Poetry

How to Learn to Swim

Merridawn Duckler

  Be too old to do exactly as you’re told. Saunter around the lobby while the ancients beckon you to fears you don’t share. Go to the ladies room. In the mirror look nothing like the lady you are supposed to become. Fail to give…

My Daughter

Christina Perez Brubaker

  You’re much prettier with your hair down, when you don’t make that face, when you tilt your head to the left, like a tea pot, pouring a puddle on the floor. Mini attacks disguised as compliments. How will she react when she discovers what…

Killdeer

Mary Buchinger

  In the thumb of Michigan   stories of Indian camps in pockets of thinned woods   long after a treaty took away millions of acres and moved the nations Chippewa  Ottawa  Potawatomi to some river-bound tract out West    far beyond their jeweled Great Lakes   Indian…

Little Joe Gould #6

Devon Balwit

  “n.b. ye twang of little joe(yankee)gould irketh sundry who are trying to find their minds(but never had any to lose)”                                                                                                      e.e. cummings  “The Oral History is a great hodgepodge and a kitchen midden of hearsay, a repository of jabber, an omnium-gatherum of bushwa,…

Police Sirens Still Make Me Shiver

Ace Boggess

  from distance late at night across the river where bars are full with old junkies shaking hands beneath a table on one-way streets where cars pull up to the curb & honk their horns in parking lots of closed-down grocers blacked-out pharmacies & boarded-over…

Five Poems from Liberty Walks Naked

Maram Al-Masri, Translated by Hélène Cardona

  3 I am a human not an animal, shouts the ordinary citizen Ahmad Abdouwhab. With a trembling voice like a prisoner escaped from the cage of fear. The veins of his throat are swollen and his eyes filled with rage. He never read Balzac…

Tsunami

Martha Kalin

  i What do they want, these dream-men, who hold us hostage in the still point of night, in the vast elusive dark sinking sand, who salt-spray our mouths open, after hiding the key, before the deluge, before almost everything goes under, the massive growing…