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Aphorisms for a Lonely Planet

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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...

EXPEDITION NOTES

"I would need to/learn to half-sleep standing up, always alert for/the leaf that could fell me."

Greetings from Paradise

How is your heart? How is your hallux? How is your inner sea horse?
"A Whiter Shade of Pale - Wet Crows Study 1" by Patrick Doheny

Crows With Sun

CROWS a determined them sometimes on the branches of today you left remain now as a question in dark things WITH SUN crowd of companions stain the brightness a year since you chose to leave not quite a...

What Lucy Feels Like

The air inside a leaf fist. Not October’s burnt romantics or tin aftermath of rain, haiku’s mist through trees, lone bonsai on hillside green— solitude’s calm is not the air I mean. When you feel mad at world which means mad at self, there’s no sweet...

The Truth of Low-Hanging Clouds

Tiepolesque: is that a word? If not, it should be: all these clouds stacked up and shadowed blue, as if the gods had finally deigned to...

That the mind isn’t guided by the punished shade

"Spots on the surface. A dampness somewhere nears us to sleep. We walk on another kind of nest for the body"

the dark, it quivers

"We suffer till suffering blooms | and then the alleys turn"
labyrinthine circuit board lines

Your Beautiful Robot Face!

A playful yet poignant poem from a dystopian future. In Dustin Luke Nelson's world, robots have replaced humans but live indistinguishably from their organic predecessors

Allegheny Cemetery Day in Winter

The world of "Allegheny Cemetery Day in Winter" is compelling and haunting. A poem by David Blair.

Demolition Trio

Beautiful, pain-laced daily observations by poet Zach Savich during his battle with cancer.