Poetry

Ghosts

Ghosts 1080 1920 Susan Mulder

There is within a longing for the deep hours. Ones where entire days disappear in a blink and worlds are discovered, word by word. Those simmering moments when day paints…

Owl-and-Wolf-Infested Lands

Owl-and-Wolf-Infested Lands 1920 1440 Jack B. Bedell

—after Bachelin Always an angry wind. Sky like smeared ink. Marsh grass bent away as salt water creeps in through the canal. Cypress knots poked up along the path, no…

Ghosts of Birds

Ghosts of Birds 1920 1440 Jack B. Bedell

—Antieau Gallery, NOLA So few bones amongst the stars they are like stars themselves floating against dark sky, their flight peaceful, impossibly buoyant, featherless. What could live sparrows do to…

White Knives, Blue Tears, & Red Whips

White Knives, Blue Tears, & Red Whips 4032 1824 Shirley Jones-Luke

The whips fed on the blood of my forefather’s backs. Soaked it up like needed sustenance, leaving the drops for the soil We cried into the sea, bodies floating there…

Urban Boys & the Blues

Urban Boys & the Blues 4013 3010 Shirley Jones-Luke

No, they are not all-American boys, but black & brown shadows, shaping their futures, wishing for magic No, they are not powerless, not broken by an unjust society, making them…

there is a small song

there is a small song 1836 3264 Darren C. Demaree

i told my daughter there is a small song a loose skin a lip bend an obvious note or two in every day that could be folded into the minutes…

the silence is very clear

the silence is very clear 1920 1440 Darren C. Demaree

i told my children the silence is very clear there is less sorrow in the world than there could be we are upon the fog and not under it we…

what you want is

what you want is 5248 2601 Darren C. Demaree

i told my son what you want is to trace the first joy with your big toes be playful with it remember that is the one thing you never have…

Bird Study

Bird Study 1440 1920 Kimberly Dawn Stuart

—gold has been struck in Buenos Aires, to the west   I Roosters disregard the sun, scream at mountains that long ago emptied their bosoms to milk the earth. Now…

Still, a Twist of Pale Limbs

Still, a Twist of Pale Limbs 1920 1440 Marley Stuart

I do think of them, the couple sleeping on the steps of the church up the street from our hotel. I passed twice, on my way to the cafe and…

A Haunting, Spring

A Haunting, Spring 1920 1440 Marley Stuart

My wife tells me, pulling weeds between squash and okra, the cardinal that sings outside out our window is Cody, returned on the anniversary of his death in the form…

All Too Familiar

All Too Familiar 1920 1440 Marley Stuart

—after a painting by Douglas Bourgeois   Woman stands in front of woman, one in purple underwear, the other ghosted blue, naked, crazy psychedelic wallpaper showing through her breasts and…

Remember That You Are Dust

Remember That You Are Dust 1600 900 Cyndie Randall

I crawl into your photograph, inch open the cupboard behind your shoulder, pull out a chipped glass kept for summer root beer. I hate your diet kind. Tastes like how…

Lemon

Lemon 3472 1881 Lisa Weber

I have committed my share of sins, most just average ran-the-stop-sign-when-no-one-was-looking kind of sins. I’m only human after all. But I’ve done things far worse when the devil inside stole…

Tree of Temptation

Tree of Temptation 1920 1440 Ceinwen Haydon

The Pink Lady dangles, ripe, trembles beyond reach. I stretch my arm up, ripple branches, wade through waves of leaves, paddle twigs aside. Still, acid green flutters about my empty…

from ‘Atlas’ (excerpt one)

from ‘Atlas’ (excerpt one) 4032 3024 Glenn Bach

Start by emergent terrain over stiles and steps assuming a posture. Slow more demands on your body for streets lined with trees. Estimate to the walking and other vegetation take…

from ‘Atlas’ (excerpt two)

from ‘Atlas’ (excerpt two) 4032 3024 Glenn Bach

What lies in the origin of names for this circumference it begins with water. None of the details are explained, but, if our dwellings are made from the earth, what…

On US-41

On US-41 1920 1440 Mary Harwell Sayler

Somewhere near anywhere Georgia where the Methodist churches are every bit as big as the Baptist, where roads run parallel with railroads and the freeway straightens out the horizon, lies…

Alms

Alms 3437 2063 Mary Harwell Sayler

Impoverished peoples give generously of their patience, graciously accepting assorted hand-me-downs: the sequined vest, silk tie, high-priced pair of heels. Soon this stiletto heel will bore holes into the earth…

no fresh air

no fresh air 1920 1440 Mathew Yates

could you put away the window? the light is arrogant & i’m too obedient to hear orders & not follow, i’d stare straight into the sun if i thought the…

