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Leonard Gontarek: Coffee

1 For the young women going door to door, black dresses, fishnet stockings, asking if we’ve thought about death on this beautiful fall Saturday. For the light that has made … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 11 Comments

Doug Anderson: The Way Back

. Dear American left (what left? who’s left?): could it be that while we were stamping our feet in righteousness the Right ran off with the store? Could it be … Continue reading

January 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Djelloul Marbrook: Poetry as Lightning

Poetry is by its very nature subversive. Poetry is the lightning of a society. In its flashes the demons of a society glow. The copper-wired job of the critical establishment … Continue reading

January 5, 2015 · 5 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: For my Nam buddies

this isn’t a poem about manly battlefields and the many dead it’s a modern sonnet about traffic jams and medical exams and my eyes dilated and my novel a block … Continue reading

December 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: Power

Not the six fingered queen with her drifting eye but the hot-cheeked scullery maid, breasts resting on the plate of fruit she carries. Not the King, head-soft with syphillis but … Continue reading

December 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: The Age of Resistance

When all the things I used to whisperdecline into words left unheard like liquid spilling from a cup away from the tongue and onto the table is when I will … Continue reading

October 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Djelloul Marbrook: Don’t Believe the Libel that Poets Don’t Engage in Politics

Watching, we won’t see leaves break through the smooth finality of surface. This strophe from Rusty Morrison’s poem, “History of Seed,”* explains to a wondrous extent the way we are beguiled … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: Questions in July

  Where does terror come from? Possibly from people who are terrified. Why does it hurt more when the killed were boys on a beach? They had the breath of the sea in their … Continue reading

July 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: Two Poems

  To Israel Are you sleeping well? What do you tell your children, studying history? It was so evil, that people could herd us and hurt us, steal our homes … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

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