genre: Poetry

West County Saint Louis

West County Saint Louis

By James Bradley Wells   

Stealing glances at the glowering clockface, Wednesday afternoon, the workweek’s foreboding balance sheet. The liabilities are quarts of good intentions rotting on the vine. Beading assets are teaspoonfuls of quicksilver. Quarts and teaspoons are inscrutable units. Meaning-well carries Happy Hour arguments in favor of ascending out of the red. Unventured ventures worm into old wounds… Read more »


Miniature

Miniature

By James Bradley Wells   

Was I so small and contained, small to together with younger sister Julie, contained to swim, sunlit, shore to shore, across the ocean of a washtub filled with water? Swimsuits, summer trips to Thayer Missouri, grandparents’ farmhouse, from the picnic table, mother and father cackle. Adulthood and its ulterior motives, I tried very hard to… Read more »


On the Fence

On the Fence

By J. Allyn Rosser   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


Unlikely Story

Unlikely Story

By Dave Smith   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


Astronomer

Astronomer

By James Richardson   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


Pines

Pines

By James Richardson   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


Bowling Shirt

Bowling Shirt

By Sandy Gingras   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


Big Baby

Big Baby

By Sandy Gingras   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


Objection

Objection

By Mark Halliday   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


Ghost Creeping

Ghost Creeping

By Mark Halliday   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


Then

Then

By James Ralston   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


Black Swan

Black Swan

By Mihaela Moscaliuc   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


Swan Song

Swan Song

By Lawrence Raab   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


Assignment

Assignment

By Lawrence Raab   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


Everything is What

Everything is What

By Laura McCullough   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


Horse Heaven

Horse Heaven

By Greg Djanikian   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


Body to Body

Body to Body

By Greg Djanikian   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


L’Annunciazione

L’Annunciazione

By Bryon MacWilliams   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


From Downsizing

From Downsizing

By Alicia Ostriker   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


Ode to the Tongue

Ode to the Tongue

By Jeff Worley   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


Equal Abandon

Equal Abandon

By Renée Ashley   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


Siren

Siren

By Bruce Bond   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


Presently

Presently

By Robert Wrigley   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


Flames

Flames

By Barbara Daniels   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


This Time

This Time

By Peter E. Murphy   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


A Rhetoric

A Rhetoric

By Kathleen Graber   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


Music

Music

By Andrea Hollander   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


Thirst

Thirst

By Kim Dower   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


Nobody’s Poem

Nobody’s Poem

By Michael Waters   

This piece is part of our Fall 2018 print issue.


The Blue Mimes / Los mimos azules

The Blue Mimes / Los mimos azules

By Sara Daniele Rivera   

4 de julio: costa verde  We turn the corner and I see her doubled over the seaside bench in taut, iridescent blue. Every movement, slight: fingers skim the ankle, head angles up, shoulders roll down. Her partner approaches from behind, teardrops half-painted beneath his eyes. When he walks he walks stilted, a rhythm: green coast.… Read more »


at the department of social services

at the department of social services

By Celeste Schantz   

We sit in the failure factories; we, the apparition of working mothers clutching our utility shut-off notices. This form says provide proof of your destitution, please summarize your poverty please add emotional abuses in these two lines please multiply by the darkness of the members of your household; keep your faces down, fill out the… Read more »


The Holy of Holies Man

The Holy of Holies Man

By Isaac Black   

“An obeah-man never dies, sir — the Devil looks after him.”                           –Eden Phillpotts for A.R., Harlem, 1985 Somehow, you knew you were naked, in trouble. Something was wrong, because you didn’t feel sacred but tired. Knowing that brain neutrons were going hay-wire wasn’t fun. After the herbal sponge bath, you’d stand in the tub… Read more »


Dysphoria Id Est

Dysphoria Id Est

By Emily Florence Morley   

Back when you were a boy, you were Matt. Now? You say: Call me Matt(ie), or Matt—which is to say, paint your nails scarlet as much as you desire, though she who carries Adam’s apple presents Original Sin to the world. Translation: there’s a serpent in your garden, & yes, that’s euphemism (& yes, that’s… Read more »


On My Two-Year-Old Brother Gone Missing

On My Two-Year-Old Brother Gone Missing

By Eileen Cleary   

Not his ride-on pony, but its print on the grass. (    ) Galloping white space gathering its fields. Nicker whisper. Thunder burn. (   ) Once at Angelo’s grocery, I reached for a small boy. (   ) We thought, perhaps Rhode Island. Or a border town nearby. (    ) The stars on his face haven’t mapped… Read more »