A Loud Message

A Loud Message 1920 1440 Hannah Calkin

My friends, we say happily ever after ss something to clutch at– For longer than a year, or two, whenever the honeymoon becomes foreign sand. I say it doesn’t mean…

Underground

Underground 1920 1080 Daniel Cowper

Strap-hanging in a subway car with other commuters, swaying. Bumping hips like pickles shaken in a jar at each bend. Wheels abrade the air. Jiggling portraits on plexiglass show men…

Walking

Walking 1500 1500 Daniel Cowper

Awhile tonight I’ve tried to keep in the rut, not trip. Sometimes cedar branches flip underfoot, swiping my shins. A stream’s unburdening itself. Overhead a split tree’s squealing in the…

Cinematheque

Cinematheque 5248 2952 Daniel Cowper

All I really want: to hide between the sheets of my childhood bed, sleep until the sun stops coming up. Could I walk home if I had to, if things…

Loving June

Loving June 3950 2962 Motunrayo Adeneye

Let the world know to whom i belong, for my eyes are hers and there lies her beauty, she is as dazzling as the moon, brighter like the morning star,…

My Grandma Told Me Once

My Grandma Told Me Once 4032 3024 Stephen Briseño

Mijo, if you are to be water in a river, be the kind that sinks deep into the soil, that marries the roots of live oaks on the bank, gives…

Drinking Coffee on a Friday Evening

Drinking Coffee on a Friday Evening 1920 1440 Stephen Briseño

It’s a strange thought that when you die your hair stops with your body. Your fingernails too. It’s not just a not-breathing that happens, but a not-growing. And I can’t…

perhaps the sea

perhaps the sea 1920 1440 Chris Wheeler

Foaming and violent as the wave, we echo of beatings taken on shores unknown or known too well. The sea is as young as it is sage, as seasoned in…

Remembrance

Remembrance 720 960 Antony King

Loneliness has found me In the stillness of the night I reach to touch your hand… But your heart has taken flight. This lonely place was once a home So…

Why Poetry Is Not A Hobby

Why Poetry Is Not A Hobby 3335 2111 Kelly Belmonte

A hobby is the boy hunched over his match and Marlboros in back of the bleachers, trying to belong. A hobby is a box of crayons barely used, burnt umber…

Ex-Stasis

Ex-Stasis 4032 2583 Kelly Belmonte

I stand outside my self You across the table drinking something bitter – Me slouched diagonally, stirring what’s in my cup, stirring what’s on my mind or yours. Here I…

Ode to the Fabric of the Cosmos

Ode to the Fabric of the Cosmos 1920 1440 Marcus Goodyear

I’ve read of people who measure light as it refracts through holes and sprays patterns on a screen, a probability wave, the numbers a kind of mathematical Christ. If you…

a red house in the trees

a red house in the trees 4032 3024 Andrew Lafleche

black shingles silver turbine that hasn’t spun doesn’t spin or spins very quickly it appears to be standing still two chairs separated by a small table hold fast in want…

the silence

the silence 4032 3024 Andrew Lafleche

there is the silence to be thankful for there are shooting stars and pulsing satellites the dogs don’t bark into the night, that’s a plus still, they stare at me…

The Man Who Could Work Miracles

The Man Who Could Work Miracles 4752 3168 Ace Boggess

London Film Productions, 1936 “Stand there and look beautiful until I notice you.” —a line from the film   If I could transform matter with a word or two, Erasing…

Where Do People Draw the Line in Hurting Others in Pursuit of Their Own Happiness

Where Do People Draw the Line in Hurting Others in Pursuit of Their Own Happiness 1920 1440 Ace Boggess

[question asked by Christina Hall] What the drugs do, what fear of a break-up leads us to & back— no matter suits we wear, what textbook recitations tell us, we…

After D

After D 1920 1440 Jody Collins

a light rain is falling. perhaps, like the trace of a breeze it will bring a fresh spirit of peace to a world that’s imploding. shattered seeds scatter, soft, floating,…

Those Who Chose Death

Those Who Chose Death 3402 1556 Julie Dibble

Gray cloud spray Creeping over the light of day Dimming plans Tied hands Hearts Broken and bound They see half-gone Never to be found Wishing they were dug deep Under…

Break Forth

Break Forth 1920 1440 A.M. Pine

An inner coming away, beginning over again, an outer rending, cracked in twain. Thin, flaky crust of earth pie, four and twenty red-wings rise to cerulean sky. A birth, a…

Valley of Bones

Valley of Bones 1920 1440 Caroline Bardwell

Through stacks of bones his eyes did wade, a sea of broken bodies piled. Ezekiel breathed and flesh was made and soon the place was running wild. New lives restored…

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