Tag: issue 2

Two Poems by Elizabeth Kate Switaj

Two Poems Elizabeth Kate Switaj Fire Flowers in the Lagoon turn my flesh into flowers burning in the cities of night let there be something beautiful in the chaos of you love me not, of what was tested on Bikini Atoll now a martini’s name, made with pandanus in Uliga let me breathe saltpeter &…




Emily and Big-Headed Anna by Stephanie Dickinson

Emily and Big-Headed Anna Stephanie Dickinson Emily and Big-Headed Anna * 1927. There in the dawn after milking I discover Anna, my husband’s sister, bent over the hay manger. Her big head’s covered by a hat the color of a song sparrow or a cloud of road dust. Mouth ajar as if a pasture gate’s…




Veer-Off by Steven Ray Smith

Veer-Off Steven Ray Smith The lights were purple, harlequin, and orange but they did not mean stop, or slow, or go like all the traffic signals I had known since outgrowing gibberish times when foreign everything went in and out my mouth and colors flashing beyond the window were jellies blinking to be eaten. On…




Mythology by Myron Michael

Mythology Myron Michael (This is how Jesus met Diana at an existentialist park, as he was working to regenerate the wheel-chaired limbs of an amputee who, in figuring the moon, had felt the strident chords of her will before—wherewithal withstanding, a pentagon was erected right next to Diana’s temple as Jesus, with the wiredrawn hair…




What I Can’t Say at My Neighbor’s Party Looking at a Map of the United States by Scott T. Starbuck

What I Can’t Say at My Neighbor’s Party Looking at a Map of the United States Scott T. Starbuck Texas is, and always has always been, an upside down shark eating Mexico. Florida is a phallic reminder of how the nation got screwed – twice. And who can forget Louisiana getting the boot during Katrina…