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Crag Hill

We think a form of our thinking led

Admire his brilliant insight
into the recognized,
process of flint.

Ideas now considered
the latest wait
for mules to pass.

He was only twenty years old,
a military pistol upbringing.

They browsed
the low solid woman,
munching humane values

and a soft discrimination.

 

 

“Love is just the language of thinking?”

“But it doesn’t feed you.”

The mailman dismounted Hegelianism and, from his pocket,
snatched up all the Germans in harmony. They had a ball.

I knew it to be water–earthier, not so afraid–and stood upon the shore.

Keys chittered in their cages.

The lake was a long oval, fragments of newsprint, urine.

I listened for sound cut off, curtains.

 

 

Under our care willingly to know

This objective was alien,
cloth habits seeming to glow,
making a sound they cloaked.

Felt virtuous, like a volunteer, a culture.

He imagined startling his certainty under his arm,
down and down to bring up in the bowels
the evolution of flatness and depth.

 

 

At Public Ceremonies

Morning carried into crowds, along with music.
The weatherless inside air.

He felt years of detailed but quite fragmentary real life.
“Cutting into the tree, I am unworthy–”

Saturated with water the brother had a bitter flavor.
Winds and storms prove navigators.

Black spiders lie in practice?
I discovered a hairy bee by the throat,
the bee’s sting very proud, sure of its death.

 

 

Foolish to deny

He was cold nature newly arisen in that image.
A new movement sent the Marxian system
to living out a pleasant concept
of light reflected against the plans.

All its social flow opened up torrential
in the philosophy of white, thick steam.
In that way–quick movement–closely interconnected,
he rose above the cold metal, other face.

I knew an Irish laborer who when spring came
weighed down by grief.
They find dumb flowing in fields.
It was said when fatal illness severely upbraided him,

the very spot in his midnight wander did not attend
the agony where the cruel words plead.

Francesco Levato

Aurora [ 4 ]

Oblivion gone, and left all again as smooth as scythe,

this flesh and devil, dark question slaughtered

broken, bare                             such bloody splendour

poured deep                             drinking blackness in default of air.

Here where it ends,                             a blood-stain whispered,

a chant for midsummer when flame fell silently from cloud to cloud.

What possible sphere of purer life?

[ … ]

After fevers notched here and there with knives

life struck sharp

this passage of delirium,

this awful lightning

like one in anger drawing back her skirts—

a blind ferocity, a glare unnatural,

all new and strange this world turned stranger,

these lips all weary and wormy with need.

I wept aloud, then laughed, then wept,

and someone near me said the child was mad.

 

 

Aurora [ 5 ]

Deep calling unto deep,

in his throat what seemed a name whispered

touched home, broke and blasted,

a cleaving of cloud, a flash of teeth,

those hands unguessed

prepared to wring from body

blood-bright eyes

and when the corpses lay stark-stretched

the worst watch of night gives way

and lay ruined amid the ordure, shards, and weeds.

The spear should fall, I say,

and once more canopy the world with black.

[ … ]

All things blurred               and dull and vague,

perished summers, some strange spasm of passion and pain,

naked-bladed I lay quiet there where I was thrown like spun glass

to assure their souls against dangerous questions shaken from the crease.

Mouths drawn sharply               soured at the ends and braided tight

this pattern pricked fibre from fibre with pin—

we are of one flesh.

 

 

Aurora [ 6 ]

Cloaked and masked               murder uncoils

stretches stark this rag of flesh,                             scrap of bone in dim disuse—

Mouth upon mouth, some fragment of a whole waxes warm,

speaks of consequence               of something dead that might live again,

half-burned-out and all but quenched               these motions of mine,

these waste ways unwandered—

What name for this?

[ … ]

Flood succeeding flood                             this incapable throat, these veins split,

we wear the night with empty hands,

a sense of separation, a blank obstruction—

Leave me breath enough to speak,

to pale and leave the world a-dusk,               for that is fatal,

their angelic reach, this inhuman doctrine.

 

 

“Aurora” is a series of poems collaged from “Aurora Leigh” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and “The Ring and the Book” by Robert Browning.

Eileen Tabios

MONICA LEWINSKY

obtained a psychology degree from Lewis & Clark College

received a master’s degree in psychology from the London School of Economics

wrote a master’s thesis entitled “In Search of the Impartial Juror: An Exploration of the third person effect and pretrial publicity”

designed a line of handbags bearing her name “The Real Monica”

is the daughter of German Jews who escaped Nazi Germany and emigrated to El Salvador and later the United States

worked as a correspondent for British Channel 5, reporting on U.S. culture and trends

hosted a reality television show

enjoys yoga, musical theater, flea markets, museums, facial and color hydrotherapy

was a spokesperson for Jenny Craig’s diet program

was sheepish when she forgot to pay her cable TV bill

often offers toothy grins

gets introduced by strangers to their dogs

apologizes

is friends with Alan Cummings

knits

Seth LeBlanc

In my search of the American dream I have slipped into the American reality. The true intention. ?of whom. describe it, the dream. It’s there. The lighter flick, the sip of something stored in oak. The haze from back before yesterday, if only to step back into. The American dream. That tastes like something momma’s momma made. Back before yesterday, the flick and pops and stains happening in the microwave. American reality. Revolving.

