Poetry 3.4

Tenderness by Laurie Barton

Tenderness by Laurie Barton

Poetry, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 At night, the Kurt Cobain action figure jumps off the shelf and walks across the Toys R Us parking lot. Working a bigger hole into the hem of his jeans. Shivering slightly in his brown Pendleton, stubble fighting to break […]

Snowbirds by Trina Burke

Snowbirds by Trina Burke

Poetry, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 Do you realize how far apart my eyes and how proximal? I am no fan of your grammar, your syntax. No more than picnic tables or hammock posts, dry nostrils and sea breezes. I’m looking for a different way to […]

What is Morning? by Trina Burke

What is Morning? by Trina Burke

Poetry, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 —after Antonin Stibůrek’s Girls’ War At its center the future is birth and mechanics. The art guard— small, elderly, female— contemplates the art. Egg shells voided of cargo applied painstakingly to canvas, and where the yolks? The artist obviously thought […]

Summer Contours by Allison Davis

Summer Contours by Allison Davis

Poetry, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 Grass: a wet-ink alphabet crystallized under nectar. Perimeters crack with apricots & figs. Birds rustle thick in almond branches, chirping roughly at eye-level. A man reads the paper on the patio. He goes to close the windows but stops. Before […]

Replacement for the Stick Gone over the Dam by Ezra Dan Feldman

Replacement for the Stick Gone over the Dam by Ezra Dan Feldman

Poetry, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 1. Not moonlight, but airplanes. They sing the whiskey from flask to glass, cheap and easy cascade. 2. The telephone fiction: sounds come down the wire like an egg-yolk out of its shell. How yellowly it protests. An invitation to […]

Sleeping Beauty Loves the Needle by Jeannine Hall Gailey

Sleeping Beauty Loves the Needle by Jeannine Hall Gailey

Poetry, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 No thread in your needle, just the spindling damselflies dart through cracks in the ceiling. The bird at the window tells you to drop the gun, put on your nightgown and drown. This bird holds a branch of judgment and […]

God Must Be a Beautiful and Lonely Outcast by Kyle Hemmings

God Must Be a Beautiful and Lonely Outcast by Kyle Hemmings

Poetry, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 For a moment, she forgets that her body is the bark of a decaying yew or the egrets that once rested on her branches bring only tiny jolts of pain snatching a bite of her flesh. Their nest is somewhere else. […]

Field Guide by Shaylah Kloska

Field Guide by Shaylah Kloska

Poetry, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 1. Hands and Animals The man will invite you in. He will beckon with hands that you will examine and decide whether they are lovely or crude, and which is preferred. The man will argue on the side of change. […]

The Ghost: The Man by Shaylah Kloska

The Ghost: The Man by Shaylah Kloska

Poetry, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 The Ghost: When he was a man, he was filled with swamp water. Oh, the water pooling in his eyes. Oh, his fingers— Bellies full of blood. Bled me dry, his watered heart. Always swallowing; the feeling of drowning. The […]

Why We Stayed by Shaylah Kloska

Why We Stayed by Shaylah Kloska

Poetry, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 I wanted to know how the animals felt the approach of winter— the thickness of the mud nests, the departures of the robins. And wondered when I learned instinct why my family stayed. We opened the door to knee-deep snow, […]