Poetry 6.4

Turquoise by Lisa Cihlar

Turquoise by Lisa Cihlar

Poetry, Vol. 6.4, Dec. 2012 Let’s consider the body. It is a female form with breasts and vulva. There is a scar where one breast was removed. This particular body was strong. The flanks are highly muscled. We might ask if she had sexual congress with […]

Collapsible Structure, Distracted (Jan Wandelaar 1690-1759) by Aviva Englander Cristy

Collapsible Structure, Distracted (Jan Wandelaar 1690-1759) by Aviva Englander Cristy

Poetry, Vol. 6.4, Dec. 2012 As if contemplation alone could remove muscle, could distance motion into the collapsed structure, a frame folded in upon itself. Each joint measured before the undertaking of angles and submission, the extent and inclination refusing to demonstrate the absence of […]

Larynx by Aviva Englander Cristy

Larynx by Aviva Englander Cristy

Poetry, Vol. 6.4, Dec. 2012 to Hieronymus Fabricius, 1537-1619 What of cartilaged expression do you understand? What did you see in the hued pitch beneath a silent tongue? In descent we find tone and range, a lengthened voice. We speak from the bottom out. You […]

The Anatomist by Aviva Englander Cristy

The Anatomist by Aviva Englander Cristy

Poetry, Vol. 6.4, Dec. 2012 To render mundane in fugue, to minister an embrace. To harness and indicate, with mark, with persistence of gaze. To survey a corpse in mindfulness, an acquaintance. To tract and estimate the magnitude of evidence. The quantified alignment, extension sanctified, […]

Tropical Storm Debbie (June, 2012) by Rachel Custer

Tropical Storm Debbie (June, 2012) by Rachel Custer

Poetry, Vol. 6.4, Dec. 2012 I. Rain like the hiss of yes. shelter yourself above the verbing of the word force I have long practiced being a comma II. She is here, she wants to tell you a story about hallways, The Minotaur, how he […]

Communion by Julie Gard

Communion by Julie Gard

Poetry, Vol. 6.4, Dec. 2012 Your whole life goes by and all you’ve done is hold on. You’ve grabbed onto broomsticks, mop handles, job titles and children, limbs of lovers and their thick, smooth hair. They keep you afloat until the next season when the […]

Processions by Julie Gard

Processions by Julie Gard

Poetry, Vol. 6.4, Dec. 2012 I dreamt of my grandfather crossing the road, mute but his silence was kind. He was one I didn’t know past nine. He is frozen in junior fiction. He is sweating in the sun on the road. He is touching […]

After Gould by José Luis Gutiérrez

After Gould by José Luis Gutiérrez

Poetry, Vol. 6.4, Dec. 2012 Each note as anchor and ballast to his chosen season. Exuberance favors a wool beret, coat and gloves on warm summer days. His hands are manic angels gliding across the snow white keys. There is no time but the contrapuntal […]

Evening on the Magyars’ Champs Élysées by Alisha Erin Hillam

Evening on the Magyars’ Champs Élysées by Alisha Erin Hillam

Poetry, Vol. 6.4, Dec. 2012 We have spent the evening meandering Andrássy, sampling Indian cuisine, eyeing gelato. The tall trees lining the boulevard fracture street and store lights as darkness rolls in over the Buda hills. This is where we have seen the ballet, where we […]

New Hat for the Dreamer by Naomi Ruth Lowinsky

New Hat for the Dreamer by Naomi Ruth Lowinsky

Poetry, Vol. 6.4, Dec. 2012 If your father who used to be bald shows up in the dream in the form of your son when the chaos has got him If his hair’s gone berserk like the bad boy in the German children’s book who never cuts […]