death

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…

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,…

Chinese Bleeding on a Friday

Chinese Bleeding on a Friday 1920 1471 Peter Ngila

Your mami first appeared to you on a Friday morning, three hours after her death. Minutes before, your classmate Nzeli’s bad news, that your mother had given birth and bled…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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