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Robinson Jeffers: Rock and Hawk

Here is a symbol in which
Many high tragic thoughts
Watch their own eyes.

October 22, 2021 · 1 Comment

Gary Fincke: The Double Negatives of the Living

I could talk
Two hours past midnight with
My father in the steelworker
Idiom of his city.

October 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

Tayve Neese: Prophecy of the Four-Legged

The horned things knew
the scent of blood usurping sweet hay
as the woman cracked and sang.

October 20, 2021 · 1 Comment

Earl S. Braggs: Such is the Love Story of Sally

It was not the first time that Thomas Jefferson asked
her to dance.

October 19, 2021 · 4 Comments

Kari Gunter-Seymour: That Spot where Raccoon Creek Meets Brush Fork

I wish I could say
I lay your body under the honeysuckle
the day you crossed over, let vine and wisp
hang nectar all around you.

October 18, 2021 · 2 Comments

Rachel Hadas: Fire Pit

Gathered, we watched flames
flickering and drawing us together.
It was hard to pull our eyes away.

October 16, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: A Small Antelope Horn

Sitting by the fire with a nomadic tribe, a physicist ponders the many shapes of wisdom.

October 16, 2021 · 4 Comments

Angele Ellis: Dances of Death | In Tango Below a Narrow Ceiling, an experimental young Syrian poet makes his book-length debut in English

What would happen in this vast dagger
If America stopped eating human flesh
For three days?

October 15, 2021 · 6 Comments

Herman Melville: Art

In placid hours well-pleased we dream
Of many a brave unbodied scheme.
But form to lend, pulsed life create,
What unlike things must meet and mate…

October 15, 2021 · 3 Comments

Jose Padua: A Short History of Monsters and Everything Else that Gives Substance to the Dream

in deference to the perverse dreaming
of the dwindling numbers of the upwardly mobile as
they trash and burn their merry way to their new luxury
condominiums decorated in beautiful pastel colors.

October 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

Judith Sanders: Feeding the Horses at Crystal Spring Farm

Out past the empty barn,
twin Percherons, tall as steeples,
canter across their meadow
to greet my small son and me.

October 13, 2021 · 2 Comments

Gregory Djanikian: The Aestheticians of Genocide

Along the Euphrates, some women
died in their own blood, and some,
holding their children close,
threw themselves into the river

October 12, 2021 · 4 Comments

Rosaly DeMaios Roffman: When Christina Called

And when he was little and screamed 
because the circus in town was rained out
she then told him to wait–to please wait–
that old issue of trust in the steady gods

October 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Romero: Wind

The evidence of wind is in the scarves
Of people waiting for the bus

October 10, 2021 · 2 Comments

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