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This Month's Selections

OLD LOVE LETTERS

I too have my stack hidden in a cranny. Photos from my time on the romantic equator. I don’t seem to ever get around to throwing it out, –the longing, I mean, I mean longing, I mean  longing I mean

Nurse at a Bus Stop

The slow traffic takes a good long look. Jilted bride of public transport, alone in the shelter, the fireproof bin and shatter-proof glass scrawled with the cave-art of cocks and hearts. It’s late, Friday, the graveyard shift, you’re ready to

Two Poems

Night World   The barbed-wire vines knot the azaleas in the DMZ of the border yard. Everywhere I find the sign of signs: the abandoned wreck of a cardinal’s nest, over-mortgaged, or under water; the snout divots of armadillos, shy,

ATTRACTION

  a literary critic wrote some thirty years back i have an inner strength and would succeed in the end to convince i haven’t convinced anyone and i have no inner strength other than when I fight for nothing like how

SOMETHING LIKE A WING

One day they took him in a car all over the country and he hid in his room for a week: Knowledge diminishes me. He sits by the window looking into the world’s vague and proximate mouth. Insects and jewels

Two Poems

A Photo Of My Father That Doesn’t Actually Exist   – Washington Square Park, 1950, for example   Her clothing says Old Europe till my father’s angular face emerges from the blur, a skinny six-year-old in awe of tall buildings

Micah

For a moment I was on trial and I looked at my three judges with something not of contempt exactly but more of curiosity distance but respect even something of pity which surprised me for those who held my future

Delete the Bird

My will was just a constant cuckoo by the hour I arrived, not mine but calling me the epitome of waste. He warned me toward him by an inch of dangling wire that charged each minute into noise. I longed

“All the time I pray to Buddha…”

“All the time I pray to Buddha I keep on killing mosquitoes.”   — Issa   Issa, I killed 8 gophers this fall, held each cold body in my open palm,   stroking the river colored fur between their silent

LEONTES

Elusive, but only sweetened by Disuse, souls I’d entered once before Once again trouble the surfaces of life With their small noises and single color… Picture the dream before the last dream Of a troubled night—something like that.   There

ALL THE BOYS

my face is old now crinkles like permanent sleep lines I suppose I am getting ready for that ultimate slumber   still I like to feel the bed sheets against my legs imagine someone grabbing hold of my ankles working

SPENCER HILL

is steep, so breathing hard we sink down into a front pew, while the pallbearers, in the rich black of 16th century prosperity, step down into the sanctuary, easily balancing her wooden coffin, whom we knew only in these last