Genevieve Kaplan

The birds

Over the slant of the idea of the house.
Over the wings of snow, over the side
of what's aching, out with the stars and the cold.

In the steam of things.

The landscape

Granted, the flowers will take hold,
what is yet rising will ease somehow. From here,

the light attacks
the window and the stress of the shining
does not ease.

The ice storm

Wherever the mountains. Knowing what the rows
look like in the sun (plaids appear) (dust coated).


The look is fading and the hills too
where the sun slopes across, they're circled
in dust.
It is never the heat that remains.

It's the same in every downpour

A full blood-rain
has already shattered the tepid west.

--How can we even speak of it?

The bird constructing a nest in the branches
of the tree above us
can't last.

It's the same in every downpour: changes
in our lovely valley--

(Will the fruit hold long enough to ripen? Is a
giraffe tall enough to pick it?)

Keep watch, for a falser motion is mourning.

The sky chromatic
and calling and not weakened
by prosperity or success or failure in the least.

--and I see you in it, monkey-footing around.

(When we're walking down the street
unafraid of animals, it must be Fall.)

Near the constant river
in which we find ourselves rock-solid, done for.

Instead we see palaces, turrets always holding
the rain in place.

Genevieve Kaplan's poems have recently appeared in Cimarron Review, Mrs. Maybe, The Hat, and Gulf Coast.


Executive Editor
Tom Grimes

Managing Editor
Jane Hawley

Co-Managing Editor
Reyes Ramirez

Poetry Editor
Jennifer Whalen

Fiction Editor
Stan Rivkin

Nonfiction Editor
Heather Lefebvre

Eric Blankenburg

Copy Editor
Sessa Kratz

Interviews Editor
Amanda Scott

Public Relations Manager
Samantha Tanner

Book Reviews Editor
Mallory Chesser

Blog Editor
Josh Lopez

Assistant Blog Editor
Alicia Salzmann

Sarah Howze
Dan Barton
Niko Kyriakou
Theresa Holden
Brandon Ricks
Casey Winters
Rachel Gray
Lawton Cook
Lauren Bull
Benjamin Seanor
James Deitz
Timothy Dailey
Maggie Ilersich
Stuart Gill
Katrina Goudey
Dorothy Lawrenson
Ram Hinojosa
Meg Griffitts
Jacob Massey
Paul Adams
Allison Myers
Phillip Mandel
John Edgar
Michaela Hansen
Shelby Newsom
Ashton Kamburoff
Graham Oliver

Faculty Advisor
Steve Wilson

Founding Editors
Michael Hart
Evelyn Lauer
Josh Magnuson
Toby Peterson
Michael Wolfe

Advisory Board
Katie Angermeier
Ben Engel
Evelyn Lauer
Herpreet Singh


logo for the CLMP

All photos were taken at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, by Sameera Kapila and Herpreet Singh.

Website design by Sameera Kapila