Category: Poetry

Issue 26 | Fall 2020

Joanie, Lam: Blythewood, SC, 1990

By | Poetry

I liked the idea that I could make it go away  with words, but ultimately, they would find  nothing because I never wrote.

Issue 26 | Fall 2020

Black Birder

By | Poetry

Instead, he finds the cardinal, drop of blood flitting through the leaves, dancing where the light moves a hand as it breaks here, breaks there, casts shadow against ashen bark.

Issue 26 | Fall 2020

heaven is a dark bloom,

By | Poetry

she knows where the river winds itself around the cliffs, where the snakes polish their lungs in bile, where the darkness multiplies in sleepless schools of fish

Issue 26 | Fall 2020

Testaments from the Departed

By | Poetry

On the bottom shelf,  my shadow.  The middle,  a mirror holds my face. 

Issue 26 | Fall 2020

Anatomy of Morning

By | Poetry

And a cloud in the shape of a sister. This womb emptied of promise. That brief waking moment love has no synonym.

Issue 26 | Fall 2020

Cartography

By | Poetry

I scramble for memory of space— hippocampus dialed in and dialed back—receding, swallowing whole boroughs, reducing whole moods to neighborhoods.

Issue 26 | Fall 2020

Observance

By | Poetry

Soak figs in wine. Eat—on a white tablecloth—a debt of salt (pickles, olives, smoked fish, and capers).

Issue 26 | Fall 2020

Eighth Notes, 1917

By | Poetry

What poem would I write with those letters? What                                                             (portrait on what wall?) words?