Poetry 7.1

Story of Ada by Lisa Marie Basile

Story of Ada by Lisa Marie Basile

Poetry, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 Ada, with a pillowcase over your head & a spire making opera between your legs, have you ever questioned your place? you have become a kite in a storm, a courtesan whose body has been trained for sunday evenings. Ada, […]

Story of Isolde & Marie by Lisa Marie Basile

Story of Isolde & Marie by Lisa Marie Basile

Poetry, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 We’re under corbeau wigs tied wrist to wrist in the linen closet. From your older sister’s attic bedroom, opera in the shape of the day. We want so badly to touch breasts, so badly to touch breasts. Want so badly […]

The Hand Strikes Four by J. Bradley

The Hand Strikes Four by J. Bradley

Poetry, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 You were at the wedding as chalk cursive. I reached for the empty chair, coaxed the air for a dance. I waterboarded my hips with Bushmills and ginger beer, clutching the glass like your hand. In the photo booth, my […]

La Mer by Yihan Chou

La Mer by Yihan Chou

Poetry, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 The summer before her chest hollowed out, ribs bowing around vacuums, her lungs ballooning new geometries. The summer seas invaded body cavities, feral and chemically sweet. Her body became a gondola ferrying pale, diminutive hopes across the wide strait of […]

Afterlife by Chris Featherman

Afterlife by Chris Featherman

Poetry, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 The herons are returning. An April dusk slips undone and a pair fly over the sea. Their white, viscous necks are stretched by flight and catch the light like both edges of a narrow blade held, you once said, just […]

Emulsion by Orlando Hernández

Emulsion by Orlando Hernández

Poetry, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 Broken the sound of the rain, partial the darkness the form of a tree sets against nighttime. This is the song of a man in the shower—waking, sudsy, accountable to no one. The window is an equal sign between gently […]

Messengers by Erin L. Miller

Messengers by Erin L. Miller

Poetry, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 Man believed in an other-worldly order of existence because from time to time he met its representative in his own world. –Laura Kasischke Two things that look like dead bats: one a large pod (the body and wing), the other […]

The house understands by Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein

The house understands by Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein

Poetry, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 The house understands there’s nothing we can’t turn into death. The hand on the breast, the small penis in morning that once was constellation, its tenor of delicate, warm light. Time empties it all. We are its people [tiny, turned, […]

Levee, someone once told you by Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein

Levee, someone once told you by Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein

Poetry, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 Levee, someone once told you, the child half in secret, to let your hair curl free as plume. And you, sleeping, told it, as you told your bones to grow, tall as man [cupped hand to ear and told us […]

My Mother Remembers Peru by Eva Maria Saavedra

My Mother Remembers Peru by Eva Maria Saavedra

Poetry, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 You come home with your tear-stained cheeks bright and angry, arms sore from tugging, your right hand clutching the severed handles. You knew not to go down that street after five, now stand there. Think about what to tell your […]