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Will You Line Up the Children?

For pigtails, balance beams, cracks to break your mother’s back. Everything, lines. I wrote loops, not over and over but forward and forward and my line...
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An Odyssey

Day like rain, a cast iron crow Furling its wings in thin emptiness My heavy body holds the wound Deep inside black iron cloud Raining down when the...

The New Math

March 2020 My daughter pots plants in the desert. In the desert, pandemic is elsewhere. Or that’s the theorem. If the proof is in percentages, I tell her to...

Aubade

King of neither plant nor animal but of mornings after rain / / ghost sprung in the gloaming a memory of betweenness / / arisen in the dark and...

Your Fire and Thunder

Dr. Li Wenliang, who was the first to sound the alarm on the outbreak of the pandemic, died in Wuhan a year ago, on...

Mise en Place

Could this be madness, this? ~Sylvia Plath Beyond all dusky upstairs rooms, their doors fastened tight, locked by skeleton keys I’ve lost in some drawer of the mind,...

Appliances

On Tuesday the latch knob hurtles off the toaster, startles me, small silver bullet of the morning. On Wednesday, pressing down the lever, I flinch and take...

Midnight in Quarantine

The coyote has long since gone but the old pit bull still barks at the edge of the chain link fence for hours without pause. I lie in...

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...

Hart Island

look, proof from satellites: mass graves on Hart Island, an old plot of land I never knew existed & never thought to visit. the unnamed & unclaimed, the...

Duologue with the Pandemic

                                after Xavier Villaurrutia [first day ] No one home. In the...

In Summer

He uses your full first name right from the start, and you let him because neither of you intends to stay: he'll go home and so will...