25 March 2016 on Poetry

The babysitter came with a suitcase full of crap we liked: old clothes, naked Barbies with limbs scratched by some unknown girl. We ate TV dinners; mine rubber corn, burnt...


“As I Read About Japan” by Michael Mingo

11 March 2016 on Poetry

The wind blows the pages from under my thumb, one way then another. I'm learning about the occupation, that malaise that hangs heavy over their cities like helicopters, black as...


“One Hundred and Fiftieth Shiloh” by M. A. Schaffner

05 February 2016 on Poetry

Festival ended, driving home we think the eggs were farby reproductions but apples showed a realistic size. Non-smoking rooms available. Been there, done that, got the steamboat ticket: West Tennessee...


“Among Green Islands” by Nate Pritts

04 December 2015 on Poetry

I wake to an unnaturally loud noise             insects in summer             a sharpened trill intense in the damp air which is otherwise flooded with the scent of grass                                        & nostalgic light....


“Sketch in Northwest Arkansas” by Nathan Parker

13 November 2015 on Poetry

a stretch of fruit-strewn shade its vinegary yawn and meandering bones quick to make the blond with the apple between her mattresses say this is not a good place to...


“Portal” by Nathan Parker

13 November 2015 on Poetry

I've grown tired, walking stupidly around the house Saturdays, picking up shoes and receipts, rooting through the freezer for a cookie or a portal, sitting on a cold piano bench...


“The New Geography” by Michael Pontacoloni

30 October 2015 on Poetry

Like saran wrap taut around the rim of a crater on the moon, I am not good for much but keeping in and keeping out. Though, quiet as a map,...


Fragments by Gregory Lawless

09 October 2015 on Poetry

Etc. Fragment Their marriage           was ending he waved his    hands and gave          examples Divorce Fragment “Everything she said,”           he said, “was in italics.” Divorce Fragment...


“This Thing Of Ours” by Julia Shipley

25 September 2015 on Poetry

Shark teeth, petrified wood, lump of crystalline. And so? Teeth of shark “killed off coast of Labrador.” Oh. Petrified wood from “the petrified forest where huge trees… lie just as they...


A Conversation With Jean Valentine

25 April 2015 on Poetry

I first was introduced to Jean Valentine’s poetry around the moment when I began to take my writing seriously, and it is perhaps no coincidence that these two events occurred...


“The Man Talks About His New Telescope” by Charles Rafferty

10 April 2015 on Poetry

  It was a gift from my daughter. Twenty years ago I would have used it to size up a job, to see who had the best TVs, the most...


“Lightning in the Desert” by Adam Deutsch

20 March 2015 on Poetry

  It could be the papers that knock just before a fire goes out under dinner. Served. Then the silent flashes are closer than we think. Count your Mississippis. Make...

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