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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...

Dear Rhiannon

Dear Rhiannon, Bless you for believing when I said I’d backup danced for Paula Abdul. Bless your sister, who barely arched an eyebrow when you, all awe,...

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...

The Most Portable Instrument

I am learning there is a single horn    growing from the top of my head Because it is invisible no one can take it from me When I walk down...

How My Heart Gets Said

I stop for the view on the horizon, it’s true, or partly true every place is a vista I keep going to. It’s true, or partly true I can’t...

Olly Olly Oxen Free

We need a good soaking rain the kind that grays the sky falls all day puddles on the concrete pours off the roof swells the creek turns it brown & rapid drops...

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,...

Riparian, In Six Parts

  Jody Baltessen: This series of poems was written during Covid19 lockdowns in Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada). As with many others, I found myself needing to walk,...

EXPEDITION NOTES

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

Why Not Climb?

Whether it’s a bouldering sheep or a raw snow-bone, at this distance all is tantalising and inconclusive. Either way, there’s a silver flaw in your best eye, a speck...

Her Sabbath Dress

Rivkah Yosselevska stood on a hillock outside the Zagrodski Ghetto and saw her mother. Naked. Shot in the head. Then she saw her father. He refused to...

Types of Animals

after Borges some by branching   by bivalve   by colony   by loping   by leaping some disguised in waiting   in watching   by blending in motion some in color   in...