Litmus Test by Aaron Harme

I spent all morning watching a show about going to jail, complete with the girl in orange chains and too-small shirt demanding to know the location of her jaguar, car or jungle cat I’m not sure. She said she fired her Glock 17 into the air and didn’t fire it at the same time, and … Continue reading

Murmur by Hannah Andersen

It’s a horrible thing, to be filled with so much poetry one cannot sleep or eat or shear the sheep or strike the wheat down. The tongue runs fluid, smoothed by the fluted bones of past perceptions and passing poems. And the poetry speaks like a dying man, whispers into the shadows of the mind … Continue reading

Summarizing by Sandy Day

So angry I turn on the beach my foot in the give way of pebbles by the shore the crunch and squishing futility of the foothold. I am not the drowned kitten floating so long ago – that hot summer when the lake putrefied and the sun held the wind open like a pizza oven … Continue reading

Dead White Men Tell Too Many Tales By J. Bradley

  A love letter once sutured buttonholes. Bedsheets wore boys better than regret. A check box asked for closure. A slow dance crossed the border; A three-inch heel fired the first shot. The jeweler stopped printing maps. When asked why, he said “There are no bathtubs here to leave the body; do not ask for … Continue reading

Home Begins… By Barry Napier

We have considered the lamplight that hovers on the bedside table and found it lacking—neither angelic nor man-made—just another way that our errors are revealed to us and we have weighed the options that were left for us on the kitchen table, placed on fancy paper with unnecessary letterhead as if we did not know … Continue reading

The Difference by Sandy Day

From the library I took two books one of God poems one of love And read them side by side each day and could not see the difference. O’ that you would kiss me with the kisses of your mouth! prays the solemn Sol. Surely God is not some gentle reaper but a rapacious rapper … Continue reading