Issue 27 | Winter 2021

A New Kind of Paper

The air in this room makes us sad.


Soft light lands and pops 

on your clavicles


like soap bubbles.


The restoration crew comes and goes

like field medics 


with their state-of-the-art drying 



It all moves so quickly.


We cut each other’s hair

and stare the daisies down until yellow


nearly stares back.


I am slow on the take, 

and you save me.


The restoration crew is nuts


about your idea

for a new kind of paper.

Filed under: Poetry

Glen Armstrong holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters and has three current books of poems: Invisible Histories, The New Vaudeville, and Midsummer. His work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Conduit, and Cream City Review.