Poetry.

I Will Not Waste You

I Will Not Waste You 1656 2208 Katelyn Delvaux

The pink of your thighs folding in is the conch I hold to my mouth and the soft curve of your body a bell to my ear. Sickness washes in…

The Beetle

The Beetle 2796 2448 Rebecca Kokitus

all broken and yellow as antique things tend to be there is beauty in oxidation, in the elements eating through metal like larvae         through leaf the smell…

It’s Just That Sometimes I Feel Trapped

It’s Just That Sometimes I Feel Trapped 1449 720 Megan Neville

He refuses to eat vegetables from our garden, says nothing grown half a mile from a steel mill can be safe. What about me, then? But I, I refuse to…

Nationalism

Nationalism 2560 3570 Frederick Pollack

You’ve solved the problem of sirens and birds – there are fewer. Calls go to voicemail; sleep is a holiday but dreams are work. The vast emporia that welcome the…

Visitation

Visitation 3852 2245 Marissa Glover

When Abraham came by after work to pick up Isaac and said he was taking him hunting on Mt. Moriah, Sarah cautioned them to be careful— look out for mountain…

displaced

displaced 1520 1387 Madeleine Corley

autumn smells of an ashen orange leaf stretching on its cot of morning dew. i lift my window for the embers floating in the air. the Midwest has a kind…

Hot and Cold

Hot and Cold 3400 2550 Celeste Ramos

I’m never afraid of what’s ahead unless it’s a mirror showing me what’s behind I don’t fear monsters, I fear stoves I don’t fear muddy boots, I fear house slippers…

gemini

gemini 3388 1926 alyssa hanna

the curve of her spine falling like rainwater. the smell of whiskey in her hair. a dirty gold braid longing to be loved. this is the twin that sleeps above…

Thump,

Thump, 4032 3024 Lauren Suchenski

Thump, the perpetual freezing / Thump – the virulence, the White-hot blaze of a heart under the tundra Limestone, basalt heart of memory – Heart of throughline gone relative at…

Silent No More

Silent No More 1000 505 Ann Christine Tabaka

The silence of a thousand years is broken with a whisper, emanating from the heartbeat of oppression. Time can no longer restrain truth. It breaks open sins of the past.…

Bus through Dubuque, Iowa

Bus through Dubuque, Iowa 3264 2448 Iris Orpi

This is the road that folds the latitude of night into brave passages through fields of stirring, the keen awareness of hurtling through time, or whatever stands in for time…

Dead Leaves

Dead Leaves 2763 1414 Erin Emily Ann Vance

After Remedios Varo If I do not tell you of the lichen growing on the living room floor will you feel it on the soles of your feet? What of…

At a Restaurant the Night My Son Died

At a Restaurant the Night My Son Died 1920 1152 Chanel Brenner

I sat across from him, shooting his portrait with my phone. His charcoal sweatshirt faded into the dark booth. He played tic-tac-toe in the dim light. I should have known…

Drive

Drive 2208 1656 Kristin Garth

First time you say I’m driving off the bridge I hyperventilate and wonder how I will survive, on flowered tile, the ridged linoleum remains, caffeine-free brown, of soda spills, wet…

I know the river ran red

I know the river ran red 1920 1187 Christopher Hopkins

I know the river ran red until the sea, where the wild throat of a sky washed to the reaches before the magnet dark of eve. In this wavelength, this…

hecate #1

hecate #1 3264 2448 Katherine DeCoste

undeath is in creation / and the degloving of hands / digging up of pale yellow talisman / kiss of moonlight through the willow branches / fade / d /…

Gone

Gone 2344 1482 K.V. Martins

Your words flew in – like scattered shadows held themselves at a         distance, waited to shape from sorrow tomorrow’s understanding. They exploded on my lips, stung my hands,…

Transposition

Transposition 3872 2592 Mark Mayes

your peaceful face in the back of the car driving home from an airport we collected you your peaceful voice temporarily changed to quiet measures conflictless girl easily holding birth…

The Art of Alchemy

The Art of Alchemy 3813 1597 Katarina Boudreaux

Oh yes, I remember the feel of slick on slick, my tongue loose in your mouth. But I remember the emptiness better, how birds wait on wires for hours before…

Original Wisdom

Original Wisdom 1600 1200 Lesley-Anne Evans

My grandparents’ kitchen was indelibly turquoise their laminate countertops hosted black currant jam parties berries picked, cooked, poured into paraffin topped jars and plunged into hot water baths to save…

The Wind Plays Tricks On Me In September

The Wind Plays Tricks On Me In September 1920 1440 Elisabeth Horan

Long are the rhythms of pain in the fall– Single leaves upon the wind float then flip, I assume them dead kin: a tree frog a thrush a red squirrel…

