She’s choking on the inspirational music / from the nurse tech’s radio, something about running and fire
We define ourselves by what we believe
And with one look back, / as if to say, Is it okay to go in now? / or maybe to declare it, Yes!
Our eyes are full / of glitter and guile, our mouths spin / voodoo, I am gorgeous with my cigarette, / you’re a gangster with your sazerac
Dennis J. Bernstein has been a longtime front line reporter specializing in Human Rights. His poetry has appeared in the New York Quarterly, Chimaera, Bat City Review, elsewhere.
Boys toeing candied heads / beneath their boots, / rolling them back one step on the macadam / and then forward. Back two steps / and then forward. You grinning Apocalypse, / all this is yours
let us hold hands as we walk through the fire
Dorothea Lasky’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Boston Review, among other places. She is the author of three books of poems.
Melissa Broder is the author of two collections of poems, most recently MEAT HEART. Poems appear in Guernica, Redivider, The Missouri Review, Court Green, et al. She edits La Petite Zine.
Three poems by renowned poet and author of 19 books.