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3 Poems photo
July 19, 2013 | Poetry

3 Poems

M. G. Martin

 

will become

the morning your boots are filled with so much gravity that it is impossible to walk up or fall down a hill, will be the morning before violence. on this morning, the edge of

Care of Hardwood Floors photo
July 17, 2013 | Poetry

Care of Hardwood Floors

Liz N. Clift

The gouges / in the floor will become your scars, even as you erase / the life you had together. The floor is your map.

5 Poems photo
July 16, 2013 | Poetry

5 Poems

Siel Ju

 

Parricide

Finally they took over the city of my father,
filled it with mosquitoes and bush fog, threw him
in a river of flamingo feces. His snide asides
fell on foreign ears, for

6 Poems (plus bonus possum poem) photo
July 12, 2013 | Poetry

6 Poems (plus bonus possum poem)

Bill Carty

 

Sound for Fishes

Swim with a rock clutched between your teeth, apple-like. Have a friend do the same. Bang your rock against his rock. It will look like bad CPR. Sound is loudest

Five Poems from Radiant Action photo
July 11, 2013 | Poetry

Five Poems from Radiant Action

Matt Hart

Anything worth saying can be rendered / as an aphorism, might itself be an aphorism, / just so you know     My phrase of the moment / is radiant action...

Guest Host photo
July 8, 2013 | Poetry

Guest Host

Diya Chaudhuri

George Strait’s in this poem now, he’s meddling
with everything.  He’s reading words
with the wrong inflections, making me older
than I know how to be. He wants Texas in here;
[defend

That Old and Good and Old Timey Good New England Butter photo
July 5, 2013 | Poetry

That Old and Good and Old Timey Good New England Butter

Sean Kilpatrick

 

Remember being mammalian in the friar patch?

Remember your best reserve for slattern hells?

Remember being mammalian?

This gizmo stuck in my fuss like a picnic,

4th of July & Two Poems photo
July 4, 2013 | Poetry

4th of July & Two Poems

Katie Schmid

I turned my head so fast / I mistook the moon / for a firework / and then I wanted // to bark too...

from The Midway Iterations photo
June 27, 2013 | Poetry

from The Midway Iterations

T.A. Noonan

& I am in this seat / doing the yeoman’s work / of relocating, of settling / for Florida’s budburst protocol // when I’d rather be on my back / in Arkansas or Illinois, Alabama...

Two Poems photo
June 20, 2013 | Poetry

Two Poems

JSA Lowe

To brood in a cool bath, / imagined all virginal as when a child, // tangle of one single hair calligraphic against hip...

Three Poems photo
June 13, 2013 | Poetry

Three Poems

Carrie Murphy

All the money is wet & gummy / underneath the brightest pink trees. / They fade to breast cancer color when it rains.

3 Poems photo
June 6, 2013 | Poetry

3 Poems

Casandra Lopez

 

Where Bullet Breaks

Come–
See where Bullet broke
Brother, see where I break
where we split into before
and after. We fracture                                          at the root,

Love Poem photo
May 31, 2013 | Poetry

Love Poem

Caleb Curtiss

 

Saw a dog today on my way to the bar
that made me wish we hadn’t put Eileen to sleep,
but then it was on to meet Charlie, who I discovered upon my arrival
had already smoked something

3 Poems photo
May 30, 2013 | Poetry

3 Poems

Gabby Bess

Look at me falling in love with fallible bodies.
Look at me performing emotional labor...

3 Poems photo
May 29, 2013 | Poetry

3 Poems

Katharine Rauk

 

A Preamble to an Explanation of You

It was like I worked in a Popsicle factory
but had never tasted the color red.
I walked the dry tongue of the road
as crickets scritched

2 Poems photo
May 28, 2013 | Poetry

2 Poems

Katelyn Kiley

 

Sticky Fingers

Mick Jagger I want you to pry the top off this maple syrup for me while I flip the pancakes—I didn’t wipe it down before I closed it last & now I fear it’s sealed

3 Poems photo
May 27, 2013 | Poetry

3 Poems

Matthew Savoca

 

poem in the morning

this farmer's tan is not going to go away
all by itself
but what can i do about it?
go to the beach?
take my shirt off at work?
that would not be very

4 Poems photo
May 24, 2013 | Poetry

4 Poems

Kendra Grant Malone

 

After a Late Night Outcall (Creepy Enough to Care)

my feet are so warm
I shouldn't have worn
my felt boots
I didn't mean to be drunk
I'm a dull woman
these days
it's just
I

BLOODJOY 2011 photo
May 23, 2013 | Poetry

BLOODJOY 2011

Daniel Bailey

 to the right of my heart a button °
if you see the button press deeply into me

I am shining brilliantly on my way down the stairs

in 1984 I thought everything existed as light

in

3 Poems photo
May 22, 2013 | Poetry

3 Poems

Stephanie Barber

again andy is crying.
all the days he is crying.

4 Poems photo
May 21, 2013 | Poetry

4 Poems

Timothy Willis Sanders

 

An Interview #1

Vibe Magazine: Why haven’t you shot yourself in the head?

Aaliyah: My mother sits in her padded recliner, stares through a row of Law & Order DVDs and thinks, "I

4 Poems photo
May 20, 2013 | Poetry

4 Poems

Meg Johnson

if I were an Amish girl,
I would leave
for Rumspringa...

5 Poems photo
May 17, 2013 | Poetry

5 Poems

Virginia Konchan

Glissade, pas de bourrée. I stole a bottle of Cointreau from mother’s liquor cabinet

The Gnostics photo
May 16, 2013 | Poetry

The Gnostics

Donora Hillard

In the dream you are not a lamb on fire.

The Haberdash photo
May 15, 2013 | Poetry

The Haberdash

Adam Robinson

Suddenly I want to be the one to leave a party.
Maybe life imitates art after all.

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