memories

How Do You Call It When

How Do You Call It When 1920 1106 Rodd Whelpley

nothing apparently is imminent, but the extra weight; the hair increasingly, if not the texture, then the hue of the bristles in the wire brush you used to scrape the…

w/an Abundance of Caution

w/an Abundance of Caution 1600 1200 Alejandro Ruiz del Sol

Header photograph © Charlotte Hamrick. Untitled document

Palimpsest

Palimpsest 750 983 Judith Kingston

In which joy and wonder are born out of darkness The bruises are gone but the ridges of your fingerprints can never be rubbed off by other, more gentle hands,…

January

January 1920 1440 Grant Clauser

Winter’s heart is tired, the center of the season something that beats only when the wind knocks against it the way a window cracks when birds mistake its shine for…

Rattlesnakes

Rattlesnakes 1920 773 Trinity Herr

Our smallest hands pulled rattlesnakes from the weeds. They were infants like us. Pads of our index fingers patted their doglike heads, we laughed. They hugged their bodies ‘round our…

And I bent over like a sow

And I bent over like a sow 1920 1440 Elisabeth Horan

Worked me over something good Made me a jenny a heifer a mare Used the gifts I brought to bear My shoulders my muscle my mane Flaxen haired pony…. A…

I am not as old

I am not as old 1920 1440 Robert Alan Rife

No, I am not as old as the wilting membrane of earth – the skin of her secrets, too tightly breast-held and leaky. No, I am not as old as…

A Bump and a Huff

A Bump and a Huff 1920 1080 Ben Nardolilli

Another blue period in the front seat, Dashboard dented, the steering wheel frayed, We come together as everything comes apart, We just want to stop the peeling We take our…

Sharp Parables

Sharp Parables 2500 1406 Emily Osborne

Children hear of water-hoardings. Lorelei floating gold cups, coaxing gullible girls down. Ancient cities settled by kelp and shells. Rivers refusing tossed-in shoes, certain that boys thought dead are somewhere…

How to weave a blanket out of horsehair and spidersilk

How to weave a blanket out of horsehair and spidersilk 1920 1080 Sonja Swift

Smothered by sun and time / one sun drunk lizard / and me with my belly exposed / pine wood rounds / tree rings naked and orange / sap the…

Playing in the Garrett

Playing in the Garrett 1920 1280 Lisa Stice

for Mary “Mamie” Dickens   Hush now, children, Father’s at his work. If faeries come to visit, please, speak in whisper voices, shhhh. Tidy up now, children. Hang your art…

Afternoon in November

Afternoon in November 2500 1406 Jeanna Paden

I can’t hear anyone talk the refrigerator is buzzing I have homework we’re babysitting the neighbor’s dog Daddy comes home around six thirty, or seven, or eight It’s dark and…

From the diary of little boy cries

From the diary of little boy cries 1920 1080 Jacob Fowler

bald rock-room, breathing  sand drenched in the indifference to wildfires there are only two Basque people in Oakland we’re strangers and spend too much time eating ourselves our eyes are…

Come September

Come September 2500 1406 Tiffany Sciacca

We will still walk hand in hand, talking each other down from our brittle edges and I will wonder if my mother’s blood has finally gone bad beneath the skin.…

Exogenesis

Exogenesis 1440 1920 Teneile Warren

I Among them, There is nothing, Collected, Five mango trees Two julie One East Indian A number 11 A hairy Their building A soliloquy on ancestry Their home slotted above…

Juntura

Juntura 1920 1187 Andrew Jones

We’ve learned: the mind may turn to leaky vessel with fealty and narrative tipping into emptiness. So when we round the blind curve of Gold Creek and the outline of…

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…

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…

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…

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…