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from The Sea Ranch

Jared Stanley: One thing I can say about The Sea Ranch is this: despite everything, a poem can be an earthly paradise – and...

April 2020

The low-slung sun spreads first-light shadows on a deserted road as it slips between dark doors of locked-down stillness towards this fragile frontier-line in human closeness We doff and don and change...

Ni Pena Ni Miedo

Some people must wonder why we want bones. I want them so much! I want them so much! --Violeta Berrios in “Nostalgia for the Light”   In Chacabuco...

Grateful Criss Cross

Listen to the poem read by the author:     Image: by Lesly Juarez, licensed under CC 2.0. Chime Lama: “Grateful Criss Cross” began as a poetry prompt by...

Capacitance

Coronary sinus that fills and releases. Cascading breath falls to basin. Small branches stretched exhaling temperamental at best. Thumbprints on frosted glass. Windows outlooking lots. Full of forgotten...

Spiders on the Hancock

Steady at their webs on the brilliant edge, Chicago spiders range outside the windows across the 94th floor, at every vantage their dedicated tensile silks arrayed upon the...
Waxing over a Sea of Clouds by Carl Milner

Istvan

To feel fully engulfed in the magical, raw nature of place, of strange polyphonic songs, of pigs and cows and chickens and giant puppets in the barns

SALIVA TERRACADE

Your tongue is lightweight Like ceramic tiles While you lick Your lover in order to Build a saliva-based Terracade You may be Shane Henrik, Australian, Architect, building Your cubistic blocks But Picasso beats You to...

Intensive Care

No figures here but pulse, breath and pressure; no metonymy of fate but a real hand cold upon a real sheet. What could any actor speak more...

We Have Permission

We can swim here— only fish and shells to glide with, a full alternate below-world. A single language where breath and tears are invisible, muted darkness making us all blind. There is...

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...

HOW TO COME BACK TO EARTH

On the 30th anniversary of the Challenger explosion, NPR interviews one of the scientists who failed to persuade NASA officials that launching the space...