Al Maginnes
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Poetry
Al Maginnes’s most recent books are Ghost Alphabet (White Pine Press, 2008), winner of the 2007 White Pine Poetry Prize,… Read more »
Paul Hostovsky
Clutch Steal

Paul Hostovsky - Clutch Steal

Poetry
Paul Hostovsky is the author of 3 books of poetry, Bending the Notes, Dear Truth, and A Little in Love… Read more »
Ned Balbo
Dark Horse

Ned Balbo - Dark Horse

Poetry
Ned Balbo received the 2010 Donald Justice Prize, selected by A.E. Stallings, for The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other… Read more »
Dorianne Laux
Letters in a Box

Dorianne Laux - Letters in a Box

Poetry
Dorianne Laux’s most recent collections are The Book of Men and Facts about the Moon. A finalist for the National… Read more »
John Walser
Names for the Skies

John Walser - Names for the Skies

Poetry
John Walser, a founding member of the Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective, is currently working on a full-length manuscript,… Read more »
Todd Kaneko
Reading Comprehension 12: The Crane Wife

Todd Kaneko - Reading Comprehension 12: The Crane Wife

Poetry
W. Todd Kaneko lives and writes in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His stories and poems can be seen in Puerto Del… Read more »
David Dodd Lee
Replacement Parts and the Soul

David Dodd Lee - Replacement Parts and the Soul

Poetry
David Dodd Lee has published six previous full-length books of poems, including Orphan, Indiana (Akron, 2010), The Nervous Filaments (Four… Read more »
Tim Kahl
Um Real

Tim Kahl - Um Real

Poetry
Tim Kahl [http://www.timkahl.com] is the author of Possessing Yourself (Word Tech, 2009) and The Century of Travel (Word Tech, 2012).… Read more »
Edgar Silex
Vision

Edgar Silex - Vision

Poetry
Edgar Gabriel Silex is the author of two poetry collections from Curbstone. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment… Read more »
Angela Narciso Torres
Waiting for My Father at the University Hospital Lab

Angela Narciso Torres - Waiting for My Father at the University Hospital Lab

Poetry
Angela Narciso Torres was born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila. Her poems are available or forthcoming in Cimarron Review,… Read more »

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Al Maginnes

Drunk at ten in the morning, said
the man at the table behind us,
as though it was something unusual,
as though he had never swayed
at the starting gate of an aching new day,
seeing only chalky gray flat
before him, his blood too weighted
to move and tasting the need
to light it up or shut it down.
It’s clear he never thought it was
a good idea to dance in the office
of his ex-wife’s lawyer or to sing
“Blue Moon of Kentucky” on a bus
filled with people going to work
and busy with cell phones, briefcases
and coffee cups. He has forgotten
he could have been me or anyone
thirsty and confused enough
to need the day’s possibilities reduced
to one. Some afternoons I play
hide and seek with my daughter
in an old graveyard or inside
the labyrinth of a used book store,
hoping she will find as I have
a love for quiet places. But I don’tRead more »