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Günter Grass leaves a last farewell book

September 8, 2015 – 8:24 pm | 3 Comments

Just before he died earlier this year, Nobel Prize-winning author Günter Grass completed his last book, “Vonne Endlichkait.” It will be published this week in German.
“Günter Grass left us a …

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September 29, 2015 – 6:59 am | One Comment

By Todd Davis

On the ridge above Skelp Road
bears binge on blackberries and apples,
even grapes, knocking down
the Petersens’ arbor to satisfy the sweet
hunger that consumes them. Just like us
they know the day must come when
the heart slows, when to take one
more step would mean the end of things
as they should be. Sleep is a drug;
dreams its succor. How better to drift
toward another world but with leaves
falling, their warmth draping us,
our stomachs full and fat with summer?
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September 28, 2015 – 5:17 am | One Comment

by Emily O’Neill
The way someone loves me in the dictionary
is as good as any other. I keep looking
for the proper sun to lace my tongue with.
To burn on me …

September Tomatoes

September 27, 2015 – 7:58 pm | One Comment

September Tomatoes
By Karina Borowicz
The whiskey stink of rot has settled
in the garden, and a burst of fruit flies rises
when I touch the dying tomato plants.
Still, the claws of tiny yellow …


September 26, 2015 – 6:53 am | One Comment

by Walking Mountain Range

xxxb l u e xxx hutluvhut /


i’m an american lover

making sweet sweet love to …


September 25, 2015 – 7:48 am | One Comment

By Mary Jo Bang
The story is written, the slip of a girl is loosed
And her life folds over. Against the cold, the waiting
For the what will happen. The next. Wonderful
Awful. …


September 24, 2015 – 5:49 am | One Comment

By Alice Notley
None of it’s there that you cared for, so familiar
furniture and paintings. The medals aren’t there either
I’m still there but it isn’t; I’m here; sword,
I have sword?—?imagine?—?and disguising …

Many great films

September 23, 2015 – 7:47 am | 3 Comments

Many great films
by Smokey Farris
Many great films
Includes scenes filmed
At midnight
During a phone call
Causing her to sit up in
Bed not unlike
Turnips sprouting
Green whiskers
In ankle breaking dirt clods.

The Wreck

September 22, 2015 – 6:45 am | 2 Comments

The Wreck
By Don Paterson
But what lovers we were, what lovers,
even when it was all over—
the bull-black, deadweight wines that we swung
towards each other rang and rang
like bells of blood, our …

The Cancer Port

September 21, 2015 – 4:17 am | One Comment

The Cancer Port
by Robert King
It’s called a port, a harbor, haven, home,
a city on the coast of my chest opened
for a passage into my heart—which we say
is where emotions live—and …

Ephram Pratt Sings of a Solipsistic Failing

September 20, 2015 – 6:26 am | 3 Comments

Ephram Pratt Sings of a Solipsistic Failing
by Jack e Lorts
Solipsistic in nature,
the hands on the clock,
indeed, the fingers
on the hands
reaching into air,
into the silence
milling loosely
in a country of loss,
end in …

Riding the A-Train

September 19, 2015 – 6:25 am | One Comment

Riding the A-Train
by Behak Fly
riding the A-train backwards i’m thinking about that dream i had where your mother was washing the night with her hair..or the time i wasn’t dreaming …


September 18, 2015 – 6:23 am | 2 Comments

by Stefanie Bennett
… Thinking about
The ones
I’ve loved before
Time passed
Its polyphonic
In a field of

Nerd Love

September 17, 2015 – 7:21 pm | 2 Comments

Nerd Love
by Frank Scranangello
What are we you and I?
I mean really?
What are we made of?
Mostly water.
Lots of Carbon.
A bit of zinc.
A touch of Calcium.
A dash of nitrogen.
We think
therefore we are.
How …

The “C” Word

September 16, 2015 – 7:15 pm | 2 Comments

By Monica Hall
There are certain lessons our parents teach us.
Things that we carry with us for a lifetime.
I have vivid memories of my mother’s staid face.
She would peer …


September 11, 2015 – 6:53 am | 2 Comments

by Marc Carver
It came on the tv
that a film director had died
Great guy they all said on twitter.
I turned to her and said
one day they will say that about me.
She …


