Poem

With the Versailles Treaty of 1919 the Danish-German border is the only one that is saved   Some countries like Poland, e.g. change their size and form and placement under cover of night   It is POles with headscarves it … Continued

Manners

Black oak chain-sawed into smaller logs, milled to board, sanded smooth in the barn, then doweled and fit with precision. Grandma’s buffet holds good china, stained glass in the doors, one pane cracked: to fix it would mean taking everything … Continued

Although

lobster is a delicacy to lobster, and possessed of the ability to drop and grow back claws, lobster is not known to feed off of itself. The temptations of self-sufficiency are great, but not great enough, nor is it the … Continued

Sociable ||| Alaska Quarterly Review

Translated from Norwegian by Robert Hedin and Dag T. Straumsvåg He got this disease, a small disease, but it was all he had. His parents were dead, his friends gone. At first he was reserved. Then he noticed the disease had … Continued

Breathing Under Water

Florida’s just a thumb on a jigsaw puzzle, but under water the Weeki Watchee Mermaids pour their tea, cook, exercise, iron clothes, guzzle with muscular skill their Grapette soda, with only occasional surreptitious sucks on an air hose hidden in … Continued

Neon

The gas is a furnace of life a sizzling assembly line of wings and hair-like legs I must have been put together like that in a sudden burning string of letters ### Karina Borowicz has work in Bellevue Literary Review, American … Continued

Lessons in Humility

Because I’m washed up, a fraction of myself. So miniscule I’m sure someone threw me a garden party & snipped off the heads of my guests—those droopy perennial know-it-alls. The world’s so tired, it melts down at the core. God, … Continued

We May All be Killed ||| from B O D Y

“I suppose it starts to happen first in the suburbs…people starting to come apart.” —Shirley Jackson, ‘Pillar of Salt’   Kirk house is still empty I see, poor front border guzzled by furze and lions. did you know them? sure, … Continued

Vall de Núria

The white rose. The celestial silence. The lake of light. The bed-like inner thigh Of empyrean buttermilk and gold, Call it what you will, it wakes me tonight. Heaven reheavens. And the mind’s prelude To the touch of your lips … Continued

As Jesus

From here I can see your house. From here the pussy willow snaps. From here a levee breaks. Leeward of the cross my mother’s eating dirt. Joseph pulls her hand away. I’m not allowed to say Daddy yet. I play … Continued

The Drawer Marked Meats

A bedtime story about Bluebeard all the wives on meat hooks then wake up and the house is dark. Fear is a gift from mother — the way she grabbed our collar bones, said: get inside. We had the house … Continued

Greeting ||| from Transom

  Why hello, spaceship of light. Hello glowing orb resplendent. Hello sound marrowed through a soothsayer’s moon. What does that even mean? Hello cynicism. Hello click of cicada wings against the fenders. Hello face hung between us during lovemaking. In … Continued

Replicas

Stripped of definition, our street succumbs to snow, pedestrians Succumb to snow angels, temporary trenches in the gradual kingdom. At this time more than any other I find it necessary, despite any And all information spread before me, to misquote … Continued

Near sonnet for my hometown

A boy in a fireman’s coat, first chair French horn, Kurt Cobain handwriting, his back to the teacher, fingernails painted black. Dark hair a crown of curls, his eyes a pair of light-colored M&Ms. On the stair between class, we … Continued