Jessica Jacobs – Reciprocity

Reciprocity For I was mud and you were the face pressed to mine, making me in your image. When I was a furnacing fever, you were a dousing river. I, word-hunger and you, the book by heart. I, new blooming; you, pages of my pressed petals. And when I was ambition, you were the open […]

Jared Smith – Before the Storm

Before the Storm Two days out before the storm we began gathering candles from all those places one hides them, puts them away for when needed, old ones limned with the scent of mothballs, half melted Christmas candles, whatever we could find and matches, a bic lighter, an old iron lantern and yet wind blew […]

William Greenway – Quarantines

Quarantines                    i Imagine the media coverage of the Black Death, whole families boarded up to die inside, the comic bring-out-your-dead carts, cameras on location by the mass graves, Shakespeare, the Globe closed, Lear televised to the yokels. Tired of YouTube, my bored daughter draws over and over stick figures with straw hair like the thatch […]

Francesca Bell’s Bright Stain, Reviewed by Cindy Hochman

Francesca Bell Bright Stain Red Hen Press Reviewer: Cindy Hochman The first poem in Francesca Bell’s sophisticated and street-wise collection Bright Stain begins, like any coming-of-age story worth its salt, with reluctant innocence. Little mouse, lying white on your side like a child in a christening dress— … but snake isn’t interested. … refusing to […]

Florence Weinberger – Inspiration

Inspiration             Magnetism, she claims             is the source             of her inspiration. Our earth’s a gravid rock that begs             to be pierced. Perceived.             Confessed back to itself. She gives it her mothered tongue             dips its grudges, stropped cleavers,             embers of dark inheritance into a potion made of potent odes and madrigals.             Ejecting its dead clichés             its random […]