Poetry 7.2

Ceremony for the Living: Kabul 2010 by Adrienne Amundsen

Ceremony for the Living: Kabul 2010 by Adrienne Amundsen

Poetry, Vol. 7.2, June 2013 The trees are filled with rustling, brown pods that rattle like wind chimes in the Kabul spring. The trees are mostly dead and the camp in the center of the city is filled with refugees making homes in the mud. […]

Ariadne and the Minotaur by Elizabeth Ballou

Ariadne and the Minotaur by Elizabeth Ballou

Poetry, Vol. 7.2, June 2013 And someday we will remember that, after all, they were two surges from the same tide: brother and sister, bull and girl, allies untangling labyrinth-shaped childhoods. They have waited and will wait again (his human hand memorizing empty walls, doors […]

The Dressmaker, 1911 by Elizabeth Ballou

The Dressmaker, 1911 by Elizabeth Ballou

Poetry, Vol. 7.2, June 2013 days she spends with her matchstick fingers caught between bobbin and thread, foot jammed against the treadle, craving high heels and nacreous strings of pearls and frothy hats that sail down streets like the prows of ocean liners and sings, […]

Wading by Susan Charkes

Wading by Susan Charkes

Poetry, Vol. 7.2, June 2013 according to the native folktale, your last dream launches your next life, so you must pack carefully. every night I gather particles of dusk, whirlpool vortices, the levitation of onlyness, the liberation of shadow. every night I bathe in cryptic […]

dyspnea by Michaela A. Gabriel

dyspnea by Michaela A. Gabriel

Poetry, Vol. 7.2, June 2013 this is where i keep the sacred safe : where birds flutter in my chest : a folly of mockingbirds : a red-breasted finch : when their wings wipe out the stars : bones rattle my body & brain to […]

Cassandra Throws out the First Pancake by Kathleen Kirk

Cassandra Throws out the First Pancake by Kathleen Kirk

Poetry, Vol. 7.2, June 2013 It doesn’t quite make it to the plate but that happens to so many celebrity pitchers, even some with gigantic ears. She’s got cold milk in the blue jug and warm syrup in the white ceramic chicken with its head […]

Pierson/Naturizer Composting Plant by Dana Guthrie Martin

Pierson/Naturizer Composting Plant by Dana Guthrie Martin

Poetry, Vol. 7.2, June 2013 ~for Dustin I don’t know who started the rumor that this plant was an abandoned slaughterhouse. I brought each boy I loved or even liked here to see if they could handle what death leaves behind. Most refused to follow, […]

Wildfire by Dana Guthrie Martin

Wildfire by Dana Guthrie Martin

Poetry, Vol. 7.2, June 2013 My hometown is burning. Heat and no rain means grass fire, means four barns burned, a trailer, a vacant house. A body is found— no age, no sex, not until it can be read for signs, like a charred map. […]

Discipline by Bob Meszaros

Discipline by Bob Meszaros

Poetry, Vol. 7.2, June 2013 June 1953, the second floor classroom is motionless in the heat. Miss Johnson balances a long white window pole above us. The muscles of her short thick arms are knotted; moisture thickens on her upper lip. She hooks the pole […]

impressions by Katie Prince

impressions by Katie Prince

Poetry, Vol. 7.2, June 2013 late night, the last bus home. cracked blue vinyl- padded seats form jagged constellations, the bus a dusty universe nobody cares to understand. she traces their paths with a dry finger. how do the seats look filled at midday, when […]