Genre: Poetry

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Issue 4 | Summer 2020 |

    My twelve-year-old marches in from the backyard, holds a fist-sized rock with a tiny, telltale, red-paint smudge. How could you? she asks. I’d scrubbed away its prior life as a kindergarten paperweight in a Marie Kondo-purge-the-clutter moment, and placed it with a rocky family in a shaded corner of the garden. But when …

Before the Occasion of Your Death

Issue 4 | Summer 2020 |

    The scent of your deodorant mixed with the steam from the shower. How you build a fire, getting it to catch the first time. The lasagna you make, that requires three hours of simmering on the stove, perfuming the house with a rich tomato smell. How you fold your t-shirts with precision but …

Female

Issue 4 | Summer 2020 |

                  for May Ziade*   My book collection has outgrown my shelves, and I think that is as it should be, and now my daughter’s has done the same. She is five. She makes the sound of a new word, then turns with a smile because she has pieced it together right. It is …

The Separated Angel

Issue 4 | Summer 2020 |

    There may not be a cloud in the sky, but you substitute sweat, rivulets down your face, over your shoulders, flung in all directions. Plain grey shirt whips as you dance in the middle of I-10, call the gods of Newman Peak to open the sky, flood the desert, bring eternal lovers together …

Segment of Morning

Issue 4 | Summer 2020 |

    The knotty beams of the sky crack, and let the rain in: slowly at first, then the asphalt blackens, the hiss and patter of beaded curtains, drawn gently closed, that separate this one little spot from the rest of the morning. Distant lives that you cannot see are as close to you as …