Lynn Pattison – My Son’s Raft

My Son’s Raft Afloat        it waddles through shallows      steadies enough to turn              and belly its way into the lake          on knees you struggle for balance pole forward        I couldn’t see how it would hold          as I watched you              nail crosspieces         a platform            begging scrap wood                                                      from neighbors              hauling fallen limbs you worked through the weekend […]

Piper Wilson – selective memory

selective memory there is a glass bottle in my throat and i put it there but now i cannot breathe or drink a cup of water; and in the bottle is a little slip of paper that i didn’t— don’t want to lose screaming is preferable to crying, but neither can be done with this […]

Sonia Greenfield – Elegy for the Rejected Birds

Elegy for the Rejected Birds Editors aren’t messing around with no birds now. —Luke Johnson In the arbor vita that divides my yard from the neighbors the gangs of house sparrows chatter all at once especially in the needling brightness of Minnesota winter and then all at once they go quiet as if they too […]

Megan Wildhood – Treatment

Treatment The providers, the corrugaters of grave clothes that served pills and sloppy joes and warning glares remind those discharging not to stop for gas in Gary, Indiana; ask if they want a list of alternative rest stops. The therapist who’d led his group for the year he was there hugged him and whispered I […]

melissa christine goodrum – & then we saw the daughter of the Minotaur

& then we saw the daughter of the Minotaur                               written for Leonara Carrington’s painting in the center a minty petalled tissue with a flower for a face eyes! two but small buddings meet & grow in a sculpted valley above the nose & under gill-like whiskers a plum robe drapes velveteen & obscures its most […]