Current Poetry

Quiet

Susan Schulz

                                   —a golden shovel after Diane Seuss’ frank: sonnets pg 37

Let me first say I never knew if
you left me or I left you.
My therapist wants me to consider what it is that I want
and I tell her I think it’s a toasted pumpernickel bagel with butter but I can’t because of the 

Quiet2022-06-27T03:41:42+00:00

Postcard from Where You are Not

Susan Schulz

So many things are happening. So many things keep happening you wouldn’t believe it. Or maybe you would. The snow was bad in the Southtowns last night. Do you know about those kinds of things? I’ve just finished Ammons’ Garbage and I’ve folded down the corner on the page where he says life is not first for being remembered but for being lived!  But here I am lost in the remembering again, pressing two fingers deep […]

Postcard from Where You are Not2022-06-26T23:58:57+00:00

Fear from Fright

David P. Miller

I carried rubber gloves as prophylactics
against alien doorknobs. We scrubbed
our groceries, panicked that our plague
might be as much attached to fomites
as to aerosols.  I couldn’t quite believe
that still-warm laundry would corrupt
after resting on an unsterilized tabletop.
I also didn’t disbelieve it.

May I allow myself a modest smile for
the physical dread we handed, one to one?
In place of homo sapiens’ religion of
raw dominance over […]

Fear from Fright2022-06-28T03:19:35+00:00

Agave Oracle

Michael Berton

when the tequila runs out
poets in Mexico will write
elegies to honor
los borrachos
who will become atheists
refusing to acknowledge
patron saints’ days
for only the cowardly
can consent to live
a dishonored life

About the Author

Michael Berton is an educator, world traveler, percussionist and tequila aficionado. He has had poems appear in Cold Noon, Sin […]

Agave Oracle2022-06-27T04:01:41+00:00

Aquaintance

Fred Pollack

A small clean flat in a mixed low-crime
arrondissement. White wife from
a once-Communist family.
No kids. Familiar on the metro (which
he has always disliked but accepts); in 
their local place, a two-star restaurant.
Adds numbers for a firm in La Défense.
Works well, but won’t be made department head.
Some of those numbers, elsewhere, create scenes
like those he remembers – everything possible
done to his village, […]

Aquaintance2022-06-27T04:03:37+00:00

The Body, Holy Island of Lindesfarne

Annette M. Sisson

This small earth, the tide’s salt-edged tongues, damp licking. Breath eddies, swells the sponge of lungs, lobes suspended amid sky and sea, exhaling, exhaling. Gust gathers, sweeps through the priory ruins, presses sheaves of basalt, wrenches cord grass and bogbean—the chest-hinge opens. Blood thumps. Gale surges, crests, pummels laps of sand. Ancient monks murmur, figments in spray. Slick, mercurial bodies, molded heads—grey seals bob in surf; they lumber to shore, clamber onto rock, keep vigil, quiet as gospel on calfskin.

 

About […]

The Body, Holy Island of Lindesfarne2022-06-26T23:58:57+00:00

Outside the Frame

Annette M. Sisson

Outside the Frame
                after Remedios Varo’s painting “Rupture”

A woman resists the canvas, her journey—
               silent birth, the slit between gravid

doors. She descends wide stairs
               as if steps were shallow coffins

of ancestors’ bones. If she reaches
              the flat path, she might breathe

new air—or be locked away.
              She inches down, again, again,

measured, her feet subtle, sun

Outside the Frame2022-06-26T23:58:57+00:00

At Thirteen

At thirteen

Peeling potatoes in my mother’s kitchen
              I never thought I’d ever get to be twenty.
                            Didn’t think of growing old, only of stillness

some sort of frozen time in the peeling of ages
             while the trees would endlessly
                             blossom on a full moon, the summers

would always bring seed-filled fruits
        […]

At Thirteen2022-06-27T04:06:42+00:00