Poetry 8.2

Naos Explains the Moon as a Thought by José Angel Araguz

Naos Explains the Moon as a Thought by José Angel Araguz

Poetry, Vol. 8.2, June 2014 Clear on some nights, on others, whatever. An idea you keep coming back to, white paper of each night. When the moon cannot be seen, you pray. When the moon comes back, you pray. The future is silver on the […]

Naos in the Country by José Angel Araguz

Naos in the Country by José Angel Araguz

Poetry, Vol. 8.2, June 2014 A miracle in real life was far too slow. Prayer was always an option. Crouched and focused, working words into feelings, feelings into words, I would ask for rain. Walking home, I battled with an air of ruin. The dust, the […]

Naos Explains the More by José Angel Araguz

Naos Explains the More by José Angel Araguz

Poetry, Vol. 8.2, June 2014 Along the curve of the moon is a darkness, more moon. Believe in the more, in darkness as learning how to live in the world without light. How to hold still, and give the impression of moving. The bout between […]

In the Vet’s Hotel by Christien Gholson

In the Vet’s Hotel by Christien Gholson

Poetry, Vol. 8.2, June 2014 1. There is nothing here: three plaid shirts, a reading lamp, hospital pamphlets, a wallet wrapped in rubber bands, two Christmas cards (from my sisters, both in this room, looking – 2. Snow on the window ledge; in the parking […]

Dear Denise, by Christien Gholson

Dear Denise, by Christien Gholson

Poetry, Vol. 8.2, June 2014 they are still working long hours, into the night. Shadows against helicopter searchlights. No vigil of candles will stop it. Light, light… I saw fairies, too, when I was a child: the bee colony that swarmed me beneath a dogwood […]

Darkness, or Someone I Loved Once by Jeanne Henry

Darkness, or Someone I Loved Once by Jeanne Henry

Poetry, Vol. 8.2, June 2014 Even the smallest shift in shadow can seed hope thousands of miles away from the wound of abstraction. You think you know who you are? The dead lover’s voice stirs the sugar in your coffee. One of the few people […]

Of Want by Jeanne Henry

Of Want by Jeanne Henry

Poetry, Vol. 8.2, June 2014 I want to talk about time. Tearing apart. The way geography fooled the stove inside the living room & listen. I want to know how I’m supposed to light in a city captivated by the midnight thought puncturing daytime. Tick, […]

Meniscus by Melissa Ho

Meniscus by Melissa Ho

Poetry, Vol. 8.2, June 2014 curtains tilted sideways onto morning soil, thursday sunrise and indian henna seeping a song into weathered skin: this is how i remember 4am, the crunch of rubber on gravel, the taste of prickly pomegranates and gunsmoke swimming in half-shut irises. […]

Lucy by Melissa Ho

Lucy by Melissa Ho

Poetry, Vol. 8.2, June 2014 seven little scars wedged like an army of ants. under my arms, my thighs a maze, my fingernails. i think about it all the time. he had too much to drink that night, so he wanted me and i didn’t […]

Lessons from a Ventriloquist by Melissa Ho

Lessons from a Ventriloquist by Melissa Ho

Poetry, Vol. 8.2, June 2014 i. & i didn’t know until november had left, three little kids passed out in the washroom. mother said to stop drinking the detergent, but she didn’t know how to scrub clean our wrists swollen into prunes from the glass. […]