There’s a swelling stomach at the end of the hallway bursting with promise, it’s full of shit. An American dream, it’s nostalgic. The way a dog might chase its tail, a centrifuge. Pinching off reality like a bad dream. A bad dream, it’s happening again. Like breakfast for lunch, the way a dog might have it.

A dirty guy with a face. At a gas station, ?you got any change. I got twenty dollars to my name. Then a pack of cigarettes and something in a brown bag. The cash register chings and all I have is coins and a dollar. The American dream, trapped between the gas station and my truck. Something dirty, revolving back towards me. Towards the door. Staring. The change on his face, in his eyes. In his hands metallic presidents and two joes. From his palm. A lighter flick, for him and me. An American exchange, dreams and reality.

Internalize society. The way you play the Sims or Monopoly or Legos. The American reality. Dream about it. Real people do what we play. What we pay for, it’s called real life. And you better grow up real quick mister.

Call and talk to your relatives who are sick and dying or afflicted with alzheimer’s. Don’t just forget about them, don’t just empathize with them like a tootsie pop. Like how many liquors does it take till your liver looks like a tootsie roll. Like pop, like its in the microwave, being reheated. The American dream, stained in empathy. Understanding, the American reality. Underlying, the real condition. Recognizing your relatives. Lying, you’ll call them soon. Lying, there in a casket looking like a fish. Because one day, the world is gonna pass you by. Your whole life is going to be an American dream.

I wake up in the day and feel like breakfast for lunch. It’s nostalgic, last night wasn’t it. A haze. A hobo and a tootsie pop. Out on the porch. Telling me what to do like the American dream, like crunch. Swallowing me up like American reality television of the united world of America. In a state. Like there’s sand castles in a haze in bombshells and you’re telling me gas is higher than my gpa. Like seriously. ?Isn’t this the best Sims game yet.

Grandma. You’re a mean ass bitch. And quite lovely to talk to. That punch line….. ?ya knowwhatI’msaying. Literally, that same line that you say after you say some story. When you punch me in the arm, when you say it. ?huh. ?you know what I’m saying. It’s a haze, but you got brass granny. And a glass of wine like one of those restaurant drinks……filled with ice and to the top. You know what I’m saying. It’s like the American
dream.

I can’t go to sleep again because I’ll wake up and be back in American reality. Trapped. Somewhere on a porch, squatting on the cement. There should be a camera here. So we can film it. The American dream. Sitting on the steps, like a commercial. Staring at a radio song, or concrete. Looping back in my head, in a haze. The lighter flick and a sip of something you can clean your wounds with. A punch line. You know what I’m saying.
Something from someone else that goes off again. In your head, in your own voice.

The essence of American reality… and when I say American I really mean the entirety of society… I was going somewhere with this. With this dream. I thee wed. To the united states of determinable plots of land where dear and buffalo roam. Until death do us part. Muah, amen.

I want that new Sims game where you get to create time and gods and stuff. I mean like who wouldn’t want to worship a deity like Superman, or those polytheistic X-Men. ? Could you see it. The American youth, sleeping in. Missing out on church the day Iron Man vanquishes the middle east and its minions. At home watching cartoons of christ on the cross, saving the American dream single handedly. Like grandma. Downstairs in a different room watching reruns. Laughing, ?you know what im saying. A sip and a lighter flick. Cackling like a damn demon. Lit up like a microwave, the American reality. Revolving, back into a dream again by breakfast.

Nate Logan

Advice to the Graduate

  1. Once you go Big Gulp you can never go back.
  2. Reintroduce your currency to the girlfriend’s purse it crawled from.
  3. The things that you do will always make your mama cry.
  4. Your beloved’s name tattooed on your wrist is a curse.
  5. Your beloved’s named tattooed on your shoulder is a curse.
  6. Your beloved’s name tattooed over your heart is a curse.
  7. Most of your friends end up in California. A quarter of them catch up with their rock n’ roll dreams. Another quarter of them take yoga to a whole new level; they could never really get behind relaxation in Texas. The remaining lot develop an interest in the forestry service and want, no, need, to make a pilgrimage to all those old trees.
  8. In a battle of toughness, step on a crack in the sidewalk. You break your mother’s back. Leave the Freudian implications for your psychology major friends.
  9. That last one was a joke.
  10. Future ex-lovers include at least one country western song on mixtapes for you, but it’s not always by Dolly Parton.
  11. Dolly was the name of the cloned sheep because the original cell was from a mammary gland.
  12. That last one is true and sexist. It might help you win a trivia game someday.
  13. Manifest Destiny isn’t just a saying tucked inside a dusty history book. At night your heart will beat fastest when you face the direction your brain wants to go.
  14. Your pair of Chucks will not get out of Missoula alive.
  15. Slow dance with your lover on a hardwood floor.
  16. A sweater will come in handy when you least expect to weep.
  17. There’s still a way to your heart and pizza might be the highway to it.
  18. There’s still a way to your heart and pizza and beer might be the highway to it.
  19. There’s a way to her heart and pizza and beer might not be the highway to it.
  20. The soundtrack to Texas is in the bottom of a pocket, a pocket with a coin or two, some lint, and a movie stub from a film you don’t remember seeing.
  21. You can always go to Ireland tomorrow.
  22. No, you can’t.

