of frost on your suit jacket as I invite you in. I say, take this off, take this off take…

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