Issue 16 Poetry

Landscape with Grief Approaching
by Melissa Barrett

There are footprints here, staring back
at each other—nearly identical

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by Lindsay Faber Chiat

You could easily make a case
of the ocean’s garbled intentions

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California Ice Age
by Elizabeth Colen


You stand under the eaves.
I’ll watch from the house,

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by Melissa Eleftherion

To bubble is to begin to.

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by Melissa Eleftherion

Animal Style Fire Halo
Long Distance can be Pleasing

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Clean Me
by John Estes

I love to watch these bodies, how lovely and shapely

they are, as if, as Cavafy put it—Eros had fashioned them out of

D.H. Lawrence, Painter
by John Estes

For $2 paid to New Mexico’s last living
witness to his town square

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Museum Dream: An Experiment on a Bird
in the Air Pump
(Joseph Wright of Derby, 1768)

by Jen Jabaily-Blackburn

Some of us can’t help staring into the bulb,
savoring the last breaths of the white, crested bird,

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Approve Our Eyes and Speak
by Jen Jabaily-Blackburn

I. Here’s what the audience remembers best:
Gertrude’s jeweled dress. Those bolstered,

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Neo Prayers
by Rob Talbert

Blessed be the butterflies
who inhabit the metropolis of flowered fields.

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The Weight of two Suns
by Stacey Tran

we’ve peeled off the sin and now, this core
left over from valises unpacked

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Tom Grimes

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Jane Hawley

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