Al Maginnes
Against Relapse

Al Maginnes - Against Relapse

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 »

Names for the Skies

John Walser

Like my mother can say Sweet Cicely, Doll’s Eyes
Sleepy Catchfly, Jack in the Pulpit
speaking in the pagan tongues of flowers.

What should I call the punch through blue
the honey pebbles of starting rain
the trajectory of crow caws
as they rush up dusk’s grey ramps?

What can capture the agate morning horizon steps
the geode flaws in its soft shoulder
the celluloid flush of pigeon wings taking off
the coulter till of root and rot?

In an acorn squash light, a lethargy of moths
what single word, what single phrase
what this or that
what Fireweed, what Quaker Ladies
what Wild Sweet William
marks the purl of lint clouds disintegrating overhead? Read more »