Archive for Other

  1. DEATH VALLEY • by Colin Will 3 Comments

      The heat’s a physical assault, an affront to your face, your breath. The plants – mesquite, paperflower, creosote bush – have shut down for the day. Light still floods in, but stomata are closed; no gases enter or leave. And you? Your skin has not worked this hard before; sweat glands fire a constant […]

    Other

  2. A FAINT DISTURBANCE • by Colin Will 1 Comment

      I feel I’m falling. Am I still on the path? I can’t make sense of what my eyes tell me. Vision seems to shimmer, reality flickers. I stagger to the fence, something to lean on, time to catch breath, slow the heart down. Then tunnel vision disperses, spreads out, and I know again where […]

    Other

  3. BREATHLESS • by Bill West 1 Comment

    On a lonesome breathless day when the wind veered northeast I smelt sea spray and in an opalescent sky saw a continent of cloud purple and brown as if a chunk of the sargasso sea had fronded the blue stirred by the Gulf Stream. And for a short while I floated on a cloud of […]

    Other

  4. RESOLUTIONS • by Bill West 1 Comment

    I built a room behind my bookcase, walls thick with sigils and spells. Locked with a key, found on page three, of the grimoire Picatrix. Oh the power, the thrill, master of atoms and ages, rabid with glee I scoured heaven and hell, circumscribed infinity. I know better now. I built a little greenhouse, open […]

    Other

  5. LAST DAY OF SCHOOL • by Jay Tadauz 1 Comment

    My window glowed, revealing itself, Then igniting as night gave to daybreak.   I woke in the arms of curtain cast light, To ringing cups and mom’s coffee machine.   Off to our last day, where all that we learned Was finally brushed aside in tumbling chalk clouds.   Then, amid the crowed summer sidewalks, […]

    Other

  6. CASEY G. • by F. Pierce Skinner 1 Comment

    I had just gotten used to falling asleep to the sound of flies popping at the end of a bamboo torch   when my Spirit ran into Seamus Petterson in line at Publix eleven hundred miles from my body. “she’s in jail,” he said, “she was sleeping in the woods” he said, or something close […]

    Other

  7. THE CHITTERING MAZE • by F. Pierce Skinner No Comments

    we put down the wilderness like a suffering animal   and I guess I will find time to ache for the         spaces between things as I froth with love for the gleaming-oxidizing fullness that has replaced them.   make this world and all things over again   notify The Lord that […]

    Other

  8. SCAR TISSUE • by Lorraine Rees 4 Comments

      You opened the door and put one foot onto the bright morning pavement and turned back to say what I knew and know was almost impossible for you to ask.  The weight of the words must have pressed the breath out of you; you looked so thin, flattened by the sober sun.  Love would […]

    Other

  9. AN INDIAN IMMIGRANT’S PENANCE • by Parth Pandya 6 Comments

    I am not your average Totem-pole carving, Feathered head-dress wearing, Hogan dwelling, rug making, Ululating, reservation-living, Warped tongue speaking, Indian   No, I am not that Indian But, yes, I am an Indian I am not that cliché I am but another   I am Columbus’s failure I am his vessel gone adrift I am […]

    Other

  10. DAD • by Carl “Papa” Palmer 1 Comment

    He always seemed to be the same age, same weight, same clothes, same voice, same everything at 40, 50, 60 and 70, however when I see him at 80, he is old.   His same blue suit that always fit so fine swaddles a smaller frame as he shuffles down the airport ramp beside Mom, […]

    Other

« Previous Entries