September 10, 2015 – 5:50 am | One Comment

by Max Mundan
gently now
avoid discomfort
by introducing the idea
a little at a time
we do not talk
//talk//not talk//
about what we …

Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Philips

September 9, 2015 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

Review of a book by Marie Philips – Gods Behaving Badly
Review by Ben Macnair
Vintage Books – £7.99 276 Pages – ISBN 978 0 099 51302-5
Marie Philip’s book, Gods Behaving Badly …

George and Me

September 9, 2015 – 5:24 am | One Comment

George and Me
by Denis Mair
My life lies splayed out across the years
In serpentine course through town and city
I need an old friend to prod the memory-snake
And let me feel it …

Tatiana’s Tortillas

September 7, 2015 – 10:45 am | One Comment

Tatiana’s Tortillas
by Casey Bush
it’s no use hating all the men
but be sure not to let a one off the hook
no matter how anxious you are
to get home and bear children
fathered …

The Waiter

September 2, 2015 – 8:37 am | 2 Comments

Hilltop Diner
By Halifax
Bring me my drink
Be quick about it
Don’t bother jawing
about daily specials
I know what I want
only one reason
to truck it up here
in the …

Woman Kept Captive for 24 Years

August 26, 2015 – 6:22 am | One Comment

Woman Kept Captive for 24 Years
by Lauren Camp
Whatever they tell me on the news this time,
I will see three children raisined in the dark
between the basement and the old man. …

The Printer’s Prayer

August 25, 2015 – 8:20 am | One Comment

The Printer’s Prayer
by Jim Bodeen
A printer believes that letters pressed
Into the surface of paper
Can make a difference in the weather,
That they should be made one at a time
And kissed into …

Before Dark

August 24, 2015 – 9:08 am | One Comment

Before Dark
By Jennifer Barber
They used to mass
in the crowns of oaks
on every street for blocks around
but have gone elsewhere,
the evening no longer
gathered by their feathers
but by the leaves, which blot
whatever …

Become the Lion

August 23, 2015 – 9:06 am | One Comment

Become the Lion
By Traci Brimhall
We keep my sister alive by force,
pin her down and nurse her with raw
eggs from the chickens that did not drown
and milk taken from a goat …

Bachelorette for Life

August 22, 2015 – 8:47 am | One Comment

Bachelorette for Life
by Donal Mahoney
It started in eighth grade, much to the chagrin of her parents. Boys in high school started asking Roslyn for dates. And Roslyn would tell them …

Real Life

August 21, 2015 – 9:04 am | One Comment

Real Life
by Kim Addonizio
Here we walk without wallets,
no keys to anything. The gates
swing open, we move among the
cows, hot hills, at night through wet
foxtails; the kitchen light hums
winged things circle …

Let’s get drunk and mess around.

August 20, 2015 – 6:44 am | One Comment

Let’s get drunk and mess around.
by Smokey Farris
Let’s get drunk and mess around.
with my eye patch
and my wooden
“Hubba Hubba,”
was never spoken,
so meekly,
or with such a bad
pirate accent
but it was whispered,
and …

Bottled Water

August 19, 2015 – 8:42 am | One Comment

Bottled Water
by Kim Dower
I go to the corner liquor store
for a bottle of water, middle
of a hectic day, must get out
of the office, stop making decisions,
quit obsessing does my blue …

Bamboo Leaves

August 18, 2015 – 8:46 am | One Comment

Bamboo Leaves
by ESR

Bamboo leaves on the screen where the other
versions of our lives unfold the letter
of the law a delicate …


August 17, 2015 – 6:35 am | One Comment

by Mark Sargent
A champagne shadow, froth on legs
the kitten slinks through the jasmine
surging off the wrought-iron,
summer rain splatters the leaves,
thunder groans down the Tayegetos,
Maya massages the lethargic Ali,
messages …

It’s Best to Ask

August 15, 2015 – 5:12 am | One Comment

It’s Best to Ask
by Dirk Michener
Maybe when you play yr phonograph
the needle slashes across the record
Maybe when yr walking to the bathroom
yr breathing becomes heavy and labored
Maybe when yr sitting …