Brad Rose
A Girl Like You

Brad Rose - A Girl Like You

Poetry
Brad Rose was born and raised in southern California, and lives in Boston. His poetry and fiction have appeared at:… Read more »
Sally Rosen Kindred
At the Altar of My Fifth Year

Sally Rosen Kindred - At the Altar of My Fifth Year

Poetry
Sally Rosen Kindred’s first poetry collection is No Eden (Mayapple Press, 2011). Her chapbook, Darling Hands, Darling Tongue, is due… Read more »
Patrick Milian
Boy,

Patrick Milian - Boy,

Poetry
Patrick Milian lives in Seattle, Washington where he is pursuing an MFA in Poetry from the University of Washington. He… Read more »
Angie Macri
Carat, Cut, Color, Clarity

Angie Macri - Carat, Cut, Color, Clarity

Poetry
Angie Macri’s recent work appears in New Plains Review, Tar River Poetry, and 2River View, among other journals. An Arkansas… Read more »
Helen Degen Cohen
Midnight in Paris

Helen Degen Cohen - Midnight in Paris

Poetry
Helen Degen Cohen is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, First Prize in British… Read more »
Kristin Camitta Zimet
New Year's Trip

Kristin Camitta Zimet - New Year's Trip

Poetry
Kristin Camitta Zimet is the Editor of The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review and the author of the full length poetry… Read more »
Reginald Harris
Self-Portrait as My Father’s Son

Reginald Harris - Self-Portrait as My Father’s Son

Poetry
Winner of the 2012 Cave Canem / Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize for Autogeography, Reginald Harris is Poetry in The… Read more »
Brandel France de Bravo
The Chemistry of Distance

Brandel France de Bravo - The Chemistry of Distance

Poetry
Brandel France de Bravo’s poetry collection, Provenance, won the Washington Writers’ Publishing House prize in 2008. She is co-author of… Read more »
Joanna Pearson
The Moon Children

Joanna Pearson - The Moon Children

Poetry
Joanna Pearson’s first book of poetry, Oldest Mortal Myth, was chosen by Marilyn Nelson for the 2012 Donald Justice Poetry… Read more »
Amanda Leigh Rogers
The Safest Sex Is Absence

Amanda Leigh Rogers - The Safest Sex Is Absence

Poetry
Amanda Leigh Rogers lives in Abington, Pennsylvania with her husband and three sons and teaches at Bryn Athyn College. She… Read more »
Jen Hirt
Too Many Questions About Strawberries

Jen Hirt - Too Many Questions About Strawberries

Poetry
Jen Hirt’s memoir, Under Glass: The Girl With a Thousand Christmas Trees, won the Drake University Emerging Writer Award for… Read more »
Megan Grumbling
Vapors

Megan Grumbling - Vapors

Poetry
Megan Grumbling’s work has appeared in Poetry, The Iowa Review, Crazyhorse, The Southern Review, and other journals; and she has… Read more »
Linda Pastan
Weeping Cherry

Linda Pastan - Weeping Cherry

Poetry
Linda Pastan’s latest book is Traveling Light. She received the Ruth Lilly Prize in 2003, and was twice a finalist… Read more »

The Chemistry of Distance

Brandel France de Bravo

“Someone asked me—what’s the use of a balloon?
I replied—what’s the use of a newborn baby?”
—Benjamin Franklin

1.

The Polaroid, fossil within a fossil,
walk-on-the-moon wondrous, bygone
the way a hot air balloon will never be,
is of me: on my seventh birthday.

Nucleus in an atom of girls, face
upturned, I am beaming at party
balloons—translucent orbs of blue,
yellow, red, green—we’ve punched
and head-butted to the ceiling, forever
out of reach in the photo, our arms
permanently outstretched to catch.
How moving this square of stasis,
arbitrary reliquary that inspires
not devotion but revision, the power
to see again, through polychrome-tinted
latex glasses: crepe streamers, pony tails,
sugar rose dresses, smocking and tulle.

The instant in its corset glints black garnet
and jet, mourning jewelry in a velvet box.

2.

In 1783 two brothers put a cloud
in a paper bag, and a… Read more »