Poetry 6.1

The Causes of Cyclone Formation Aren’t Well Understood by Kathleen Balma

The Causes of Cyclone Formation Aren’t Well Understood by Kathleen Balma

Poetry, Vol. 6.1, March 2012 1 Yes, it’s true: stunted hicks are our only fruit. They grow in rows like crops and come in various shades of redneck. (Scarlet O’Scarecrow is my favorite.) 2 The breeze here gets so sick of us all, it spins […]

Tiny Studies (Particle 3) by Kathleen Balma

Tiny Studies (Particle 3) by Kathleen Balma

Poetry, Vol. 6.1, March 2012 1. ______ anorexia a. Islands make mini species. 2. ______ dementia b. The mind is an isle of small thoughts. 3. ______ insular dwarfism c. The brain consumes itself and is lighter.

The Figure of Disfigurement by Elliott Freeman

The Figure of Disfigurement by Elliott Freeman

Poetry, Vol. 6.1, March 2012 What warps your entire frame? The curve of bowstring plucked and held is like fixing a pin into struggling wind, and the lungs can only breathe so deep. Watch: the way the heart contracts, shriveling and unfurling like the twirl […]

Drunk in Bed with a Book of American Civil War Photographs by Michael Derrick Hudson

Drunk in Bed with a Book of American Civil War Photographs by Michael Derrick Hudson

Poetry, Vol. 6.1, March 2012 A rifle broken at the wrist and the 24th Michigan’s dead bristly jaws tilt at the silvery blank patch of a daguerreotype sky. Beyond the shattered split rail is the patch where Major General Jubal Early overwhelmed XI Corps. There’s […]

Drunk in Bed with the Last Few Pages of King Lear by Michael Derrick Hudson

Drunk in Bed with the Last Few Pages of King Lear by Michael Derrick Hudson

Poetry, Vol. 6.1, March 2012 So what’s happened? A syphilitic compositor? Poor handwriting? Or perhaps the printer’s devil stumbled again scattering his tray of type. The plot’s almost nonsense: which is it, a mirror tilted in hopes it’ll fog or a feather dangled to catch […]

Dear F Word by Amorak Huey

Dear F Word by Amorak Huey

Poetry, Vol. 6.1, March 2012 Pluck me. Pluck you. Invite me in to drink the last of your honesty. Collect me in dark corner of empty parking lot where the high school kids make out. Grow up with me. Keep me awake. Put the fire […]

Houston by Amorak Huey

Houston by Amorak Huey

Poetry, Vol. 6.1, March 2012 for Lightnin’ Hopkins You know what they say about lightning. The grit & chomp & heat of this place smears itself into your skin, this born-again battlefield where sweat smells of sky & freedom & saltwater – it never was […]

Real Mothering Stopped after the Baby Boomers by Stephanie Renae Johnson

Real Mothering Stopped after the Baby Boomers by Stephanie Renae Johnson

Poetry, Vol. 6.1, March 2012 Time punches through, measured by cyclically emptied birth control pockets. Ovaries need eulogy songs, because no one prays to them any more—no woman a slave to their moonbeam-paved road of blood. I am no more a woman than a lamp […]

Autumn Impression by Eric Mohrman

Autumn Impression by Eric Mohrman

Poetry, Vol. 6.1, March 2012 glass, her lips are glass & gold leaves fall on her courtyard of marbles they are not diseased, they are a dance dying in the cracks of their conception

Feral by Eric Mohrman

Feral by Eric Mohrman

Poetry, Vol. 6.1, March 2012 like an involuntary virility, you undress & coalesce & these wet streets, black, bleak, blink blank with dementia, the hostile hiss of passing tires, the streetlight refracted in your dented insomnia, your nails grow visibly longer with each block stopping […]