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RIP James Tate

July 29, 2015 – 8:35 am | No Comment

James Tate, who wrote that the main challenge of poetry “is always to find the ultimate in the ordinary horseshit,” died yesterday in Massachusetts at age seventy-one. Winner of the …

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Jazz You’ll Never Know

July 29, 2015 – 8:33 am | No Comment

Jazz You’ll Never Know
by Margaret Hasse

Alex dresses up in a sweet black suit
for his Central High senior picture
holding his trumpet as if
he will raise it
like a silver night-blooming moonflower
to play “Sweet Georgia Brown” or “Almost Blue.”

Alex has sat in on jazz gigs in New Orleans,
San Francisco, D.C.
and Saint Paul.

He attends summer jazz camps, jazz competitions,
jazz schools,
listens to Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra records.
He once ate ice cream
named Jazz,
ate an apple
named Jazz,
hopes there’ll be a car
branded Jazz,
wears a cologne with notes
of jazzy fragrance from a blue bottle.
When he shakes his silver ID bracelet
his own name flashes on one side,
Louis Armstrong on the other.

Alex, I ask, what is it with you and jazz?
If you have to ask, Mom, he says, quoting his hero,
you’ll never know.

Bared Nemesis

July 28, 2015 – 8:33 am | No Comment

Bared Nemesis
by Pat A Physics
Upside down, in a time capsule, forgotten,
we journey through the creases of private, yellowing love letters.
Tobogganing between swails of painterly ideals
in an effort to clean up …

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

July 24, 2015 – 8:03 am | One Comment

Pineapple Upside Down Cake
by Donal Mahoney
Nothing is anywhere anymore,
Dad shouts over the phone.
His reveille again at 4 a.m.
Will I come over and find it?
What’s missing, Dad, I ask.
It’s midnight and …


July 23, 2015 – 6:01 am | One Comment

by Stefanie Bennett
Watching the storm cloud
Roll up its sleeves
Above the serialized
Of an ever
The Thunderbird
For cover.

Twisted Noodles

July 22, 2015 – 2:01 pm | One Comment

by Casey Bush
Are You Practicing a Fraudulent Faith?
like office gossip brain damage can’t explain it was a false revelation after I quit listening to rock music and started to …

Perlemorskyer, Hellpainter Tangentleman, Man Merkin, Italian Cordial Liquore Coffee, Com Truise, Kitten Handler Encyclical; A Poem Written on Margot Tenenbaum’s Naked Backside

July 19, 2015 – 1:06 pm | 4 Comments

Perlemorskyer, Hellpainter Tangentleman, Man Merkin, Italian Cordial Liquore Coffee,
Com Truise, Kitten Handler Encyclical; A Poem Written on Margot Tenenbaum’s Naked Backside
by Quasimofo
OnE.  Uhtceare–
smoking pot with the Potus,
scratching scrotums with the Scotus,
i …

Remedy for the Stars

July 16, 2015 – 8:31 am | One Comment

Remedy for the Stars
by Pride Ed
“They’ve woven veils out of my halo again!”
the moon bellowed through its own smoke.
For a long time, there it sat with a grimace…
Another nightfall wasted.
There …


July 15, 2015 – 4:16 am | One Comment

by Oswald James
The Cane shouts across the street
“Another Saturday night in Long Beach”
as the walk sign clicks down past 4
a toy pooch yaps down Alamitos
the …

Family Wedding Disco

July 14, 2015 – 5:49 am | 2 Comments

Family Wedding Disco
by Ben Macnair
After making the choice,
between Bride or Groom,
between Chicken, Pork, or Vegetarian,
after the speeches,
the clinking of half filled glasses,
some half drunk guest in a flood of tears,
the …

Jonah’s Secret

July 13, 2015 – 4:43 am | One Comment

Jonah’s Secret
by Rosemary French
Jonah has a magical way
Of making a tiny drawer roll out from the wall
It’s location is undetectable by even the most trained eye
The seams are invisible
He …


July 12, 2015 – 5:47 am | One Comment

by Dan Raphael
As if the background is jittery & the subjects hearts arent beating,
a vibratory stillness like a traffic jam inside an antenna cause what is metal
if not an urban …


July 11, 2015 – 5:38 am | 2 Comments

by Stefanie Bennett
Try to turn that thought
The art
Of waiting for
The Rain-Tree
To flower -,
The front porch
Rocker to
Move of its own
And you -, God
Still in it -.


