“A season of dragon scales and broken dolls”
One approach to redistribution.
“Something /lay waiting just for me, the lynxes at alphabet’s end.”
Anthony DiPietro considers how the body reacts when told something horrifying. For one thing, “the hot water drains from your skull.”
Telaina Eriksen recalls the surreal, backwards feeling many of us felt on 9/11.
“Hey, white guy!” Adam Hughes writes on labels, tokenism, and physics.
Jazz in a Small TownSo much depends on a thick southern air fusedwith honeysuckle, lilac; a little carcass and cowshit adds.One scent riffs of the next. So much of what I seealready has words, images and judgment attached:green to life, white and pure, blue skies and calm.But smell a rotting dog, hip fractured by car wheelsbeneath…
A night of internet porn is “[an] LED lover /covered in fingerprints” and “an open window in view /of eucalyptus and jacaranda.”
Over apologize? Under apologize? Be passive-aggressive? Where’s “that elusive middle ground /where yielding to acknowledgment /opens the door to recognition”?
FatherYou love what’s not there.What’s not there is what’s there to love–a lawn half mowed abandoned to the afternoon,the pale abrupt of the short cut rowsending in lushness. That’s the future of absence.An upswell. Upswell is your favorite metaphor.A wave. A birthday. A mountainside one year after a fire.Blossoming lupine. Devil’s claw. All that tallness, that teeming,that return.***Read more of Randall…
Ancient swastikas on Balinese temples, American Neo-Nazis gathering in Charlottesville, and the August 21st solar eclipse.
Our poetry picks for this year’s Best of the Net!
Liz Ahl gives a succinct portrait of aging and knee problems.
Video games have long been a refuge for awkward gay boys. Matthew Hittinger remembers what it meant “To hide in that rainbow /zone somewhat invincible.”
Having observed the men around her, Sarah Summerson offers a few brief, textured portraits of masculinity.
Isa Guzman reflects on working class fathers, the slipperiness of memory, and the pain of dementia.