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A Can of Pinto Beans

  Robbie Gamble: For the past several summers I have spent time on the Arizona/Mexico border, working with an organization that provides medical and...

Poem Beginning in the Body and Ending in a Landscape

Partly wreckage See Left leg Not going as the leg once went Not light The way the light once went Before the light went dim And a field grew out of...

The Wedding Toppers

A bride and groom, two figurines, topped a wedding cake. After the wedding photographer had backed into the cake to try to get a...

SWITCH OR AXE

Because someone has to go back, I return to that boy showering unaware of his stepdad listening at the bathroom door with its little hook for the...

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....

Aphorisms for a Lonely Planet

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The Rise of Negation

Your memories like cells...these imperfect combinations

THE KING DIED AND THEN THE QUEEN DIED

E.M. Forster’s definition of plot is less about plot than the length of narrative you drag around. You hear it all the time: after sixty years...

Snapshot

Glimmer on the sidewalk August grit smells of old hotdog water pigeons bathing in fountains children running into fountains shimmying up fire-escapes and this whole damn apple wavy with summer stank and...

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...

Eastern Screech Owl and Northern Goshawk: Two Poems

Eastern Screech Owl   Outside my daughter’s window— she’s eight—a screech owl in a pilfered nest in the hollow of a horse chestnut tree.   The squirrel squawks, glaring first at me,...

Erinys

Be in the world for me while I sleep  do you hear that voice outsmarting itself again saying saying makes it so send a green fly to annoy send a black fly for torment from your cave doorway...