Poetry 4.4

Suitable Poetic Subjects by Bonnie Auslander

Suitable Poetic Subjects by Bonnie Auslander

Poetry, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 Love and valor and the quest. The meaning of death, God’s lucky numbers, His favorite kind of whiskey and His favorite time of day to drink it. Later, the habits of certain animals such as the ant, marmoset and canary. […]

Looking at Spanish Masters in Expectation of Divorce by Laurie Barton

Looking at Spanish Masters in Expectation of Divorce by Laurie Barton

Poetry, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 The happiness is a lost seed. Your clean pink skin the sleekness of your pants— none of this is mine. You have torn your way from the chrysalis. You tremble, hanging, two slick wings to dry. In the waiting, there’s […]

We Used to Be So Ravenous by Lisa Marie Basile

We Used to Be So Ravenous by Lisa Marie Basile

Poetry, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 at 7 Gregory Lane, tearing at wrapped gifts. We brought so many forks to the dinner table. No, not for food — for something else. Something we could put inside ourselves, forever. We ate the bone of my stepfather and […]

Letters by Lisa Marie Basile

Letters by Lisa Marie Basile

Poetry, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 (1994) You are a sloth on me, and I am your Cecropia tree. (1995-1997) Mostly it was the litany of light that kept me awake. There were three great street lamps beyond the trees, beaming through midnight. I spent two […]

Stinkfist by Lisa Marie Basile

Stinkfist by Lisa Marie Basile

Poetry, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 (for Aenima) The half of me, in basement stench, packing your last things: my fingertips on emerald necklaces and daguerreotypes of drunk dead family. I felt loss for myself in the way that an arm must feel under cold water. […]

A Letter to Lost Dogs by Ryan Bollenbach

A Letter to Lost Dogs by Ryan Bollenbach

Poetry, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 When you see your likeness nailed three times onto cracked, creaking wood, don’t turn back. Forget old warmth and wrapping around your human, eyes narrowed sleepily, and your small tusks peeking out from under your lips, and pace paw by […]

Reading Teacher’s Memoir by Ryan Bollenbach

Reading Teacher’s Memoir by Ryan Bollenbach

Poetry, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 Tells me I’m still a boy. That, when on concrete sidewalks, my nylon shoes are heavier than shoes made of ink. Means less distance covered per year. That, page by page, Illinois grows small, faster than day by day: how […]

Ode to Freedom by Alan Britt

Ode to Freedom by Alan Britt

Poetry, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 So, that makes this chameleon a charlatan… says the poet to a group of eager 3 rd graders, …he changes his skin whenever he’s frightened! The children slowly raise their hands, open their avocado eyes. A moth picks up the […]

Migration Patterns by Benjamin Cartwright

Migration Patterns by Benjamin Cartwright

Poetry, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 Fingers trace blue tattoos— the dotted incision-lines between ghosts. She sprouts soft down again on the round landscape of her head. Between the delicate movements of the crane, she invents lovers’ reasons for refusals to haunt hospital corridors. In hospice, […]

Different Species in Hen Houses by Benjamin Cartwright

Different Species in Hen Houses by Benjamin Cartwright

Poetry, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 Crows on rafters erupt until he lowers the thirty-aught six, done with erasure. One remainder hobbles on the concrete, leg left to dangle by an open space, an erasure. The explanation’s erasure is incomplete as a dog’s soul, which I’m […]