wake up in a dreary nuclear afterworld / another murder / another drug bust
You climbed to the top of the white pine in the / neighbor’s yard, raised your arms as if you were / Icarus without wax on your wings.
by Joan Prusky GlassI am drawing a diagram for my students / explaining that earth orbits the sun
The rain that ruined my cardboard / house has moved away, so I walk / a 3:00 a.m. street with no signs, / no traffic except for the wind, / stray dogs, alley cats, and clouds / of gnats.
Have you googled all the mysteries, Karen? / This isn’t a Pacific Theatre. / Watch the choreography of victim blood / splattered cold against the moon.
by Kate NezelekThis is the skeleton / of a different poem. / This is the fallen, breaking / ourselves over / like the wooden sticks / we once worried into crosses / so long ago.
Whatever it is, I want / to write the perfect poem. / On some moon-bitten night / I want it to escape my psyche / and impress the woman in the red / dress so she’ll pronounce it / a perfect poem, more perfect / than a tuxedo.
by Johnson CheuAlways, they’ve held the threat / of falling, as in off a cliff, / or less dire, a bed. / Death or an awakening awaits.
by Mehrnoosh TorbatnejadFor the girls above or below / five foot something / For the legs so long / they tangle when we saunter / through corridors
All daddies resemble Superman / until their hands throttle / a woman’s neck.
I’ve hesitated to view porn flicks, name a dog Beverly, or chew lobster without uttering a prayer.
And she could sing like birds: like nightingale, like whippoorwill, like western meadowlark, her voice so pure, like dawn-light, like twilight, like golden vegas, streams of light, golden fingers from the clouds.
Poems are hardly written on the first try just as they are hardly understood with one read. This part is paramount; there is a responsibility on behalf of the poet and reader to do the work.
by Rachel AdamsThere in the night, alert, an image of the melancholic love / that I had left up north spread in my mind / like ice into the corners of a windowpane.