Lynne Thompson – When To Bird & When To Be Human

When To Bird & When To Be Human Did you ever hear the red-bellied woodpecker give a shrill churr             to any Black birder who was just looking up? Maybe you’ve heard a Virginia rail’s long sequence of piglike grunts             trail off when in the presence of a Black birder or you have heard the solitary […]

Joanne Dominique Dwyer – Blood & Sky

Blood & Sky It was an undertaking: standing in line to select a blue or a red fountain pen from the Catholic school commissary as a little girl in my plaid uniform. It engendered infirmity in me. Boys in one line, girls in another; versant in how         to stand in line, distribute weight equitably like […]

Dennis Hinrichsen – [domain] [With Cold Water Running through It]

[domain] [With Cold Water Running through It] According to scientists with NASA, who have used satellite radar data to analyze the problem, the ground has dropped nearly 30 feet in large areas of the Valley since the 1920s as the substrate below, sucked dry of water, contracted like a dry sponge. “San Joaquin Valley farmland […]

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 […]