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Charles Wright named US Poet Laureate

October 1, 2014 – 8:44 am | No Comment

CHARLOTTESVILLE – U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Wright says poetry has been the pivot around which his life has turned for 50 years.
The 79-year-old retired University of Virginia professor assumed …

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shelly in the desert

October 21, 2014 – 5:11 am | No Comment

shelly in the desert
by Dan Odell

hey you hot dog,
workin’ hard in the dessert
karma relief is near
i took that fellow to the Getty yesterday. it was transcendental.
he’s a burnt out alky intellectual and truly a mess
has blown his liver and smells rank from that

threw up in the museum
threw up in my car
as we drove down 7 levels to
park the car

the conversation was about Dante
we looked at impressionist paintings
and talked about transmutation
we looked at carved stone and talked about superstition
till he threw up the second time, (the first was on the train platform)
then we sat at a table in the food court
and talked about desire

later, on I-10 east he pointed out the patriot’s hall
which looks like a roman apartment building
and said
was to be renamed after Bob Hope

i had an intense feeling of deja vu
and he threw up in my car
as i started to laugh
and dropped him at his house in Bell
he promised to keep in touch
he didn’t say from where

images of the walking falls

October 20, 2014 – 5:56 am | No Comment

images of the walking falls
by Josiah Bomburger
images of the walking falls
through me into the black fortress of Yoni
the death was glass
a sarcophogus made with webbing
and the rhythm was haunting
a clock …


October 19, 2014 – 5:51 am | No Comment

by Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois
You taste of cigarettes. You always forget to brush your teeth. I have to remind you. It’s part of our illicit ritual.
My wife tastes of pesto, …

First Skate

October 18, 2014 – 5:33 am | No Comment

First Skate
by Dean Smith
Anticipation builds as I near the pond
Mixed with anxiety–waiting so long
Every fall I look forward to gliding
O’er this frozen oval on steel blades riding
Tis a beautiful, blissful, …

a night in a small boat with a book of recipes

October 17, 2014 – 6:05 am | No Comment

a night in a small boat with a book of recipes
by Eric Sterling
I carved your initials in my leg with
a kitchen knife
and didn’t wash it
before putting it back
so that when …

3 Haikus by Jose Tablada

October 16, 2014 – 7:08 am | No Comment

Haiku of a Day
by Jose Tablada
Tender willow,
almost gold, almost amber,
almost light…
The geese on their
clay trumpets sound
false alarms.
Royal peacock, slowly fulgurant,
through the democratic barnyard
you pass like a procession…

spare rod

October 15, 2014 – 5:02 am | No Comment

the spoils of childhood
by Halifax
bend over
hold still
stop fidgeting
I haven’t even
touched you yet
move your hands
or by God
I’ll hit them too
I don’t want to hear it
you had this coming
so quit your sobbing
oh …


October 14, 2014 – 5:53 am | No Comment

by Clinton Van Inman
Engines lie
Rotting and rusting
In the sands
Roar no more to the
Sounds of freedom to
The flock of birds under
A carbon sky.

Last Call

October 13, 2014 – 5:19 am | No Comment

Last Call
by Anthony Liccione
I was in Maine when you called
with troubling words,
a frog in your throat
it must have been a struggle
to find me unlisted. Then push those
eleven digits slowly, when …

The Disease

October 12, 2014 – 5:48 am | No Comment

The Disease
by Michael Avellar
It always helps to start at the beginning and it is at the beginning in which we all wish to start. However it is of the …

Inside Every Vending Machine It’s 1979

October 11, 2014 – 9:45 am | No Comment

Inside Every Vending Machine It’s 1979
by Mary Biddinger
There’s no such thing as nostalgia
for artificial wood grain, especially when the color
mimics a wet pig yard in April. Nevertheless
we’re trapped in an …

Who to Name, Who…

October 10, 2014 – 5:38 am | One Comment

Who to Name, Who…
by Scott Peirce and Travis Catsull
“What a gate, fucker,
the fortress in lockdown
and you’ve severed my wire,
On the table
a black buttercup pie
and the electric owls
scream through the kitchen
And …


October 9, 2014 – 5:31 am | No Comment

by Wendell Berry
It’s the immemorial feelings
I like the best: hunger, thirst,
their satisfaction; work-weariness,
earned rest; the falling again
from loneliness to love;
the green growth the mind takes
from the pastures in March;
the gayety …

Work Boots: Still Life

October 8, 2014 – 5:01 am | No Comment

Work Boots: Still Life
by Jim Daniels
Next to the screen door
work boots dry in the sun.
Salt lines map the leather
and laces droop
like the arms of a new-hire
waiting to punch out.
The shoe …

