What was your name? Who traced your frozen charm? / Your body’s with us still: you have no face. // Was it soft, or haughty? Tender, fearful, calm? / We’ll never know if it equalled the way your stance / tips a half-cradled breast from your folded arm.
Hurl or Hole? Some sunless Scandi burg,/ no doubt. As for lingos I don’t sprack much;/ do sniff iffy drains and hear them gurgle:
MAURICE EMERSON DECAUL, VALERIE DUFF, CLIFF FORSHAW, LUISA A. IGLORIA, TESS TAYLOR
New to country stars, you try/ to identify the constellations./ Cassiopeia, Andromeda—
You forget their stories.
AMY LAWLESS, NATHANIEL BELLOWS, PAUL KANE, SARAH LONDON, CLIFF FORSHAW
Let me learn the layout, factor and/ figure into this place. The rain accosts/ the crags as shifting mist, blurring, then/ ballooning the skeletal vista. Let spattered/ facets on the windowpane bring clarity./ Where is the weakness in this request?
AMY LAWLESS, JONATHAN MOODY, ELIZABETH HAZEN, ISHION HUTCHINSON, R. ZAMORA LINMARK, SARAH WELLS, CLIFF FORSHAW
Two cactus branches pointed at different suns/ who’s right who’s wrong?/ myself evaporating: minute turns into other minutes –/ the minutes of later minutes later/ pooling into an hour, a puddle/ two things to do on this day
CURTIS BAUER, JANE SATTERFIELD, NORMAN LOCK, CLIFF FORSHAW, CATHERINE STAPLES
The knife in your hand wants flesh—/ its appetite for blood is sharp steel/ leaning, weeping into the tomato’s meat,/ sugar beets, steaming rhubarb pie—
Sunset in Herring CoveBy YEHUDIT BEN-ZVI HELLER The puzzle of the sun’s longing for the sea The marvel: her love fills the sky overflows the rim till the sea is one with the sky The sun like Dido in flames melts into the water in a hiss that breaks waves into bubbles into shards which
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The Governor built his prisons,
but he built his chapels, too.
Now the Lamb of God beams down
in light that’s brightly stained,
right foreleg implausibly curled
around a regimental flag.
All day those stones have writhed with myth,
roots have snaked necks, have had the cheek
to prod gods and kings, crack armies, cities, ships;
mocked Shiva, made him sprout arthritic wrists.