2012 November

Gaelle Voltaire – So Many Holes in the Brain (Poems)

Mater It seemed that all day when I was wandering the city, I was surrounded by a cone of silence and now here I am confronted with this child, and all I hear is noise. The noise of pattering steps, the rustling of clothing as this ugly little thing grasped earnestly for my embrace, the […]

Neil Mathison – Kites

From my tree perch, high above the playground jungle gym, two girls gather blossoms. What near-pubescent sirens they are! One, in blue, her jersey flowered Swedish yellows, a clothier’s catalog girl, a Gap-for-Kids girl, a golden Hanna-Andersson model. The other in black – black curly hair, black Nikes silvered by Hermes wings, black double-knee sweats […]

Dennis Doherty – Epic

They rise up like bubbles from the black silt bottom of your oceanic mind: tendrils, crustacean eggs intent on life malign, effluence of demon anemones, the slippery spirit spies of your gulf stream, shadow eyes of the truant ebb tide. They bide alignment, organize in time. Soon, they’ll take away your Zune, your Xbox, Your […]

Dennis Doherty – A Kind of Order

A Kind of Order I love a pint of Sierra Nevada after three straight classes followed by three straight hours of student advising during registration week, wise guys in the bar be damned Unretrained fingers touch the flaming 401k to the gas in the foreclosed basement, smoke commingling with former jobs and phony investments and […]

Amanda Koester – He’d be Home by Then

He’d never say a word to her. He’d remain strong, unscathed, a man, her father. He’d place no weight on her, and she would remain his warrant, a ticket to continue, though he would move on unreachable, the sun could not warm his skin, the cold could not leave from the trees, Ann could not […]

Barbara Stork – Recession Leaves

Text for Leaf No.1: May 12, 2008 Postville, IA, at Aaron’s Best Kosher Meat Packing Plant/ Largest Immigration Raid in US History/ 389 workers arrested/ Black Hawk Helicopters/ Riot gear/ marched ten at a time into a temporary courtroom Waterloo Iowa- the ballroom of the National Cattle Congress. Text for Leaf No.2: July 24, 2008 […]