To Kill a Mockingbird
At the beginning of sixth grade
when I learned that a man,
Mr. Key, was to be my teacher…
After years of knowing its meaning, I encounter the word out of expected context and must look up the definition…
Suzanne E. Berger
Before the Rescue
Dark is their dog, their rice, their silent radio
Their wife now, their plows
Darkness, the hunger…
Susan Jo Russell
Eve Walking Through
Eve walks the garden
mud splashed to her thighs
everything filmed with damp…
Photograph of Judy, Holding Elk Heart (after photograph by Laura McPhee)
What is it makes us want
to hold a big wet heart
that just stopped beating?
if I could be anyone for a minute, it’d be you.
Socks up, shortstop, feet light…
Sleep on a Bed of Nails
The trick is: more nails.
Enough of them, and with your weight distributed evenly among a thousand or so…
J. Estanislao Lopez
God complains that the angels have become nihilists. Sure, He says, they’ll herald, but only apocalyptic news.
Triangle Park: 23rd and South
Also at the fountain: four students licking at Rita’s (i.e. crappy) water ice, arguing about whether Picasso…
Car of the Future
Go on, shutter your house.
The rain is the rain is the rain.
It has no mind of you…
Evening, like any other Friday in late winter, rain turning to snow, sun around four,
the stylist at Jared’s saying…
Mary Ellen Geer
How to Write a Sestina
All you have to do is insert the right word
at the right time, and the poem writes itself. When it’s a sestina, you know the right time…