M.K. Foster
September Requiem: In Which Sköll Swallows the Sun

M.K. Foster - September Requiem: In Which Sköll Swallows the Sun

Poetry
M.K. Foster’s poetry won the 2013 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, has been recognized with an Academy of American Poets Prize,… Read more »
Sean Prentiss
All the Varieties of Hunger

Sean Prentiss - All the Varieties of Hunger

Fiction
Sean Prentiss is the author of the memoir, Finding Abbey: a Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave.… Read more »
Virginia Konchan
Christina’s Field

Virginia Konchan - Christina’s Field

Poetry
Virginia Konchan is the author of Vox Populi (Finishing Line Press) and the short story collection Anatomical Gift (forthcoming, Noctuary… Read more »
Douglas Smith and Jen Town
Composed in the Form of Falling

Douglas Smith and Jen Town - Composed in the Form of Falling

Poetry
Douglas Smith was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His first book is Judgments. His work can be read in… Read more »
Amy Collini
Definitions

Amy Collini - Definitions

Creative Nonfiction
Amy Collini’s essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Slice, Indiana Review, Soundings Review, Pithead Chapel, Rappahannock Review, Ilanot Review,… Read more »
Jill McDonough
Enchantment

Jill McDonough - Enchantment

Poetry
Jill McDonough’s books of poems include Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), and Where You Live (Salt, 2012). The recipient of three… Read more »
Karen Skolfield
End of Evolution

Karen Skolfield - End of Evolution

Poetry
Karen Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry and the First… Read more »
Matt Broaddus
Home

Matt Broaddus - Home

Poetry
Matt Broaddus is currently a first year PhD student in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.… Read more »
Tally Brennan
How We Live

Tally Brennan - How We Live

Fiction
Tally Brennan is a recovered computer programmer, happy to have emerged from the cubicle as a writer of fiction. Her… Read more »
Rachel Jamison Webster
Relating to Time

Rachel Jamison Webster - Relating to Time

Creative Nonfiction
Rachel Jamison Webster is a Professor of Poetry at Northwestern University and author of the full-length collections of poetry, September… Read more »
Lynn Gordon
Staying Up All Night

Lynn Gordon - Staying Up All Night

Fiction
Lynn Gordon’s fiction has appeared in Epiphany, The Southampton Review, Hobart, Zone 3, South Dakota Review, and elsewhere. She lives… Read more »
Sam Katz
The Prisoners

Sam Katz - The Prisoners

Fiction
Sam Katz was born in Korea and now lives in Philadelphia. His fiction has appeared in The Good Men Project,… Read more »
Caroline Bruckner
The Song of a Dog

Caroline Bruckner - The Song of a Dog

Fiction
Caroline Bruckner is a writer and screenwriter based in Vienna, Austria. Her short film The Confession won the Student Academy… Read more »
David Hornibrook
Theology

David Hornibrook - Theology

Poetry
David Hornibrook is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and the Michael R. Gutterman award from the University of Michigan.… Read more »
David Wagoner
Used Doors and Windows For Sale

David Wagoner - Used Doors and Windows For Sale

Poetry
David Wagoner has published 20 books of poems, most recently, After the Point of No Return (Copper Canyon Press, 2012).… Read more »

Composed in the Form of Falling

Douglas Smith and Jen Town

Here is the farmer, turning and turning in the fields near the sea. Here is his empty house on the cliff, and the birds calling at night. Once the farmer believed in a separate god, a god who contained the sea with doors, but now he walks, without company, under a solitude of stars. To swim in those white waves, he thinks, but he is no diver descending through air. He is a farmer of dry earth, and the blessing of water is away.

She sleeps each night in her boat on the sea, and rows toward a distant cliff each day. Once a man said Dawn to her there, night a distance to travel. A bottle might contain her words, she dreams, and those words might be a field after rain, or the surface of flesh over bone, or a tongue. When she wakes at dawn, she presses her empty hands together, remembering.

Somewhere upon the sea, the farmer believes, a small boat rides. Look closer, for in that boat the body of a woman turns, alone, muttering into a bottle from the chamber of sleep.

Rowing in light, she imagines insects… Read more »