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

Dream Sketched From Memory by David Leo Sirois

We wash our hands with coffee grounds & light, & pulse still. New water reaches for our air in your coffee/tea temple’s constellation of plants. Out-of-doors, Canada Road hides under sharp snow, shares forward-steps & sideways triple-steps with us, dances impromptu swing. Brown-beige blanched façades lost in hollowed histories this shortened sun-span, before the inner Witness ~ spectator of sleep, who records dream-scenes to show … Continue reading Dream Sketched From Memory by David Leo Sirois