poetry: results 1–24 of 735

What Kind of Slow Creeping Death Are You?  by BRADLEY PAUL

22 November 2011
Vol. 10, No. 4

Takes the Scotch out of your tape,

the plaid out of your shirt,

the poodle off of your skirt.

What Kind of Mysterious Orphan Are You?  by BRADLEY PAUL

21 November 2011
Vol. 10, No. 4

With your Amish clothes

and your bakelite eyes.

Your towhead and your devil caw.

Your overenunciation.

Prayer from Devotion XVII. Nunc lento sonitu dicunt, morieris.  by JOHN DONNE

15 October 2010
Vol. 10, No. 3
classic, prose poem

As death is the wages of sin it is due to me; as death is the end of sickness it belongs to me; and though so disobedient a servant as I may be afraid to die, yet to so merciful a master as thou I cannot be afraid to come; and therefore into thy hands, O my God, I commend my spirit…

Expostulation from Devotion XVII. Nunc lento sonitu dicunt, morieris.  by JOHN DONNE

13 October 2010
Vol. 10, No. 3
classic, prose poem

My God, my God, is this one of thy ways of drawing light out of darkness, to make him for whom this bell tolls, now in this dimness of his sight, to become a superintendent, an overseer, a bishop, to as many as hear his voice in this bell, and to give us a confirmation in this action?

Meditation from Devotion XVII. Nunc lento sonitu dicunt, morieris.  by JOHN DONNE

11 October 2010
Vol. 10, No. 3
classic, prose poem

Perchance he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls for him; and perchance I may think myself so much better than I am, as that they who are about me, and see my state, may have caused it to toll for me, and I know not that.

Sleepwalker in the Medicine Wheel  by GREGORY DONOVAN

5 September 2010
Vol. 10, No. 3

The spine snapped in two.

Showers of sparks—burning snowflakes—then out.

His rib-punctured lung…       Stop it.

                                                Start here.

Ravens at Tamalpais  by GREGORY DONOVAN

2 September 2010
Vol. 10, No. 3

Bald white trunk & dead black bark, toc-toc. Small shrugs

in long black coats, their stripped pine whipping at the skyline…

swiftly unveiled, in twos and threes, ravens and the ideas

of ravens drip down onto the air, black silk scarves

pulling each other through the silk blue sleeves

in a wintry sky & out into the mind's eye to stall and dip…

Sputnik as Holy Ghost  by GREGORY DONOVAN

27 August 2010
Vol. 10, No. 2

Born under the sign of Stromboli, wrinkled

As the face of the two-thousand-year-old man

With skin cap tied with braided thong beneath

His chin, pulled from the bog with forceps, Ingrid

My mother, my father a guy who lived in the sky.

Triumph of the Will as Underwater Ballet  by GREGORY DONOVAN

24 August 2010
Vol. 10, No. 2

The shaman finds a mirror carefully slipped

beneath the water of a running stream

will open a window in the land of the dead.

Here, the yellow and umber leaves, doom boats

strapping the current, slip quickly over the dappled

bottom where rusted wheels and bent scaffolds backdrop

The Triumph of the Will as it simmers there, bubbling,

awaiting the buoys of resurrection.

On Soft Terror  by STEVEN BREYAK

17 August 2010
Vol. 10, No. 2

How many public sinks left running for ghost hands?

Your change given in foreign coins and still

coming up short. Imagine all the salt shakers

loosened upon the world; names scrawled into sidewalks;

people who hate people and work in services

you have to tip; patrons making waitresses cry right now.

Lot's Wife's Lot  by STEVEN BREYAK

14 August 2010
Vol. 10, No. 2

Poor dear, she'll never get to disappear

until we tire of her taste. Like the minute hand

that doesn't move, our eyes' formaldehyde

keep her glued. And our literature, like her,

stares forever back at nothing much left.

Blessing for the Middle of the Night  by MARGARET MK HESS

10 August 2010
Vol. 10, No. 2

May you live long under our beds and in our closets,

in our washing machines and our quiet showers.

We undress for you like no one else.

May you breathe across me as I learn to sit with you…


30 July 2010
Vol. 10, No. 2

Before leaving the shop,

                        my mother waves

the tailor back, asks

for the remaining fabric

after the alterations.

The Owners, the Animals  by MICHAEL SCHMELTZER

27 July 2010
Vol. 10, No. 2

As if weeds, as if gardener.

And the chimp's owner swore

to the reporter she'd do it again,

raise the creature as offspring until

the mauling, the demolished

face, the frenzy, the bullets

piercing the animal flesh,


The Animal Husbandman's Letter to His Wife  by MELISSA CUNDIEFF-PEXA

22 July 2010
Vol. 10, No. 2

I pulled a pocket watch from one of the

bodies tonight. It looks very old, has

diamonds as white as the droppings of an

aspen married in ash to a new earth.

Our sweet extinct are cheering in heaven!


15 July 2010
Vol. 10, No. 2

Touch me



I swear,

this time—

we'll explode

like a super


like the last

passenger car

in the train…

Before the Fallout We Traded Imaginary Friends like Football Cards  by JESSE DAMIANI

12 July 2010
Vol. 10, No. 2

In 1994 you slung thirty dirty verbs and my sister's pacifier over

the cinder block wall separating our house from the neighbor's.

You might not remember, but then, you weren't the one who had

to climb over and salvage it, pal; I always had your back, I was

the fixer. And yeah, we've been through this—I know you don't

exist but I must admit, even 15 years later, when nobody's around

I sometimes stick my fingers in ugly places…


8 July 2010
Vol. 10, No. 2

Whether you salt me or not

We swallow our mouths together.

We call states.

Name together the animals we'd kill

Singing O Dead Angels all the while.

The Albatross Is a Paper Bird  by SHAYLAH KLOSKA

5 July 2010
Vol. 10, No. 2

In the book there is a bloody picture of the bird.

Two women stretch the wingspan.

They are gloved and smiling.

Here off the alley we fend for nothing.

We move barefooted silently on stairs that do not creak.

Pangur Ban  by  ANONYMOUS

3 July 2010
Vol. 10, No. 1

I and Pangur Ban my cat,

Tis a like task we are at:

Hunting mice is his delight,

Hunting words I sit all night.

The Chemist of the Zero Dolmen  by NORMAN DUBIE

20 May 2010
Vol. 10, No. 1

The wind tugs at the loose treeline.

Dark skiers push through fog—

the snow adjusts its many shrouds

while blind sled dogs awaken beside the river.

NAS FUT 1012.0 ↓ 31.5. The birches

slice a dull sun.

The Flower Octagon of Old Manhattan  by NORMAN DUBIE

17 May 2010
Vol. 10, No. 1

Laura said it must be a vagina of cabbage

with an army of white ants.

The postman in knee socks

wears an aluminum-foil hat

over his long red locks.

The bats are leaving their caves

and with some haste we have discovered early evening.

The Dead Madrigal Bears of Afghanistan  by NORMAN DUBIE

14 May 2010
Vol. 10, No. 1

They wear the clever hats

of the Dog Star, of vehrmacht palettes,

not, mind you,

the German officers, but the bears

who are the visitors!

nothing better to do  by CADE COLLUM

11 May 2010
Vol. 10, No. 1

the other night, i waited up

while the living room burned to ash.

i recalled the way a concussion feels

and how changes brand us.

the cushions on the couch smeared and singed when

i sat down, but this was hardly an interruption.


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