Forty Years On

Forty Years On 2448 1487 Jonathan Humble

Walking in snow towards this young ash triggers memories that surge and well, overflowing as uncontrolled gasps of breath. This scar deepens with every visit; a vicious erosion, an abhorrent…

Drought

Drought 3840 1945 Cate McGowan

No clouds clasp onto the hilltops, and the bony trees drop brown leaves curled like fists this summer noonday. Across the way, a pileated woodpecker crawls an oak, plucks at…

Morning Sex

Morning Sex 2448 2448 Mark Jackley

We are pushing sixty. Like snails, when we bloom out of ourselves to spy the garden through our blindness we are dancing slowly, alert to the flaming intentions of the…

Images of Divinity

Images of Divinity 1328 889 Lindsay D'Andrea

we need a god who sits behind a keyboard in a dive bar every tuesday    wearing a glittery blue button-down shirt    to roast the patrons and regulars no one exempt…

Corpus

Corpus 2462 1025 Hannah Larrabee

The mummified body of Ötzi, “the Iceman” from the Copper Age was found in the Italian Alps in 1991. So, you will not show me your hands again, how they…

At the 50th

At the 50th 3024 2973 Krikor N. Der Hohannesian

Harvard College Reunion, Class of 1958 Adrift between symposia and seminars, a drizzle of reverie on Bow Street, aimless nostalgia graying in droplets of fog. At the corner of Arrow…

I Was Hovering Just Below the Hospital Ceiling, Contemplating My Death

I Was Hovering Just Below the Hospital Ceiling, Contemplating My Death 3705 2195 Alexis Rhone Fancher

When I glanced down and saw my body, the suffering, damaged girl. My beloved, nowhere to be found had died on impact. Now the ER doctors say I can go…

Hamilton Mountain Access

Hamilton Mountain Access 4032 2139 Carl Watts

Access this light-chocolate path, caramel, peanut butter, chocolate chips, little milk; drab growth, spider plants tumbled slowly out of the top of a project volcano’s uneven brown. Red flecks, too…

Heat

Heat 5312 2988 Marisa Silva-Dunbar

At thirty-three I transformed into the sorceress of eternal summer. It’s cliché to say a man broke the spell—that I couldn’t find the way out of winter myself, but he…

Landscape

Landscape 634 506 DS Maolalai

I lie, ribs caved in and cracked up like shattered shipping pallets, smashed and battered, dropped in the yard of an industrial estate, forgotten about out of the way somewhere,…

Coyotes

Coyotes 3930 1850 Jeannie Prinsen

It’s mid-morning when I walk the back road. Sunlight speckles through the leafy branches, its warmth burning the dew off ferns. And then I hear the coyotes call from deep…

With Or Without You

With Or Without You 1920 953 Jeanna Paden

I remember the way February looks after midnight— jigsaw lines of houses, small front yards the rain crawling along the ground, turning to ice speaking blacktop cracks into existence. I…

Under the Catalpa Tree

Under the Catalpa Tree 3024 4032 Susan Mulder

I see it there knowing full well its cycled presence through daily passing. The wide green expanse a guardian canopy. And think, I’d like to lie out under the catalpa…

The Small River in the Gutter

The Small River in the Gutter 4025 2293 Alexandre Ferrere

There is this small river shaped like a gutter near my childhood home. It runs along a centenarian railroad, made of dry wood (with funny knots in it). Walking the…

On This Autumn Equinox

On This Autumn Equinox 4000 3000 Lisa Stice

may the night cool the day into a fog, dripping from trees and roof’s overhang by morning may I wake to the heron sounding its long note as the sun…

Village Road

Village Road 2995 2443 Joyce Wheatley

Here, a village road, darkly quiet, winds under sunset’s opal sky, wisps tinged turquoise green, rose, tint the low horizon. Here, a country lake, old sailors dock weathered boats, dusty…

No Better Past

No Better Past 2500 1667 Alex Smith

Sometimes, we find better selves like lost toys, as if we’ve dusted cobwebs to reveal old ribcaged hearts garbed in younger, rawer flesh that didn’t scar didn’t callous didn’t let…

Need

Need 3024 2332 Thomas Zimmerman

The blackbirds and the mourning doves that haunt the backyard feeder have me thinking need, the burning fuse that drives us all. And even though right now it’s wan and…

The Outsider

The Outsider 1328 889 Kristin LaFollette

is the woman with no children— I’m not tall enough to see what everyone carries, the broomsticks they hold behind their backs. My feet— They haven’t taken me as far…