Barely felt in the birth canal.
Sick with planet.
A List of His Flaws 05.08.2020
By JOHN FREEMAN
Backlit by the glow
from a small passageway,
he kneels into the fog
of yellow light,
head kissing the carpet.
I step around him,
respecting his privacy, when
the mat becomes not prayer
rug but builder’s tool,
a black piece of tarmac, laid down
before the bank so he could
peer close, fix the dead
motion sensor so that people
with money could
be seen, all doors opening
for them. Modern Gods 04.27.2020
It was the first time I’d lived
with a man, and I wanted him
to translate the name of our street.
He was holding my cold fist
in his own, and we were on
Ofrandei, in the middle of unpaved
Bragadiru, Romania, on our way
home. It’s something you give
to get something—like a sacrifice.
Like what you do for a god. Offering 04.27.2020
The quickness of living.
The quickness of wanting to kill something.
Forget dreams, they attack me and
I welcome their landings. Roach 04.15.2019
MATT W. MILLER
For a moment I was a failed skip of stone
sunk into the river for a moment I was the river
purling in long last shadows of September
for a moment I was a skinny grizzly climbing
from a beer can Autobiography 04.15.2019
as a girl approaches a mirror,
not yet a queen, and maybe never,
seeing in the water
no man’s voice to answer,
to say you are better
than another. Andromeda Came to the Silver River 04.15.2019
the break wall, opening
the open sea like a long polished wound,
baffling the wind
with a force mustered from currents
where free is
unfathomable as the drowned book,
barnacled as if born and raised
between Aphrodite and the devil’s thumb
a whale heaves out a whale-tail
flaunting sunken love at the sunned earth Only the Surface Breaks 04.15.2019
December 28, 2018
New Poems by Our Contributors
VIRGINIA KONCHAN | “Historiae Mundi”
TYREE DAYE | “The Motorcycle Queen”
RICHIE HOFMANN | “Capital”
ROSBUD BEN-ONI | “Poet Wrestling from Zero to the power of” December 2018 Poetry Feature 12.28.2018
The rain had just finished saying,
This block is mine.
The kind of rain where you could sleep through two breakthroughs and still have enough left to belly sing in the ambrosial hour.
Blood pellets in the dusk & dashes of hail were perfect for finding new stashes; that is to say, visitations were never announced.
A broken umbrella handle posed a question by the day care center.
We Used To Call it Puerto Rico Rain 10.29.2018
In conversation with A Hill in the South Bronx , by Perla de Leon
Estoy buscando un árbol que me de sombra
Porque el que tengo me lo van a cortar Coro de bomba
This building stands,
the last tree to be cut down
in a garden of brick and steel
made desert of rubble and dust. Buscando un árbol que me de sombra 10.29.2018