The Bald Headed Doll

October 7, 2014 – 5:32 am | One Comment

The Bald Headed Doll
by Hal Sirowitz
When I was five years old, Father said,
I ripped the hair out of my sister’s doll,
& used it as a wig. I took my violin
& …

The Radius of Touch

October 6, 2014 – 4:18 am | No Comment

The Radius of Touch
by Arthur Sze
Rising over granite cliffs in an aerial tram,
we view the rippling lights of Albuquerque
and volcanoes to the west. At the summit,
the circumference of peaks dissolves
when …


October 4, 2014 – 4:06 am | No Comment

by Heather Allen
So still at heart,
They respond like water
To the slightest breeze,
Rippling as one body,
And, as one mind,
Bend continually
To listen:
The perfect confidants,
They keep to themselves,
A web of trails and nests,
Burrows …


October 3, 2014 – 3:13 am | 3 Comments

by Shannon Baker
bricklayer lays himself down upon
his body. builds a better way
flapnasty foliage, orbital dirt.
space dust come to rest and we
sucking fruitmeat on some perching-porch.
airing out our animal, lest film-filthy
flesh …


October 2, 2014 – 4:48 am | No Comment

by Juan Gelman
he was born on the brink of a disastrous day
face to face with another just like it but
in the …

Our Neighbor

October 1, 2014 – 5:21 am | 2 Comments

Our Neighbor
by Ivan Hobson
Every family that lived in our court
had an American truck
with a union sticker on the back
and as a kid I admired them
the way I thought our soldiers
must …

Review of Evening Sun: A Widow’s Journey

October 1, 2014 – 2:13 am | No Comment

Evening Sun: A Widow’s Journey is a poetry chapbook by Aline Soulesl
Review by Carol Smallwood
Andrew Benzie Books (May 29, 2014) 38 pages, $3.79
Aline Soules’ work has appeared in journals, e-zines, …

Ephram Pratt Delivers on Silence

September 30, 2014 – 5:26 am | No Comment

Ephram Pratt Delivers on Silence
by Jack e Lorts
The Druze influence
begged a certain indifference,
spanning the islands
along the coast
as well as incidental
fingers reaching
into a false aftermath,
liquored up like
loggers locating
dying rebels
alone in colorful
jerseys, …

November 1968

September 29, 2014 – 5:17 am | No Comment

November 1968
by Adrienne Rich
you’re beginning to float free
up through the smoke of brushfires
and incinerators
the unleafed branches won’t hold you
nor the radar aerials
You’re what the autumn knew would happen
after the last …


September 28, 2014 – 5:03 am | No Comment

by Colin W. Campbell
George watched mature, overdressed women catching glimpses of themselves in the long wall mirrors as they looked for their names on the fancy little …

The Divide

September 27, 2014 – 6:24 am | One Comment

The Divide
by Oscar Smiles
And then u divide
And you itch all the fuckin time
It’s ridiculous
Ur like a rattlesnake nitemare
Crushed to death by your
Very own blows
It’s like one big puzzle
One that you …

3 paintings by Reed Posey

September 26, 2014 – 4:06 am | No Comment

3 paintings by Reed Posey
You can follow Reed on Tumblr here to see more art work.


The Hiding-Place Wallet

September 25, 2014 – 6:59 am | One Comment

The Hiding-Place Wallet
By Christopher Barnes
Frowners Department Store
Milton Keynes 2056 6251166

KFC—Korean food couplets

September 24, 2014 – 8:57 am | One Comment

KFC—Korean food couplets
by Dan Raphael
Bi bim bop
Three fat cops
Kim chi from the sky
Chili sauce in my eyes
A dumpllng bigger than my head
Another bowl of sai min, friend
Teriyaki in my veins
Ginger …

Great Leap

September 22, 2014 – 9:48 am | One Comment

Great Leap
by Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois
I play the guitar and harmonica at open mics. I also play the Jew’s Harp. I’m a regular. I’m terrible. Everyone feels sorry for me, but …


September 18, 2014 – 4:22 pm | 2 Comments

By: Dr. Mel Waldman
Old Brooklyn is gone and the deep snow has melted.
The turquoise butterflies have flown away.
I watch the ubiquitous scorpions emerge …

work in progress

September 16, 2014 – 5:03 am | One Comment

work in progress
By: Naomi McCulloch
every working day
the skin pressed neat and taught over bones
bearing complex webs of care,
this life.
knotted arterial bundles carry each day forward, invisibly
labor, broken genius, toil, …