Ways of Mourning

Leonard Gontarek My father takes me out of school early. I’m 9. Mother is dead. He lets me drive. Leonard Gontarek is the author of St. Genevieve Watching Over Paris,Van Morrison Can’t Find His Feet, Zen For Beginners, and Déjà Vu Diner.His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Fence, Field, Pool, Volt, Verse, The… More

Heart Trouble

Howie Good 1 Pilots called them Flying Coffins. He scanned the dingy sky. The war had just started. Tourists listened in a daze to a cunning old woman who had outlived all her children. 2 His heart started going like an antiaircraft gun, a spy caught leaving coded messages. Dusk seemed to fall by 2… More

A Child's Sidewalk Topography

John Sandoval (…is the cup equal to the broth or is the broth forever poison to whatever pretends to contain it…) at twilight, the play of children is heard their voices soon to fade then to bed and dream, to scheme and construct the scratched logic of prayer in the dark of fingers by instinct… More

The Debris Field

Scott Hightower The figure standing and raising a sword between Babylon and the return to Jerusalem was St. Michael, protector of Abraham’s people; Justice; Michael, field commander of the army of “the one true God.” * In 1909, New York City commissioned Frederick MacMonnies, one of America’s most prominent sculptors, to design a fountain for… More

Noble Chart, A Radiance–1794

Scott Hightower (“Monsieur Lavoisier and his Wife,” Jacques-Louis David, 1788; The Metropolitan Museum of Art)   It is the morning of May 8th; Madame Lavoisier has just been orphaned. Within a few more minutes she, likewise, will be widowed; the guillotine, oddly taking the name of a man who did not invent it. May 8th,… More

Identity Redux

Scott Hightower (Paved Paradise, John Kelly, 2009) The first television program put into re-runs was “The Lone Ranger.” -a Snapple bottle top A frame. Two keyboards, a bass, a dulcimer, and five guitars set the stage for “Dagmar Onassis.” Kiss. Kiss. What? Has it been sixteen years? What does it matter that the roses upstage… More


Mark Vogel “The family of a man whose body was discovered in April in a closet at a Thunderbolt nursing home has retained an attorney in the matter.” Savannah Morning News, Monday, June 30, 2008. From the beginning, living in the Thunderbolt, they have asked for trouble. So how surprising is it that alzheimered Walter,… More