Interrupted Empathy by Syed Zaman

…Of naive complacency—your hands— Wherein possibilities for poignant pleas and Bathetic poetry are rehearsed romantically— Hysterically—through looping piano motifs, And everyday despair. I am haunted—by hollow, harrowing Spaces devoid of dramatic redemption. Filling each frame of memory With, yet again, empty, barely defined— Rugged horizons—plummeting musical Phrases to the intersection of what once was Seen as bucolic but now a landscape found Only in—eternal ruin—hiding … Continue reading Interrupted Empathy by Syed Zaman

Mother Daughter Fight by Peter Crowley

Glass dives off table, marrying flesh Eyes widen, in shock and rage Then another glass, constructed in forgotten Chinese factory, is hurled from hand, from the same direction but toward the other end of the table. The two flying glasses’ trajectories made an X, each shattering after hitting wooden tabletop and splaying out shards which land on mosquito-flooded floor Afterwards, the daughter, temporally “home” from … Continue reading Mother Daughter Fight by Peter Crowley

Outlier: A Poem About the Workplace by Laura C. Wendorff

The Bandwagon is full (colleagues know which side their bread is buttered on). “I’ve made up my own mind!” (They’re into denial, here, too.) The center is subterfuge. The master-manipulator works his political magic and presto! The Bandwagon is changed into a smooth, black Lexus. Then presto, again! The Lexus becomes a white Prius, and riders breathe a sigh of relief. Their guilt is gone—they’re … Continue reading Outlier: A Poem About the Workplace by Laura C. Wendorff

We Christianized Barbarians by Julio Monteiro Martins, Translated by Helen Wickes & Donald Stang

We Christianized barbarians, more alone than ever in the world’s regard, no longer have the Ptolemies or the Basileuses to explain us to others, nor do we have other converted Goths to hoist the two-sided blade in our name. We are alone, without any remedy. Searching the desert that forewarns us of the lions, we see everywhere mirages of wild beasts, naked martyrs forever in … Continue reading We Christianized Barbarians by Julio Monteiro Martins, Translated by Helen Wickes & Donald Stang