Editor wrote a new post, The Necessity of Lying 6 years, 2 months ago
When they were small, I’d line them up
before we’d go into the grocery store,
spit on a tissue and wipe their faces,
straighten their hair, inspect.
They say now I was marking them.
I’ve watch […]
Editor wrote a new post, Bulletproof 6 years, 2 months ago
After my father’s third wife left him, he tacked up a paper target onto the center of the cathode ray credenza and pegged a picture of my latest step-mother over it. He towed the fridge into the sitting room, p […]
Editor wrote a new post, Listing: Areas of my Dwelling 6 years, 2 months ago
Where do you form, irony, to then become formless?
What whistles these are, from disintegrated yokes afar?
Fourteenth century […]
Editor wrote a new post, The Nest 6 years, 2 months ago
Since you left,
this apartment got smaller.
Like you packed away
the space you existed in,
and carried it off with you.
A whole world by your side,
in a purse.
What you left
are echoes of […]
Editor wrote a new post, The Interrogations 6 years, 2 months ago
After Margot Canaday’s The Straight State
At Ellis Island
they found the immigrant’s body
also a small, atrophied penis,
testicle undesc […]
Editor wrote a new post, Opening Day in Denver 6 years, 2 months ago
Dissolving through the throngs on LoDo streets.
Beer soaked smiles and purple clothed melee.
Bars brimming full with possibility.
First Rockies home game only minutes away.
The golden bubbly […]
Editor wrote a new post, Barbara Siegel Carlson 6 years, 2 months ago
A big wave was coming. My car rose, then filled with water. O God, this can’t be happening! I looked up, my car could fly! It rocked up over the trees, skimmed the tops. Through the clear bottom I […]
Editor wrote a new post, Running 6 years, 2 months ago
My eyes fold on the
past – a frozen wasteland
These may be
false hopes, but they
heal the wounds we
Insecure stains of the distant
slowly crawling c […]
Editor wrote a new post, Secret Admirer 6 years, 2 months ago
You’ve fallen a little in love with your oncologist. The wisdom in the creased skin around his eyes, the sureness of the neat part in his silver hair. The way he holds the chart with steady hands, his intense l […]
Editor wrote a new post, John Kristofco 6 years, 2 months ago
they all said it was “bottomless,”
that lake past all the farms,
a couple hours’ drive;
they said boats went down
and never left a trace, vanished
as if swallowed whole by tim […]
Editor wrote a new post, A Paper of Breathings 6 years, 2 months ago
A boy of birdpoems
and monstrous stories
a painter of numbered rocks
frozen from their histories
a swinger of vines
a creek leaper
a loam digger
and salamander na […]
Editor wrote a new post, Taylor Boughnou 6 years, 2 months ago
To-day, I thought of you. Who I’m kidding? Not a day that memories of you, of us—how we were together, slips past. How long it’s been now: a year, many years or was it in another time and […]
Editor wrote a new post, Cremation 6 years, 2 months ago
A black drape flutters
before my face or is it
a heavy veil of smoke
while offering prayer
for a friend
following a cremation.
Let the dark pall shield my eyes
dim my mind from k […]
Editor wrote a new post, They Were Jumping 6 years, 2 months ago
j u m p i n g
they called it.
with legs the
that could be
heard from one end
of the block
to the oth […]
Editor wrote a new post, Second Opinions (after the visit) 6 years, 2 months ago
and for a minute she couldn’t breathe. Leaving the cracker-white medical arts building she drove directly to the fast, cold river and dove in. There, sta […]
Editor wrote a new post, After the War 6 years, 2 months ago
The night was yellow. A city of light bulbs, ready to blow out. At the top, the Ferris wheel stopped sharply with a rust-covered clank heard across the park, and a woman screamed. Couples held hands a little […]
Editor wrote a new post, Promises 6 years, 2 months ago
The setting is in and around Harvard Law School, 1973. It’s a Sunday afternoon. Although I should be spending my time working on my law review article, I sit in the library writing a note on reasons for ending m […]
Editor wrote a new post, The Thud of Escapement 6 years, 2 months ago
It comes to me in the watch museum.
It’s weights, hammers and gears.
The thud of an escapement.
The dominoes of a story.
I stand inside a pocketwatch
and lose myself to in […]
Editor wrote a new post, Palette 6 years, 2 months ago
I strut into Sephora—a large makeup store—“just to look” and come out with lipstick: matte mauve, glittering nude, a glossy green, daring, my mother claiming it makes me look ill, zombified, ridiculous. But I f […]
Editor wrote a new post, You Can’t Go Home Again 6 years, 2 months ago
Returning to their home town after 25 years
was surreal. They got lost trying to get to
the high school. The ice cream stand they worked in
was now a dry cleaners, while Old Smith’s Farm
was g […]
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