Category: Poetry

Issue 20 | Fall 2018

What was promised me

By | Poetry

Nothing. Bandaids for broken bones. Papercuts and pebbles in my shoe. How stars feel on a clear night, trickling pixels hand over hand over sky over sea over air, to me.

Issue 20 | Fall 2018

Welcome to the Occupation

By | Poetry

Week after week, rain infiltrates underground numbers stations / driving saturated secrets like ants from floor and baseboard cracks, / molding enemies of neighbors, our sacred trust bled into puddles.

Issue 20 | Fall 2018

Instructions for Insomnia

By | Poetry

It’s best not to stare at the spiders that hang in corners, from vents, directly above you. Best not to ruminate on the myriad of arachnids your body has ghosted in your throat. Don’t try to imagine this room that looks like him. A disorder of hard-covers arranged by genre. Don’t envy his loud inhales, …

Issue 20 | Fall 2018

Norman, Oklahoma

By | Poetry

Here is my acoustic guitar in a room by itself / with no memories or need for a past. // There is my drunk boyfriend playing poker, / the feral sigh of a cat outside.

Issue 20 | Fall 2018

Who Writes the Last Chapter?

By | Poetry

Remember, sweets, my recurring dream / while you babbled in sleep beside me?

Issue 20 | Fall 2018

No Pet Names Because You Know Who You Are

By | Poetry

to know there is something you should / care to know so I come / ashore on a mainland / of you because I am / an island slammed

Issue 20 | Fall 2018

Conversations with my Father

By | Poetry

It brings him back to the seminary in the 1950s / when he found God everywhere. / None of his five children go to church, / but I promise to engage in regular discourse.

Issue 20 | Fall 2018

King of Thorns

By | Poetry

My womb was promised a child. / She exists solely for that purpose and yet I keep denying her / the chance to reach her full potential. / There have been opportunities—mistakes—dodged / encounters where her hopes are raised and / I am sobbing, clutching the bathroom sink and my stomach. / She hates me.