Poetry 5.4

Museo Subacáutico de Arte, Cancún, Mexico, by Alyse Bensel

Museo Subacáutico de Arte, Cancún, Mexico, by Alyse Bensel

Poetry, Vol. 5.4, Dec. 2011 We substituted shapes of ourselves for substrate to make art. We drowned plaster casts of our bodies for coral polyps to colonize and spread brain mazes or ridges of pop-up stars. Creatures competed on hollow shells we placed on the […]

Footnotes to a History of the Beloved by Kristina Marie Darling

Footnotes to a History of the Beloved by Kristina Marie Darling

Poetry, Vol. 5.4, Dec. 2011 1. Three of the darkest flowers, which were pressed in a book and displayed on a lavish mahogany nightstand. 2. Only then did she describe the recurring dream, in which his luminous cufflinks gave rise to a series of house […]

A History of the Jewelry Box: Glossary of Terms by Kristina Marie Darling

A History of the Jewelry Box: Glossary of Terms by Kristina Marie Darling

Poetry, Vol. 5.4, Dec. 2011 bird. As in the shape of a charm, which was garnished with tiny lacquer roses. When it collided with her watch, their house would murmur with the most startling music. charm. An item most often used to evoke memories. Consider […]

The Diving Bell by Donavon Davidson

The Diving Bell by Donavon Davidson

Poetry, Vol. 5.4, Dec. 2011 One morning floating on the surface of water. A spider newly, from a deep blue I could never find, born. Sometimes I think, crawling out of the dark, simply falling into a hole never to escape. Even then there was […]

My Father’s Finger by Nandini Dhar

My Father’s Finger by Nandini Dhar

Poetry, Vol. 5.4, Dec. 2011 After Renee Emerson In the town where we lived, the inhabitants believed in speaking in rhyme: the reason would follow automatically. They argued. They talked slantwise. By that token, power-failure became load-shedding. Failures, whether of power or otherwise, are caused […]

Daphne Running by Brad Johnson

Daphne Running by Brad Johnson

Poetry, Vol. 5.4, Dec. 2011 She runs. Daphne is pushed by repulsion like a magnet repelling another magnet. Apollo chases. After being mocked by Apollo for his lame archery skills Eros shot Apollo with love’s arrow. Arrows are sexual metaphors. Daphne was the first he […]

Doubtful by Tyrel Kessinger

Doubtful by Tyrel Kessinger

Poetry, Vol. 5.4, Dec. 2011 Oh man, how faith is the end of all things reasonable and the end of all things undesirable. We have faith that oceans won’t swallow the world; the fast-crawl of blue milk spilled on sloped hardwood we believe, lacks a […]

Phalanges by Tyrel Kessinger

Phalanges by Tyrel Kessinger

Poetry, Vol. 5.4, Dec. 2011 Two days after the last rain and still puddles in the shapes of malformed ovals the Florida panhandle ragged potholes of apostrophes holding in them pieces of the world specific vistas chosen by the lottery of a personal trajectory awash […]

Commonality by Peter LaBerge

Commonality by Peter LaBerge

Poetry, Vol. 5.4, Dec. 2011 After Kim Addonizio’s “Generations” Somewhere is a college student, or farmer, or convict or street sharing my last name. Those men crowd round that street, faces twisted, sunlight churning. Playing cards are spread across the asphalt. They’re hot to the […]

Shores of Elgol by Peter LaBerge

Shores of Elgol by Peter LaBerge

Poetry, Vol. 5.4, Dec. 2011 After Shores of Elgol (Photography) by Hogne If you could find me. If you could see beyond this wave of words, raise your retinas through tide pools into white, into the disappearance of clam and current, to an aftershock. If […]