ISSUE 3 // POETRY

visual art by Courtney Kenny Porto, Steven J. Cabral, Ashley Parker Owens & Harry Wilson

 

 "Hiding" by Courtney Kenny Porto

"Hiding" by Courtney Kenny Porto

 

CAITS MEISSNER // PRISON GHAZAL

// WHAT IS REAL

// LEARNING TO ORGASM (WHEN THE WORLD IS DYING)

"I hang up my human robe and run / towards the horizon, but it runs, too / can one be reborn in darkness? / or must something be cut away."
-Learning to Orgasm (When the World is Dying)

 

REBECCA MACIJESKI // JUNE 28th

"How in the evening we discussed Kafka, / imagined that in our sleep we, too, / might grow a carapace"


JUAN MORALES // 
DOWNTOWN AMBATO, 3:14 a.m. 

"I turn in the bed every few minutes / and mangle my limbs in sheets / that scratch lullaby / out of my head."

 

PAUL MACKLIN // ORIGAMI SKYLINE

"Sunrise is an Arctic light- / the world stiffens / and salt and pepper snow / falls on our little papyrus / buildings."

 

ARIEL FRANCISCO // READING JAMES WRIGHT ON THE L TRAIN

"Everyone / scatters to the adjacent compartments, / lift scarves up to their noses as they exit. / The vomit stretches like an evening shadow"

 "You Are All I See" by Steven J. Cabral

"You Are All I See" by Steven J. Cabral


 "untitled" by Ashley Parker Owens

"untitled" by Ashley Parker Owens

 

JOSÉ ANGEL ARAGUZ // ZERO FLIRTS WITH NADA

"I am eyes, the shape of the sun, / what the moon yogas into"

 

LEAH GÓMEZ // FLOWER LANE, EL PASO

// MEAT

"She met Felipe in Juárez when the yellow buds / Of cacti bloom like sure lips before biting / Into the purple bodies of plums they plucked"- Flower Lane, El Paso

 

LAUREN PAGE // THE ORCHARD BETWEEN US

"branched around my thigh / her fingers drop citrus seeds—
grown in subtropical climates for their sweet fruit."

 

SARAH GRODZINSKI // METH

"remember how he tastes / in September, when his sinuses thicken / and the saliva in his mouth turns to syrup."


 

 

MARLYS WEST // STILL LIFE QUAIL LEG ON A WHITE PLATE

"if there is cake / our mother is wonderful and how could our father leave / when she is made of wax and chocolate"

 

 

SHYMALA DASON // DIRTY SHOES

"our mothers mourning in a circle / Over ragamuffin daughters, what to do? / Emigration."

 

 

AE HEE LEE // DOPPELGÄNGER

"She tells me she has found holy enlightenment / in pill bugs she has collected in the backyard; / she asks me politely for milk to dunk them in."

 

 "Lindsay at Breakfast, 1980s" by Harry Wilson

"Lindsay at Breakfast, 1980s" by Harry Wilson

 "Child, Mozambique, 1990" by Harry Wilson

"Child, Mozambique, 1990" by Harry Wilson


 "Let's Make Better Mistakes Tomorrow" by Steven J. Cabral

"Let's Make Better Mistakes Tomorrow" by Steven J. Cabral

 

HEATHER BOURBEAU // SEA HORSES (SYRIA)

// THE DRY CLEANER

"We learned the male sea horse / Carries the eggs,  / Protects the next generation— / Much like you carried our pain"- Sea Horses (Syria)

 

CAROL QUINN // SISU SESTINA

// WATER THIEF

"Even the marsh grass reaching up / like someone drowning is inevitable."- Water Theif


 

LINDA MARIA BAROS translated by
ADAM J. SORKIN & LIVIA ANDREI // from
L'AUTOROUTE A4 ET AUTRES POÈMES 

"Occasionally they stop at a motel / and leave the table with girls tangled in their beards / like crumbs of bread."- Entrechats with Six Battements 

 

 

 

 

 "Raw" by Courtney Kenny Porto

"Raw" by Courtney Kenny Porto