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Into Love

Every kiss that was ever kissed— every smile, every baby’s delight, a first step, a face that hides and comes back, a belly laugh—   every morning of gladness, gladness,...

Black Hole Beheld

  Image: "Black Hole Image Makes History" NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Photostream, licensed under CC 2.0.   Michael Leach: I was inspired to write the poem ‘Black...

Pandemic

Some saw a raven with ruptured feathers. Some smelled the homeless millions pressed inside a drop of blood. Some felt dark planets tilting. One planet, covered in...

Two Poems: Prologue to a Stutter and Forward, Thinking

Prologue to a Stutter his first language is himself the translation is running to catch up what you hear is the running * so near       his mouth— a tiny moth lands on his...

The Disintegration of the Face of Memory

after Dali We’re in gym class with arms spread open turning like flattened windmills making safe space       making enemies. Everyone I pass carries an unreasonable appendage propped in the...

My Nature

You gave me your wildest no. Thank you, I said. I will keep it forever. I will put it in a little box and carry it across rivers on...

Johnnie Redding

News said he died of a cocaine overdose in the elevator shaft of an old warehouse. He languished there for months, they said, under a layer of...

Dear Life

In the red dirt of the front walk a whiptail claws a cave for shelter from the sun. Inside, she faces out; her wide mouth shapes a smile....

Chronically

It started when I was 16, after instead of falling in love with Jesus, I fell in love with a boy, a little bit of God’s wrath...

Ghazal in the Year of Corona

What can I do to stay clear of Corona? How can I not draw too near to Corona?   Praying that someday we’ll all meet again And not...

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...

I Likened Her Hair to a River

I never thought I would go through with a one-night stand. Not because I’m religious; although I did die with salvation on the cross...