Washer Women

Jules Gibbs My mothers were famous unknowns who lived in cellars where walls wept ceaselessly in the language of water. Blue ironing board, dangling cord, clench of clothes pins with nothing to hold. A reservoir, my maternal line pools in a porous foundation — wells up, amniotic. The only way through is a sacral path… More

Alice James, Untitled

Brian Hardie Agnostic fears believe faith is a Love not able to be torn from. The innocent Houses lined in the park deceive the Scripts written by a Homeless sensation. From coast to coast, To the avenues of sorrow, mistaken foods are sold on Circumstance, tattooing the sensitive Voices on the opposing spectrum. Abrasive pigtails… More

Parakeet

Ashok Niyogi kingfisher dives for fish when the tiger is coming the monkeys know from treetops oh so many greens on this ochre mountain such glorious parakeet pea-hen sit camouflaging peacock eggs jackal husband and jackal wife walk over rounded stone mellowed by river for a few moments someone weeps loudly in yellowed grassland interrupting… More

Post Office on the Ridge

Ashok Niyogi tigers saunter in for Western Union from their non-resident children oak forests have walked away and left behind a two-blade ceiling fan a hundred years ago here Corbett shot a man-eating leopard in the kitchen garden the ‘India Post’ cottage on the ridge has an artist postmaster with gerbera and carnation in his… More

There's No Money In Poetry, Someone Said

Howie Good True, but wouldn’t you rather jerk awake to the beating of invisible wings and later, if the light is right, watch a river scratch itself until it bled? And as to the example of those who keep their feet firmly on the ground, like a telephone pole, or a feeding trough, or a… More

Axiom

Megan Jones It takes many figures to make a daughter. Following the lines, shadowing the forms drifting from center, braincomb cycling through the seasons, sharp caesarean scissoring black digits, sharp numbers dancing toward a hole no larger than an eye a hole that listens like I wanted you to listen to the song in the… More

Doubleblind

Megan Jones “They who have put out the peoples’ eyes reproach them of their blindness.” – John Milton Hanging between the mystery & tender fury we are seeking our truth and finding our void Floating one breath away from the broken code our chosen vocabulary is whittling reality down to politics and separation Now there… More

Spring, Delayed

Howie Good Birdsong alarm don’t cry I can feel broken idols change trains upturned hands forfeit fire uncle decay still trying shhh tree sleep Howie Good is a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He is the author of seven poetry collections, including Tomorrowland (2008) from Achilles Chapbooks in… More

Ferris Wheel

Ben Nardolilli Late for work, think this week, We’ll hang out at Richmond airport, No one else can like to take me, I am a fan of the end of revisions, The low sky is satisfactory, No need to apologize over the limited, Finding the place to take me, I need this evening to kick… More

The Secret Policemen's Ball

Howie Good Ever since logic fell into disuse, I wake up every morning in the same room but a different city, the buildings a bright blur, like something out of a secret policeman’s florid conception of heaven, a place where millions anxiously spy on each other from between their fingers and all you can hear… More