Poem: Bruce McRae


Smudge The world is being drawn badly, the sun like the sun, the moon like the moon, stars likened unto other stars. Here’s a town that’s a smudge, a sea that’s smeared, hills painted with outlandish perspectives, a few stick-figures added on as an afterthought, giving us some idea of the scale, of the limited … Continue reading

Poem: Holly Day

how it ends

How It Ends my hands wrap around the room, tie us together with open palms filled with sharp teeth and words that keep you here. outside is nothing but streetlights and hunger sleazy bars and one-night stands I have made myself so heavy here you won’t be able to make me leave. Holly Day has … Continue reading

Poem: Charlene Taylor


Grapefruit I sang to you hot and hollow, a distant rhythm. My own pulsing howl at night. You flew to flush my face, beating heat between wings. My own cicada summer. You were my own sweet and sour seasonal hybrid. My own acidic forbidden grapefruit. You shed your shell – held back your peel, with … Continue reading

Poem: Adam Middleton-Watts

Photo by Ashley Crabill

Old For forty years or more they’ve known each other’s heat, the stale weight of innumerable mornings, the sinking and softening of flesh, hair curled dry to silver crisps or gone, eyes glazed and distant. The grunts, the groans, the indefatigableness of time. Incomplete dialogue concluded in the ether, slippered shuffles to a far-off kitchen, … Continue reading

Poem: Kevin Casey


At the West End of Long Pond Rocking gently by the crib, the anchor paid out just a few feet across the rocks heaped up inside the old log frame submerged beneath the pond, the May morning drifts by. A half mile out, by the river’s inlet, the giant granite rock still keeps its watch … Continue reading

Poem: Sherry Horowitz


We, Your Vineyard “…We are your Children and You, our Father. We are your Nation and You, our King. We are your Servants and You, our Master. We are your Vineyard and You, our Watchman…” —Except from a hymn of the Ne-ilah Service on Rosh Hashana. Clematis, Wisteria, Honeysuckle— cuttings that lace like lashings and … Continue reading

Poem: Toti O’Brien


5 Handmade Poem for Lynne Bronstein 1. One is soft mud I gather in a bucket (bright yellow) then I carry in a shady corner under a citrus tree by the stone wall where I’ll soon stick my first statuette: a brown bear, a primitive bas-relief, my own Altamira. My chest then expands like God’s … Continue reading

Poem: Chloe N. Clark


Godzilla Takes Iowa! At night I hear the crickets screaming and I think they better scream because Godzilla is coming and HE will devour them. I have a recent recurring nightmare that Godzilla destroys Ames. Except I’m not sure it’s a nightmare, because in it I am always fine. I watch destruction from the sidelines … Continue reading

Poem: Jonathan Travelstead


Aubade, Alaska In Clam Gulch ruddy face-rubbed doors yawn open to frozen strangers. Toyotas, Peterbilts, and Subarus—in them the Samaritans’ feet worry engines past all reason. Hem. A gondola’s cree up a mountain cable. Haw. The low burr of tires grinding wheel wells. __________ Dog, I know you by the sound of cloud-bit, over-mushed huskies … Continue reading

Poem: Peycho Kanev


Wait The bruised sky hangs above the street just to report that it’s leaving me for good The single begonia in my garden, illuminating the house at night, is leaving me too Hundreds of black birds seeding the sky – Wait Don’t leave me too! Let’s read a book together or write a poem or … Continue reading


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