Blog Post / Fall 2016 / Poetry / Poetry 2016 / Volume 47

Free For All–Dustin Brown

I. A first kiss, on a fouton smudged blue by broken pens. A night I’ve craved for fortnights is lengthened by carbon dioxide held against its will, only to moisten foreign lips. During Ravel’s left-handed concerto I hold her hand meditatively, mindfully aware, and each pulse brokers torrents of a resolution, of the distant ticks … Continue reading

Blog Post / Fall 2016 / Issues / Poetry / Poetry 2016 / Volume 47

CASA de la LUZ–Krikor Der Hohannesian

Nothing more could be done, so on a bright desert morning they came. Your home, existential oasis, where you intended to stay to the very last, the trailer with its “gate to nowhere”, plunked amid the saguaro, prickly pear and tumbleweed, where never again would you lay your head under star-studded nights. Where feral cats … Continue reading

Blog Post / Fall 2016 / Issues / Poetry / Poetry 2016 / Volume 47

Home of the Brave–Paul Lubenkov

Just look at these freaks they’re nowhere and everywhere half in love with their great hunger and stuffing themselves with succulent meals of soft white food but what do they care they don’t care about towers of silence the great perishing trees how even on the clearest days something is always blurring the sky why … Continue reading

Blog Post / Fall 2016 / Issues / Poetry / Poetry 2016 / Volume 47

When Financial Meltdown Strikes Again, What Will Jamie Dimon Do?–Paul Lubenkov

‘I’ll come and foreclose, get your car and your clothes, Singin’ I’m jolly banker am I.’ –Woody Guthrie The odds are long, the threat is huge, And dark clouds litter the horizon While yesterday’s red meat turns bad. The smiling Shell Answer Man Is nowhere to be found, my friend, And lonely Mister Clean, singing … Continue reading

Blog Post / Fall 2016 / Issues / Poetry / Poetry 2016 / Volume 47

Anvil Chest–Skylor Andrews

other people feel this too   other people feel this mess   this time   this                  place   the crush of the anvil                          chest   comic   comedic   comedian on the stage of your forehead anchored by eyebrows   walking within worry lines of a worry wart   sorry                I digress   … Continue reading

Blog Post / Fall 2016 / Issues / Poetry / Poetry 2016 / Volume 47

The Letter Z Marries a Stratocaster–Alan Britt

Pterodactyl shoulders slumped. Patches ripped from my uniform. Sewn patches, not low class iron-ons, no sir, those patches were real for a while, until I went to prison for something I didn’t do; that’s when they sealed all my patches inside a manila envelope, my name in permanent marker across tin clips splayed like road … Continue reading

Blog Post / Fall 2016 / Issues / Poetry / Poetry 2016

Binding the Strong Man–David Tuvell

Protagonists came, telltale sails on the horizon, and brought a map of a plot for the Hawaiians: an argument disguised as song, a margin account their brokers could negotiate. Each native sound a tax of luxury, they, cure by cure, began to incorporate. Immersion schools preserve their tapestry,   and plainsong tourists love that old-time … Continue reading