Issue 28 Poetry

Hug–Eyed Bill and the Gravid Shadow and Mandolin in White Wood, Tuning
by J. Camp Brown

When whisper festered Mother’s voice, Father
cut the eight steel strings off Bill’s mandolin.
Took his pick.  Quiet Goddammit.  Bill stole
away the catgut from his mother’s fiddle
and to pick with, picked up the quill of a crow.

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by Ashley Chambers

SABBATHA is the gummed
down headlong sick

omniscience he forefingers
inside me, soothsaying

rime onto the only real
page, blessèd be

my shaking page:
the sweating he,

and his unnatural lingering
long and slender slew of S–

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Backyard, Passage, Lake, and I’m Getting Ahead of Myself
by Ansley Clark

The summer had been talking to me    Oui c'est ça.

Eggs of flame dropped
into the yard    emptied
each bottle of beer.

The afternoon revolved and revolved.

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Regenerating My Limbs, Calculating the Odds, and Regenerating the Scale on Which I Balance My Emotions
by John Findura

We started with trying

to regenerate three separate

limbs, but failed badly

We then, rightly, decided

to start with just one

and therefore had to pick

only the most important

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Morning Meditation and Smoking on the Stoop at Night
by Elizabeth Tannen

Like ice—
thoughts form hard and gleaming, but bound
to breaking, pure and slow.

I know: morning’s purposeful grip scatters
with the day.

I know: time skates through inert materials,
like shyness and gas.

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