Genre: Poetry

Fight Dirty

Issue 1 | Fall 2017 |

  Exhaust becomes solid in winter, carbon dating exposed skin. A boy counts the skyfall, recognizes time as a layer of skin, an onion peel -ed clean by each fight, each shower after. Under water he will stretch his arms as far as breath, feel the warmth tease his finger-pads. Remember older boys, cigarette-lipped kids, …

Heading Back North

Issue 1 | Fall 2017 |

  The zipper runs up Florida, traffic teeth gripping certain hours, gapping others, rednecked, bottlenecked in clumps of coastal shoots sprung up from Miami’s palmy fringe that rainbows into bloom until Gator Alley’s central swamp sucks all colors in a browngreen, invading pythons wending, winding … We of Highway 75 angle north past uncultivated fields …

Ideo Locator

Issue 1 | Fall 2017 |

  :it’s on the blink, or glitchy; perhaps you missed an important download; your programming is obsolete; or, short circuited—the current running an unintended path—which is nothing like a short cut, but could be; any way, you are here, or here, or here and none of these places; our bodies aren’t equipped with idiot lights; …

Before the House Burnt Down/Him in It

Issue 1 | Fall 2017 |

  A man in an undershirt and boxers lies drunk on his front lawn. I’m at the window watching his daughter trying to pull him into their clapboard house. You’d think it would be easy, given his skeletal arm, his smallness. You’d think her mother and brothers would be there to help her, the street …

Examining the Cannon

Issue 1 | Fall 2017 |

  Tampa Bay Hotel, 1898 How gingerly they rest their hands on its barrel, the solid heft of it. How familiar they seem in its presence, like crowding around an old patriarch. One fellow with the look of a soldier slouches beside it easily as lounging in the sun. He savors his cigarette, daydreams about …

Answering the Question

Issue 1 | Fall 2017 |

  Isn’t poetry all about perfection? No, No—poetry is all about mistakes. The poem begins when it gets away from you, begins to travel on its own knocks open doors and cupboards at night boards the wrong train sleeps with the wrong man even marries him sometimes makes him the right one has sudden children …

Fashion Statement

Issue 1 | Fall 2017 |

  Larry wears the rental shoes home from Druid Lanes, red and green, an underlined yellow nine on the back, brags this pair more comfortable than the hand-me-down brogans left at the alley. Admired by daring classmates soon wearing pairs of their own.