Ann’s Visit

Too much August; it must be parceled night by night ingested in slippery hours. Outside the theater we find ourselves lost, wander into the …

Modern Metaphysics

Avihs || Vishnu Mornings || they disperse || beyond || the corn Fields, || separately. ||Sunday She || throws Her partner’s computer || (midnight) …

Mother Tongue

Folds in an ancient fuselage orchestrate an arrangement of accents. Each accent is an accident. A moist white shirt like a waiting moon sways …

PMA

Meet me at 9, the note read, across from my building. Friday morning broke hot and sticky, and Stevie Eisen’s stomach started growling so …

Rinda’s Moniker

It’s a melancholy chamber, willow wallpaper and a power-steam humidifier trying to spread calm across six pews sulking on either side of a narrow …

Jazzy

Curls are brass like a trumpet, you eye me with the snare of your iris, I watch as Coral roars with the twenties, she …

Storm Flight

How disappointed the first flyers must have been to finally rise above the feathery white heavens and not find themselves surrounded by angels        but …

Oleander

The train pushes through the unexpectedly blooming and green landscape at a high speed. Then it finally comes to a halt, but the numbness …

The Piano Player

Frank felt edgy all week.  Preparations for Bennett & Co.’s RESTORE AMERICA fund-raising tour were taking over all his time: petitioning the state for …

Exit

     -2 (Title)      You have it wrong. It was ‘Edit’, I am sure.       It has changed.       Why? The whole point was …

Crystals

       In the exhilarating atmosphere of scholarly and cultural exchange following the fall of the Berlin Wall, John Dee had been among the …

Water Harp

1 At the window, last night’s words, ashen Against the glass Black petals in the vase, delicate As the hour fading from us Their …

Four Poems

Miss Dolly Bumfrey We bear Muscat To your sick by traction. Making headway at that driving test Was the needles up-and-up. Annihilating two easy-natured …

from Broken Glosa

Rae Armantrout: I put a glose on you Habitat-themed enclosure. Zen-inflected mug. Around the block dogs bark at absence.   Habitat (entire poem) ― …

Milton’s Well etc.

Milton’s Well Predestination stopped her on the road, speeding in some overcommitment, racing impetuous down green skylines, pushing the envelope of the just-possible. On …

For Fred etc.

For Fred (Veteran’s Day, November 11th, 2004) We miss you, Mr. Rodgers. You told us straight. You were not purple Mr. Rodgers, not an …

Pieta, Detroit

Pieta, Detroit He’d been dead an hour when she came, Ambulance waiting, no hurry now. Her oldest boy. She cradled him, Lifeless, nothing like …

Advent

Advent (The Song of Aldan) I stand with the trees, as they wait for the rain. I dance with their leaves, as they breathe …

Juan

i. Picture Seville, prudent with orange-groves. The sun plays like a gnossienne beneath the trees, a tormented harlequin writhing on the fine soil. The …

Five Poems

Eight Months On Time, tidewater near, headlong has ripened you to this glowing fullness, clumsy in dormant love. Nothing can take you back to …

One Oh For Tilly

It didn’t announce itself, the difference in the room, but it was there, of that he was positive. It wasn’t the soft caress of …

A Wink For Luck

Abbott, West Virginia, the town with a funny name, was a funny place to live. Needing somewhere to hang for the winter, I settled …

The Nickel

Shards of sunlight flickered off the car’s bumper as it disappeared over a rise in the road. Josh stared at the bright bursts of …

N’Djokito

It was the penultimate day of the working week, after the English fashion. Dominguinho was glancing through the paper first thing in the morning, …

Dibcek

Karel Dibcek woke up and thought for a moment that he was still in Prague. He lay warm inside the duvet, his head covered …

Whale

Portents were in the air. First, to be given a shilling was remarkable. We were both handed a piece of the silver and sent …

From Retelling

I felt an irritation on my right shoulder and tapped my skin. Something awoke in me. A new sense of awareness overtook me, even …

ACME Short

Third day out, the oddest feeling overtook me. A hybrid of nostalgia and deja-vu, this fuzzy childhood sense-memory of melancholy bliss. I wanted to …

Stills

The day of, I find my husband in her room, kneeling in front of her bed. It is a moment suspended like a dream …

Maine Letter

The October edition of POETRY featured an annoying sequence of petulances entitled, collectively, “Antagonisms,” none more excruciating than earnest Eavan Boland’s cautious, provisional confession of failure to bond …

The Azizam Poems

the trembling that day in iran you weighed a honeydew’s weight when you first took thick milk from your dune-gold mother, purblind with sucking, …

Three Poems

TWAS it was was a translucid partition between the consciousness here below: forfeiting all things-light she goes back over the world of the world …

Two Poems

Map of America trace the pacific coast with your hand feel the moisture on your fingertips crossing the Missouri the storms off the gulf …

Lowe’s Cabins

We’d recommend them to anyone— As nice, but pricy (which is a lie)— Took our breakfast on the Lowes’ Ephesian patio by that pool …

Ex Cathedra

Beyond St Catherine’s Hill, the long chalice of river sluices through the city, canals Romans cut dividing the Itchen into die-straight races. Surrounding the …

Sentences

A Sentence in Transposition Cuban-American Style in Harlem a storefront restaurant pouring into a street a mélange of sweet, spicy, intensely fiery pepper, bitter …

The Asylum Fields

All the itinerant shadows of a man’s quiet hope dissected and his guts laid open for the crows. But see the place: varicose, unmaintained, …