July 10, 2015 – 7:37 am | One Comment

by Anthony Liccione
all the sparks in the
night sky below,
just above the city
as an electrical storm
of hail, broke havoc,
as each part of the city
went out from blown
soon we were left
in the …

all the tiny babies of my dreams

July 9, 2015 – 6:34 am | One Comment

all the tiny babies of my dreams
by Tara Roeder
it came to me in a dream: a lie that geniuses tell. now i sir, am no genius. yet in …


July 8, 2015 – 9:33 am | No Comment

by Monica Hall
The familiar barking of neighborhood dogs and the
clinking sound of the narrow metal lid slapping shut
signaled that our mail had been delivered.
At once, I …

Sea of Faith

July 7, 2015 – 7:13 am | One Comment

Sea of Faith
by John Brehm
Once when I was teaching “Dover Beach”
to a class of freshmen, a young woman
raised her hand and said, “I’m confused
about this ‘Sea of Faith.’ ” “Well,” …

Betsy really real

July 6, 2015 – 8:40 am | 2 Comments

Stranded on the Island of Reil
by: Halifax
Do you read me?
Betsy; this is Heaven’s
distress message
sent to seekers
on crystal sets
searching out weak signals
propagating amongst themselves
Received loud and clear
I’ll patch you in once
the …

Review of Tailed by MK MacInnes

July 6, 2015 – 4:42 am | One Comment

Tailed by MK MacInnes
A short story, from a collection, published 2015.
Reviewed by Colin W. Campbell.
The time is 1988, the place is Paris and the writer shares from her memoirs.
If you …

The Story of Travis Wedge

July 5, 2015 – 7:08 am | One Comment

The Story of Travis Wedge
by Dirk Michener
I’ve been trying to get a hold of you
on the phone.
I came up to yr work a couple times
but you wouldn’t come out of …

America tastes good with ketchup.

July 4, 2015 – 7:41 am | No Comment

America tastes good with ketchup.
by Riley Knox
Old cow, your tits look
placeless and rough. Your
eyes fallow and vacant.
Your feet forever shackled
into small
Did he brand you with his
back hand? Just pock marks.
scar …

Fourth of July, 2012

July 4, 2015 – 5:12 am | One Comment

Fourth of July, 2012
By Robyn Schiff
I remember a performance
of Antigone in which she
threw herself on the floor of
the universe and picked up
a piece of dust. Is that
the particle? It startled …

Friday Afternoon Poem

July 3, 2015 – 7:35 am | No Comment

by Ryan Ritchie
it’s been a rough one.
one thing after another
pretty soon
you’re wondering
when the abuse will finally end.
you come up for air
just long enough to
get smacked down again,
asking yourself
when …


June 30, 2015 – 7:02 am | One Comment

by Jude Dillon
whisper into the ear of a deaf mute and don’t
expect a nod……a thin blue wash surfacing
on the dark channel….
soon is hardly quick enough to frighten bears in iron …

A Dubious Superpower

June 29, 2015 – 5:59 am | One Comment

A Dubious Superpower
by Matt Taylor
I was built in a factory (I must have been);
stuffed to the brim with copper wires
conducting the electricity needed to power
my legs, my arms, my neck.
Then …

The Baby Mind

June 28, 2015 – 9:17 am | No Comment

The Baby Mind
by Shane Jesse Christmass
In 1974, when indoor smoking wasn’t pillory then, in the train corridor, the tufts smelt of Nanna Magee’s stale smokes, like a hive-mind of melting …

Stand To

June 27, 2015 – 9:13 am | One Comment

Stand To
by Oscar Smiles
stand to and
take ur jacket off
it’s wool inside
I got such a sycophant glare
don’t come crying wolf to me
such as behind the corylus tree
mother mari comforts me
whispering words …

Friday Afternoon

June 26, 2015 – 8:32 am | One Comment

Friday Afternoon
by Dan Oberhaus
The world twitches
quivers, writhes
in unison-
as a child lets
happiness run down
her chin
and all the whores in
dark hotels with businessmen
(whose marionettes have
long since tired of their repetition)
will swallow their …


June 25, 2015 – 7:58 am | One Comment

by Howie Good
Our textbook compared
the heart to a furnace.
Or maybe it was the brain.
Blood provided the fuel
as you were falling asleep
or just …

The God of Our Dreams/Adagio

June 24, 2015 – 5:56 am | One Comment

The God of Our Dreams/Adagio
by Le Hinton
The last particle of belief died last week.
Crawled into a corner and expired.
This isn’t melodrama,
simply the way of existence
or extinction.
Remember, this was a love …


June 23, 2015 – 7:51 am | One Comment

by Laura Jensen
Like jewelry his bicycle
gleams on my porch,
attached to his hands,
carried a flight
before he even knocks
and it wheels its
majesty into my kitchen.
As we talk of the torch
I flick my …

a sail of calm

June 22, 2015 – 8:48 am | One Comment

a sail of calm
by Shannon Baker
a sail of calm, smacking still inside my skin.
one breath, another.
organized, soft.
i feel ok.
walking easily thru the aisles.
better much better, oh yes certainly all better …