 

Min K. Kang

knees on wooden floor

what small bullshit will I scrump today

please don’t like me only because I am familiar comfortable like sweatpants

sure I could warm my own yogurt behind the fridge
save a few plastic cups

but where would I squeeze the milk?
where is this cow?
where is my pasture?

as I like myself I think
if I get this thing I will be okay!

this is a lie
stop telling myself this lie

if I feel like swamp be swamp

then my finger starts to twitch   uht uh   no shakes

I search the web for right index tremors

I get:

Parkinson’s
carpel tunnel
stress

 

When I am afraid I don’t know how to read a book
or make comments about book
but I do               I touch it first

 

 

excerpt from domusphere, a long poem

*

can I tell you what is really in this room? a roach who doesn’t tire of collecting her pearls. an imposter fusion buffet, crusting at the stove

I only write when I feel the weight of patriarchy sitting juicy on my sternum, like Janet Jackson’s cover of Rolling Stone. so I don’t know if I love writing but I know that I like to look at writing as it writes itself so handsomely, what a good girl, doing work, right now!

*

out of sight out of my. tony thighs that ensure a stack of chicken breasts in the fridge. salted. a boiled boredom

don’t microwave THANK YOU bags from the store. don’t microwave chip bags to make a miniature LAY’S for your dollhouse. stop chip science

*

a coterie of votaries for my honey. a homesick fragrance for when I miss fish sauce, the thick kind that has the eyes of small shrimp embedded like seeds. slip into pages of cabbage in a rash of red

hot and heavy and heady. sloshing the meats and upheaving desire

cold morning obsessions. a hot pot

J. D. Smith

Selections from “In Hawaiian”

OHAI.

Ni hao.

*

Like a wheel
Like a whale
Like a lake in a lane
Like an alp
Like an elm in an email
Like all hell, woe
Like a leak in a mill
Like a meal in a mall
Like kale and eel pie
Like a lame law
Like a lamp in kohl
Like a lone lapel
Like an ankh in loam
Like a lump, a mule
(Like a mime? Uh-uh.)
Like me
Like me
All hail me!

*

I lean on a nail—
A will unlike mine. Ow.
Now I am in Hell.

*

In a limp lineup
Men wave, weak in will,
Wank,
Wean on ale
A while, a kalpa

While women wake alone:

Haul a pail,
Pull a plow,
Make an apple pie.

Appeal.

Know awe. (Wow!)
I am Allah (Whoa!)
Holla!
Whip a woman on a whim, on a wall.
All aim! No appeal.
Keen, wail.

Pile on kohl
Peel a lemon
Keen, wail. Keen, wail. Alone.
Make a weapon,
Make a map, make lamina.
Heal.

*

A man alone.
No woman. None in line.

Online pin-up. (No kink.)
Pop-up.

Oil.

Wankwankwankwankwank
Whupwhupwhupwhupwhup
Whee! (Hooooooowl.)

A man alone.

*

I kneel
in Nanaimo;

Nanaimo,
In me.

*

Anon?
Mahalo.
Alleluia.
Amen.

Charles Perrone

A Pair of Authors And/Had Two Drinks

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about tails, trails, tales and goings
off the rails for no good reason that
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attempt to jump the turnstiles or
unleash an underbelly of so much

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the haze of Gray’s Anatomy
continues to hang
over the entire flat shelf
of tomes and their siblings,
of works about us, vessels,
global-point makers of art,
cartographies so diverse
that dartboards are nests
for martins purple flown
from down starting blocks,
tarts of sweet-and-sour
somethings to reward
each-and-every provenance,
a welcome wealth of lore
honoring gods, goods
and easy-going mates:
friends all, fates fallen free

Sonorous, Sonority, Sonorization
for Ricardo Aleixo, axé

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when a virile visitor inquired of the bearded bursar if he
would disburse or disperse the monies he clearly should
and an unusual observer could not resist asking further
if there had been any actual intent to cast aspersions
on Persians or Pakistanis or others in diaspora
all while she did indeed purse her lips and let slip
this precious pearl of unthinkable linguistic diversity
this purseful of onerous seniority organization
of countless lines and items


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