Poetry 5.1

Reynard in Love by CL Bledsoe

Reynard in Love by CL Bledsoe

Poetry, Vol. 5.1, March 2011 Snow smothers the hopes of the soil. Foxes smell their own starvation in the scant stand of hardwoods, the abandoned barn the other side of the hill. Whiteness strokes the ruddy fur of their faces. It tastes of copper and […]

Stop by CL Bledsoe

Stop by CL Bledsoe

Poetry, Vol. 5.1, March 2011 No matter how it’s dressed, solace cannot empty the lungs of fluid, the heart of fire, dumb things that they are. Say: my fingers have lost their claws and might as well stroke and soothe. Say: clearly, all things value […]

Suggestions for Second Day Uses by Kelly Boyker

Suggestions for Second Day Uses by Kelly Boyker

Poetry, Vol. 5.1, March 2011 It was never meant to be this way in the Betty Crocker test kitchen, especially not in the German Room— with meat balls and paisley wall paper and three stainless steel sinks. In your sanitary hat it was easy to […]

Mike, or Michael, or Whatever You Are Called Now by Sarah Brook

Mike, or Michael, or Whatever You Are Called Now by Sarah Brook

Poetry, Vol. 5.1, March 2011 There was no time to know your body. Being only concerned with making it, we did and were done under a grey haze. So I am surprised by my surprise at the hair on your chest, how thin you are […]

Shore Leave, Crete, 2002 by Brandon Courtney

Shore Leave, Crete, 2002 by Brandon Courtney

Poetry, Vol. 5.1, March 2011 We’re standing at the mouth of the port, watching mast lights sway on waves, lean tenderly into darkness. In the deepest part of the ocean, it takes a ship three hours to sink and reach the ocean floor; it lists […]

Welcome to Hard Times by Howie Good

Welcome to Hard Times by Howie Good

Poetry, Vol. 5.1, March 2011 1 He was still a long way away when he limped into view. Maybe the airport was fogged in, maybe the disease was contagious. He rolled his suitcase over the railroad tracks, bumpity bump, drenched in the coldness of passing […]

Jack by Noah F. Grossman

Jack by Noah F. Grossman

Poetry, Vol. 5.1, March 2011 So October’s yellow leaves are parsed to November, gliding on a hymn performed by the wind. We find the pumpkin amid this strewn flora, its stalk an ancient umbilical: a hat and a haircut and every nourishing appendage ever severed—reminding […]

Wilderness by Christine Hamm

Wilderness by Christine Hamm

Poetry, Vol. 5.1, March 2011 Go to sleep, I whisper to my brother next to me in the hammock, go to sleep. He keeps jerking and fussing; he whines ants are crawling in his ears. I pinch him again. His legs against mine feel sticky […]

What We Borrow Our Lives From by Katherine Henrichs

What We Borrow Our Lives From by Katherine Henrichs

Poetry, Vol. 5.1, March 2011 “He remembered being told as a boy that he had reined his pony in at the same time he had struck it with the whip.” —Marianne Moore When I got back my only plan was to escape again. I started […]

Berrigan XXXVII Translated by Andrea Kneeland

Berrigan XXXVII Translated by Andrea Kneeland

Poetry, Vol. 5.1, March 2011 It is Sunday afternoon. You in the next room. An ache Through the air pockets in my bones. The fire is dead. The low gray air moans to itself, moves inward A narrowing lane of codes and distant wires, distant […]