issue 5 // poetry

 

 

 

ALANA DE HINOJOSA // HOW TO SPEAK

"i imagine a crane glowing in the night / wading through the river

that separates me / from the country of my mother / & taking

flight" - How to Speak

 

 

KEVERLEE BURCHETT // THE WOMEN

// DARK MATTER

"Construe / a straightjacket, a beautiful damn quilt / of socks.

Through the eye of a needle sew / a habit no one can trust."    

- The Women

 

DOROTHY CHAN // ODE TO PSYCHICS, HOOKERS, SHARK BONE AND FREE ICED TEA

// MY FATHER IS THE SON OF A CONCUBINE

"And with this word, concubine, / I think of my father, born to a

concubine—/ not a royal one, more like a second wife / to a

grandfather I’ve only met once." - My Father is the Son of a

Concubine

 

KATHRYN SMITH // DO YOU WANT TO SEE MORE?

// REHEARSAL FOR THE APOCALYPSE

// A PERMEABLE MEMBRANE IN THE MUTABLE COSMOS

"Tell me again of the lepers who learn / to shed their disastrous

skin / by eating the meat of vipers: something / transmutable in

the flesh." - A Permeable Membrane in the Mutable Cosmos

 

 

 

SUNNYLYNN THIBODEAUX // HELLO, IT'S ME

"How long will it take your eyes / to fix on my flaws? / your ears / to

fix on the poem / Will you be in awe of the dragonfly / heartbroken

by the sound of war?" - Hello, It's Me

 

 

ALESSANDRA NARVÁEZ-VARELA // THE COSMIC MILLIMETER

"eyes so green, a face so round, they had / to be tasted / by a man

who hugged so hard her hymen / broke, who said without / music:

'pull your pants down, Chilean princesita" - The Cosmic


Millimeter

 

CAROLYN GUINZIO // FIVE POEMS: OZARK CROWS

"The breath of your phantom ancestors / is hovering in the

atmosphere / it will come to rest in the grass" - The Frost

 

 

EMMA BOLDEN // BECAUSE I COULD NEITHER FORGET NOR FORGIVE

// I FOUND MYSELF ON THE EDGE

"I forgave my abuser & I could not / forgive myself for forgiving

her. In every / state I traveled, carrying feather & fortress" -

Because I Could Neither Forget Nor Forgive

 

   

ADRIANNE KALFOPOULOU // POEM IN PIECES, A LOG

"You gather what’s made you / otherwise, / more than the words you

keep / losing – / lizards, sea shawl, impossible / You will be changed

anyway" - Poems in Pieces, a log

 

 

SARAH WETZEL // MY RELIGION IS THAT I LOVE YOU

// MYTH STARRING MARIA CALLAS

"What was water before we called it river? / How much of it must

she drink / not to drown? To keep safe, / what song must she sing?"

- Myth Starring Maria Callas

 

 

MATT SCHUMACHER // SPIDERS I HAVE KNOWN

// UNWELCOME

"The fast and frightened kind likely to bite, perhaps horrified by my

foaming, shampooed head in the basement shower, when my mind

saw it strike the moment my eyes closed." - Spiders I Have Known