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Mel Packer: The Bend on the River Road from Homestead

A falling down, bullet-pocked sheet metal wall
Once erected to mark the edges of the 
South Side Jones and Laughlin steel mill

January 31, 2023 · 3 Comments

Laura McCullough: Hero With Only One Face 

He tells me in his diminishing days, death not yet active,
but clearly begun, about his siblings, family shufflings,
foster homes, the orphanage. Who said they would
but then could not, who promised this & forgot that

January 30, 2023 · 3 Comments

Elizabeth Romero: Surfaces

We are trapped waiting
Moving behind the windows
The night weeps and heaves

January 29, 2023 · 9 Comments

Michael Simms: The Ruins

the air full
of transparent wings,
the fox crossing
the innocent road
full of weeds

January 28, 2023 · 25 Comments

Raphael Falco: How Bob Dylan used the ancient practice of ‘imitatio’ to craft some of the most original songs of his time

Bob Dylan is both a modern voice entirely unique and, at the same time, the product of ancient, time-honored ways of practicing and thinking about creativity.

January 27, 2023 · 5 Comments

Emily Dickinson: The Color of the Grave is Green

The Color of the Grave is Green
The Outer Grave—I mean—
You would not know it from the Field—
Except it own a Stone—

January 27, 2023 · 1 Comment

David Kirby: Broken Promises

I have met them in dark alleys, limping and one-armed;   
I have seen them playing cards under a single light-bulb   
and tried to join in, but they refused me rudely

January 26, 2023 · 2 Comments

Kate Daniels: The Poem

Niobe had just lost her son.
To help herself, she read a poem
to those assembled in the funeral home

January 25, 2023 · 9 Comments

Gary Fincke: Headcheese, Liverwurst, a List of Loaves

Our refrigerator
Opened to liverwurst,
Headcheese, a list of loaves:
Luncheon and Luxury

January 24, 2023 · 7 Comments

Sandy Solomon: Metaphoric

Like leaves to sun, people in the room turned
toward her when she appeared at the door—
plain as metaphor—beaming.

January 23, 2023 · 2 Comments

Alexis Rhone Fancher: In Pursuit

A missing person has the right to be missing, she told me right before she disappeared. What does that even mean? I asked the detective. And how long am I supposed to mourn before … Continue reading

January 22, 2023 · 3 Comments

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: One Day

Love Song for the Newly Divorced

January 21, 2023 · 11 Comments

Michael Simms: GUSHER by Christopher Soden

Learning to be oneself and to love oneself is the central narrative in Gusher, a remarkable book about a gay man growing up in Dallas, Texas in the 1980s.

January 21, 2023 · 1 Comment

William Butler Yeats: Byzantium

blood-begotten spirits come

January 20, 2023 · 5 Comments

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