Sally Delehant Haertl
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree …
These structures were not built to bend through Black Friday.
“You Know You’re There”
You can’t tell the difference between numb and empty until (finally!) you find yourself face-down on the ground
Speed Will Win
no one will be excused from this scene / until the question has been recovered
You Know How It Is when You Go into a Room?
more than barf had changed–my attitude had changed.
How a fire spooks a field out of its hallows, / prone raccoons trapped within
I WENT OUTSIDE AND THEN I DON’T KNOW
Many different things have the ability to glimmer / and that is as much a reason for joy as for terror
Clear & Present
slow as Love, uninterruptible, there slurs the Edict
W. Vandoren Wheeler
WHY SAINTS KNIT HAIR SHIRTS
It is difficult to take a cold shower. / It is difficult to remain very alive.
Emily Kendal Frey
WE MIGHT HERE CONSIDER WHETHER ALL HUMAN FORMS ARE NOT EQUALLY…
Mediocre and holy we loved each other
A Light For Someone Else
I like a darkness I can fill up with what / lamps & sun & white curtains made in it
Faceted seaside mornings / A man could wake up dead
Whitney Houston Pronounced Dead at 48
Body as bureaucracy, body as scandal, / stay in our arms if you dare.
Forethought heaps up inside me until a leather strap sets it free.
I donate my heart to the nearest emergency cooler. I can feel my heart missing its cadaver.
Dena Rash Guzman
Bad Had Good
angels watching you struggle / to reach the itch where soon a tattoo
WHERE DID YOU LIKE IT
so busy calling out / names for ways to move / when luscious
thinking about the way summer / has already made a ghost of itself
He transformed himself into one arduous task / and out of the hills into the fresh blue
Who is this became a frozen garden. Who is it, also.
all ink erasable, noose loose enough / to polka
For Love of No One
If I had the power to glare at the meadow / Until snow fell and iron poured into a tress
Like a silver trumpet, I’m beautiful / but bad at my job.
NEAR BOUNDARY PEAK
A sense of vigor then confusion to the mustard plants / It’s easy to be the daughter of a terrible man
Hey! I am eating my skin, / whatever.
Village Women Explain Hubris to Me After I Fall Down a Flight of…
Maybe hubris is the female fig wasp married to the fig, / afraid to die in its vesicles, but too smitten / to escape.
Talking To Girls
As a peculiar machine / Squeezes you like a wrist, you standardize.
AND THEN IT WAS LESS BLEAK BECAUSE WE SAID SO
Romance is a grotto of eager stones / anticipating light, or a girl whose teeth / you can always see.
I’m waiting for attitude to pop / like champagne bottles off the hulls of new boats
Catching dragonflies down the creek, / she’d skip Sunday service, rippling / squalid water with pebbles.
It Didn’t Rain! It Didn’t Rain! It Did Not Rain!
River formed by interlocking bodies of color from the body / to the loom I will give.
from MICHAEL PALMER VS. MICHAEL PALMER
Her mind was behind a dent in the rectum of light. For almost a week, minutes turned into months until she decided.
Photograph of a Boy and a Dead Dog
Difficult to say how the boy feels, standing / in the road, the dead at his feet…
Battle for the Planet of the Apes
I / hid my tail / in this tuxedo, / made nice, / shaking hands / with mayors / until my / pocketwatch / stopped.
Emily Kendal Frey
MY DEFINITION OF RAPE
Hooray! Let the despicable / Dark fear / Of me / Be a moth / We can eat, white powder / I am not surprised
straight candor or even baby talk a / tinge of gallows humor given breath / & insistence to the point of fealty
The Duos Project
Repeat thus this: / Vanity is space / Is nothing… // Oh baby, show toxic Jo his / Oops!
Nestor is a round third-grade kid, with wild eyes that / quiver in their sockets…
To doubt the validity of this principle, / two wives, the name / I am assured by two eminently / of electrodynamics and optics…
bonding moment part two
a perfect air and thickness in between of gently punched arms and clumsy cheers…
How It All Fell Out
they were unfastened, unbuttoned, unhinged, undone (his fly was down!), but open most of all
Dear Corporation (For Precarious College Town Halloweens),
Please, do not hesitate to call us if you need a ride or a washcloth or a space heater or blanket or band-aids and disinfectant
The Stone Baby
Spasm of floor, torso, palms open to bring out / the new thing, throat against the cries / that do not come
from “Visitors, Cavaliers”
This had resulted in a mild flower between them— / a glamour row, in fact, where they both wore a red headdress / & stamped their feet
See the twin integers of shared genetics, tulips / hemorrhaging new sounds
Dena Rash Guzman
To Tim Who Nearly Died Today
Each light, each blue, / every leaf I’ve seen / comes on, barely green, / to burn away its new
In the Neighborhood of Burning Trees
not because Palestine is [still] / burning did the poet / shuffle into the park.
You learn not to cry and to make love // a hard stone at the center
FAKE WHITE COUCH
Very human things / Anchors & pieces of toast / Anything to make you / empathize with me in a poncho
Your mouth opens with sleep, / snores like another’s. / The window wonders.
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