Poetry 4.2

Piano Piece by John M. Anderson

Piano Piece by John M. Anderson

Poetry, Vol. 4.2, June 2010 The grand piano is holster-shaped, slung along the leg of a hip-shot room that stands quiet as Jack Palance away from the crowd, expensive gunfighter. Hours earned or death bequeathed this pendulous, peninsular coastline. Hours explored, made its ivory pay. […]

Again by Laura Bender

Again by Laura Bender

Poetry, Vol. 4.2, June 2010 Whiskey and coke is the woman’s way of falling in love. I couldn’t help it. It was dead before the truck hit it. I come back to you and hold your face, the sun an illuminated cantaloupe. My hands around […]

Misdemeanors by John F. Buckley

Misdemeanors by John F. Buckley

Poetry, Vol. 4.2, June 2010 Petty criminality nips at our heels like Chihuahua pups, seizing Achilles’ tendons for the purest of reasons. We copy gate keys that read “DO NOT DUPLICATE,” passing them out to our friends on bongwatery couches. We leave the toothpaste cap […]

Ash Wednesday Fantasia by Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo

Ash Wednesday Fantasia by Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo

Poetry, Vol. 4.2, June 2010 We’ve come in from the rain for Lent’s beginning, first of many solemn days. In the windowless, wood-walled church, we speak somber, answer soft. We’re in mid-mutter when the ashes float up from their small glass bowl. They pour out […]

when we were riding by Sarah Harste

when we were riding by Sarah Harste

Poetry, Vol. 4.2, June 2010 in the car early morning light digging its way out of the horizon i always waited for it you the kind of driver who never has two hands on the wheel never turns on the radio me the kind of […]

Inside the House by Lucy Jilka

Inside the House by Lucy Jilka

Poetry, Vol. 4.2, June 2010 She told me this and never repeated it how he would push her off the tractor, leave her standing. He never talked much. A tractor rolled over him the day before I was born, not a scratch. She told me […]

Unfinished by Lucy Jilka

Unfinished by Lucy Jilka

Poetry, Vol. 4.2, June 2010 I never asked how you brought about the conclusion, opium or an oxidized rivulet, I let that secret stay in iodine bottles, white tiles the bed crumpled with your body, curtains—open to your love making, circumcised in a painting smooth […]

White Nights Prelude by Lucy Jilka

White Nights Prelude by Lucy Jilka

Poetry, Vol. 4.2, June 2010 St. Petersburg, Russia 2006 Everything breaks down except Rachmaninoff. Rain patterns in pools—a crow across gray. Low C rolls along as if the last bell—intermittent the toll of bones low, earthlike. The sun spins elusive—rolls cemetery hills the size of […]

Catatonia : a credo by Derrick Medina

Catatonia : a credo by Derrick Medina

Poetry, Vol. 4.2, June 2010 I know the balance of living, carrying a full glass across a room, acquainting axis with gravity, containing what is collected. Atoms whirr within everything; every body unites in movement— skeletal bodies, celestial bodies. Lungs dilate as light entropies. We […]

I Forgot to Bring Flowers by Derrick Medina

I Forgot to Bring Flowers by Derrick Medina

Poetry, Vol. 4.2, June 2010 morphine drips clear under the sixth-floor window. curtains sheer enough to make snowflakes look like stars behind closed eyelids. the heart monitor keeps the pace, punctuates the quiet. syncopated beeps shift with a flick of her glowing finger; her thin, […]