Poetry

Poetry

“Ground Rules” by Tim DeJong

08 May 2020 on Poetry

The boy sits in a field.He is four or maybe three.Red-shirted, blue-shorted, he arranges his gathered trifles, loose sticks, wasp’s wing, snail’s shell,sifts fragments too minor to signify.The weedy grass around...

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“God as an Illinois hops farm” by Anna Girgenti

24 April 2020 on Poetry

in early July, just before harvest, mud on the frilly white hemof my sundress. Barefoot. We squeeze the last drops of beer from the keg — my little brother barely...

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“Canyon Fire” by Patricia Caspers

03 April 2020 on Blog, Poetry

Another August morning the sky opensits smoke-heavy wings, and after so many years of silence, we hello each other in the cafe,as if not knowing the wooded placewhere we parked...

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“Adams Apple.” by John Malone

20 March 2020 on Poetry

This is the tie worn by JFK the day he was killed (I show you a tie). Jackie had it washed and placed in a museum – a symbol of the...

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“Berries-n-Crème” by Preeti Vangani

28 February 2020 on Poetry

Mouth open, I runmy mother’s last lipstickover my lips. I’d forfeitall my wordsfor a snippet of her voice.Her absence keeps swinging into my framelike a door with a broken latch,the mysterious spotin...

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“The Redistricting of Anticipation & Dread” by Duncan Campbell

14 February 2020 on Poetry

Our inclination is to assume witnessfor the grand & inevitable. Many, for example, believe the worldwill end in their lifetimes.Imagine—languor of booted feet suspendedout the passenger window, laces dithering in the...

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“Habit” by Gail Martin

29 November 2019 on Poetry

That was the day I began to paint the rabbitwith a flat straw hat, a smaller rabbit on top of that, another hat, a caption that says, “When My Feelings Have Feelings.”...

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“Clouds” by Amanda Span

08 November 2019 on Poetry

My father couldburn holes in the cloudswith the power of his mind: Watch, he says,looking at the stretchof sky above us, a sheet on the sandbeneath our backs. Right there. He...

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“Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation” by Katherine Fallon

25 October 2019 on Poetry

I.  Heather, in your dream my loved ones were dunking and holding me underwater as treatment. Everyone, you say, seemed to believe this was a good idea. In truth, your...

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“Where Deer Sleep” by George Payne

04 October 2019 on Poetry

My three-year-old son asked me where deer sleep. So I took him into a space that is not meant for fathersand sons. There, we found a ritual thathas nothing to...

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“Return to Sender” by Natalie Homer

20 September 2019 on Poetry

My doe with the limp is one fawn short since spring.Some time later, in the low moan of a snowstormshe canters back to the woods, alone. Yearly pilgrimage to Ohio—past...

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Out with a Bang

03 May 2019 on Blog, Poetry, Storystorm

Two of Barnstorm’s poetry readers are graduating from the MFA program this spring; before they head out, Milo and Morgan took the time to share their thoughts on the evolution...

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