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Aspiration

Crowned a week before Easter. It is spring. The spirit might have whispered in your ear, as with Mary; the virus could have entered though the eye, through other openings. Your uvula once pink and light as...

What Grandma Read at the Bottom of My Cup

The hand that strokes the sleeping cheek will throb with self-control: a pulsing power station. Kindness is titanium. So plant. The seed will burrow up through dirt...

Short History of the Accident

Each morning the same skull fracture, an indented line I trace with my fingers in the shower while washing my hair. The drunk leaning over,...

His Answer

I lean forward trying to keep up conversation as I watch my father make himself eat. At ninety-six he struggles to keep up his weight. Forty minutes for...

In the Realm of Fear

I whisper, Heal us, heal us hope my words find a prayer, imagine it rising like mist— how easy it used to be as a child. The ritual...

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...

Alone

From childhood, on Pitkin and Easton Avenue, I have not been As others were: I have not seen— Portals eclipsed by the clamor of the boulevard,...

Thinning to Fable

Inside the house no snow No wood of footbridges dark with a staying wet in a forest black with green and lore with white But burning hands under...

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...

Sky

It races over the Bay of Bengal. It charges through river, paddy, and city. From Boston in my WhatsApp to family in Calcutta, I speak of Arfan. Perhaps...

The Yiddish World: Five Poems

Paul Buhle: A few words about the poems: These poems could be described as working notes of successive field trips during 1978-83. Poetry, being...

Time & Motion Studies: Diagnostic

I tied a naked guy up to a bedpost once. I had to go over his instructions carefully before setting out, the door was unlocked,...