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Kingwood, West Virginia

I almost died in West Virginia, not from the cold or heat— in winter there’s dead trees to burn, in summer the Cheat River. Perhaps I...

Cold Requiem

Tonight the harbor is the sea: waves thunder, detonate on rocks, slosh over the seawall. The glaring moon has dissolved the stars. Few others are out, it is...

Lakefill

Summer in Chicago. Day five with the cousins. You are with your sister at a different lake. When you come home we will divorce. We have not told...

Greylock Glen

yarrow+ ferns +vetch +++clamber over stone foundations ++++++++of the vanished cabins ++++++++of the extraordinarily stubborn who tried to farm steep slopes +++who built beside quick brooks but one day had...

Papa Cussed for Fun

Papa hated liverwurst and ordered it just to cuss. To plant his flag in the restaurant. To watch the waiter tremble before Caesar one moment and beg...

Altered

A yard is a box with its lid tilted up so anyone can look inside +++++++++++++++++++and get closure. I looked all day through the gaps in...

A Theory of Falling

What a good use of time falling is & regardless of the into, i.e. a pile of leaves, their rustle, a love, the little sigh a bed...

I Develop A Crush on My Psychiatrist

And here she is: thirst. A parable about a drowning man. A skull found by the edge of a river. Gully of a mouth, bank of a woman....

amercurial

may it remain unchartered, chatter of latesinging mockingbirds, it is daybreak no matter when awakened. how else to halt the haunting but to avoid the night? all...

Codex

We sandbag the ventricle leak of ancient light to restore haloes to the right objects –freezers, turn signals, microwaves. Everything is early, spry with milt, the delicate...

Underfunded

Robert’s black hi-top fade has been dyed blue this week, and after I teach the prompt to prepare these third and fourth graders to write poems on constellations they’ve created by connecting the...

Chapter Five: [How to Survive Deadly Diseases]

The following is a list of possible illnesses one may face during an expedition and the essential tools to survive. LOST-FOG ++++++++++++Fire-mirrors, ++++++blanket shelter, stone saw, ++++++++++++opticompass,...