News »

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 …

Read the full story »
Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
Music Reviews
Short Stories

Guest Writers »

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 have admired Patton
and Sherman tanks.

You once told me
that the Russians couldn’t take us,
not with towns like ours
full of iron, full of workers tempered
by the fires of foundries and mills.

It wasn’t the Russians that came;
it was the contract, the strike,
the rounds of layoffs that blistered
until your number was called.

I still remember you loading up
to leave for the last time,
the union sticker scraped off
with a putty knife,

the end of the white tarp draped
over your truck bed
flapping as you drove away.

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, …

the shadow twin of momentum

September 15, 2014 – 5:59 am | No Comment

the shadow twin of momentum
Mark Sargent
Hand me that love wrench, I needs to torque up.
paper clip
infuse with air
tenor solo
Black & Decker
Fleebody & Wince
when the soul mechanics stride in with …

state Vector

September 14, 2014 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

state Vector
By: Robert Phillips
state vector
ejecta bow shock
energy pumps polar
charge cap
snows in Montana (early Sept.)
lowsucks warm wind
through applicator gorge
Coulumb – ia
not X-ist
dry winds charge
Brownian churn cars
head top differential
charge decisions
continue wars …

Letty and the Cold Hard Truth (1967)

September 12, 2014 – 6:08 pm | One Comment

Letty and the Cold Hard Truth (1967)
By:Monica Hall
I nearly lost my life several times as a child,
Mostly due to boredom.
Summers were long in the 1960’s.
Funds were low for one thing,
And …

Three a.m.

September 9, 2014 – 3:38 am | One Comment

Three a.m.
By Jill McDonough
Our cabdriver tells us how Somalia is better
than here because in Islam we execute murderers.
So, fewer murders. But isn’t there civil war
there now? Aren’t there a lot …

Peach Cobbler

September 8, 2014 – 5:47 am | 2 Comments

Peach Cobbler
By: Zedeka Poindexter
Some families have parables about their history
They can spin loving tales about where they came from
We, we make peach cobbler
The best story we can tell you will …

Strange Perfecter

September 8, 2014 – 5:26 am | One Comment

Strange Perfecter
by Chris Andrews
Who was that strange perfecter occasionally
stepping in to give my life a sideways nudge?
Or was it just a series of accidents?
Despite the multiplying data there’s not
necessarily anyone …

Vending Machine Euphoria

September 6, 2014 – 5:24 am | One Comment

Vending Machine Euphoria
By: Sheri Rosa
If I could compare love to anything,
I would compare it to a claw vending machine.
It sits in the back of the arcade yet you always find …

The Raven

September 5, 2014 – 5:21 am | One Comment

The Raven
by: Marc Carver
I see a raven
his foot stuck in cement
he opens up those arms and pulls to the sky
but goes nowhere.
He looks down
starts to peck at the ground
his …

a cup of coffee

September 4, 2014 – 6:32 pm | 2 Comments

a cup of coffee
By: jim benz
could it be another morning?
perhaps I’m dead
oh for the climate of dreams
found lacking, found
casting aspersion
on daybreak
full of songbirds
full of meaningless
ennui or conflict, snarling
eggs be damned, …

once these fields

September 1, 2014 – 12:22 pm | One Comment

once these fields
By: Michelle Villanueva
sun beats these blistered streets
disease harsh steel we were
the day ignores our names
counting survive the sand
they are chisel strength beam
wire rebar desire glass
expand past girders grasp
concrete …


August 30, 2014 – 7:13 pm | One Comment

By: Monica Hall
I have no beef with Las Vegas.
In fact, it’s a swell place to marry on a lark.
I have done so.
More than once.
One lazy summer …

The Piano Player Explains Himself

August 29, 2014 – 4:37 am | One Comment

The Piano Player Explains Himself
By Allen Grossman
When the corpse revived at the funeral,
The outraged mourners killed it; and the soul
Of the revenant passed into the body
Of the poet because it …

Always on/on

August 28, 2014 – 5:28 am | 3 Comments

Always on/on
By: Bogdan Puslenghea
The same fly, curiosity and speed
Faith becomes you
Idiot   sub
Repeat   ht
Eat    g
At     i
I’ve seen the devil&
came back
mock mock,
O Man he knows!
breath IS
heY, when you tried to open
the window …

What is left.

August 27, 2014 – 5:03 am | One Comment

What is left.
By: Mark Sargent
ON GENEROSITY (for H. Marshall Peter)
is what came out of earth when we squeezed it like a …


August 26, 2014 – 4:43 am | One Comment

by Mike White
Dog roped to a tree,
perfecting a circle
in the leaves,
in the snow,
in the grass.

The Dead

August 25, 2014 – 5:39 am | One Comment

The Dead
by Ellery Akers
The dead can’t hear us when we talk:
there isn’t air thin enough
for our words, solid as they are,
to get through that sieve light makes.
Static of light. Static …

Egocentric Orbit

August 24, 2014 – 6:45 am | No Comment

Egocentric Orbit
by John Cory
Near the end of his fifteenth orbit as Greenland slipped by noiselessly below, he made the routine measurements that tested the operation of his space capsule and …


August 23, 2014 – 5:00 am | 2 Comments

By: Halifax
the dividends
I do things for us I won’t do for myself
Things I would never do for my benefit
There are things I do when asked directly
tasks are not for us …

New Sheets

August 22, 2014 – 4:31 am | One Comment

New Sheets
by Hal Sirowitz
I won’t be around forever, Mother said.
One day I’m going to die, so I might
as well nag you a little bit more,
while I have the chance. And …