Poetry 2012 / Volume 43

Things We Have Seen Before — Jeffrey N. Johnson

His face hidden by newsprint, smoke rising, slow methodical turning of the pages. Sitting at his feet, I was struck by the largeness of his shoes and my smallness before him. Headlines read of Nixon’s pardon and Patty Hearst’s arrest, but I could not read them until my grandfather was done with the paper. For … Continue reading

Poetry 2012 / Volume 43

Epiphanies in the Form of Birds — Rob Schultz

Epiphanies in the form of birds, Athena’s owl, Aphrodite’s doves, their light—gravity—how humbling anything with wings like hands lifting and a voice that sings, not one’s own, but an articulation outside coming in that points to another other than self, to the invisible. It is insistent, urging, repeating itself, almost apostolic. It is nurturing, emptying … Continue reading