The Temple of Air
by Patricia Ann McNair
When I saw Mom sneak a pack of HiDeeHo
cupcakes out from the bottom of the pan cupboard and slip them in the pocket of
her sky blue bathrobe, naturally I thought they were for me. It was my birthday
after all, we were supposed to do that kind of thing for each other, right?
by Anne Tourney
That summer I was trying to decide whether to become a whore or a poet. I
knew I couldn't be both: vivid and sexual, quiet and solitary. Though I
didn't know exactly what whores did, besides wearing flashy dresses and
smoking and swearing, I believed I knew what poets did: they lived in
seclusion and wove their words in silence.
You Speak Good English
by Aaron Paulson
The real thing, Megook had already decided, was a stork, was a praying
mantis stretched out on a branch of a cherry tree. And it was the real thing Megook had come half-way around the world to
find. Not some shadow, not some second-rate imitation of the hamburger
vanilla milkshake world he’d left behind.
by Brendan Connell
Children circle math, worshipping her unalterable rules, her savage truth. For while parents lie in their puerile unreality, their wishfulness, mother math is puncture frank, telling you how in all likelihood you will not live more than one-hundred sixty-five thousand three-hundred and thirty-five days.
Tell Me About Africa
by Susannah Indigo
It seems to me that men and women deliver some extraordinary pain to each other as they desperately stumble toward passion and love. I've had three passions in my own life -- travel, writing, and Matthew. Matthew, who on day one of my love for him said he would take care of me always. He said it right after the mate in our third game of chess.
How Baseball Changed My Life
by Marcy Sheiner
Five years ago, if anyone had told me I'd be walking around in a baseball cap, cheering, booing and citing statistics, I'd have thought they were nuts.
Those Old Suntanners
by Tom Sheehan
You know, the old summer Class A's they saved from their promised long weekend leaves, those killers, those formidable young warriors,
those hot Omaha Beach swimmers with salt in their noses and in gun barrels and curing half the ills and evils they had ever known...
by William Dean
Kesey's kicked it at last / He's shuffled off the scuffed Levi's / and dowager boots / and joined the coots / up there where the past / is all coffee houses, divas, and lies
George Was My Beatle
by Samantha Capps Emerson
I am eleven years old and I can sign George Harrison's autograph so well it looks almost like the real thing.
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by Dave Gregg
Hartsburg has entered her death throes. The good
businessmen have fled, a great Arabic caravan of carpet dealers, jewelers,
appliance salesmen and clothing merchants. They have retreated to malls where
customers stroll through climate-controlled environs sheltered from such
nuisances as atmosphere.
In the Beginning There Was Theda
by Anthony Puccinelli
film's most famous scene, a jealous, abandoned lover
draws a pistol to shoot the vampire. Imperious and
unafraid, Theda commands: "Kiss me, my fool!" Unable
to shoot her and unable to live without her, he blows
his brains out.
of slow trains
Turning Green in Ecuador
by David Taylor
It was getting dark in the Andes and the conductor -- the only person in the
world who knew where we needed to get off -- was dozing in the stairwell of the
bus. The driver had no clue that my wife and I had to get off at the remote
village of Rio Verde. Lisa and I had no idea what Rio Verde looked like, we only
knew it was tiny and had a church.
Miracles of Art
by Robert Gibbons
Time allowed that red hat to be supplanted by the complexities involved in Vermeer's Woman Holding a Balance. How often she righted the course of my passionate advance which was often askew. How often A Lady Writing asked me why I was not writing.
Pictures That Became Words
by Tony Leather
Less than 20% of the people of England could even sign their names, in
Elizabethan times -- a period regarded as one of literature's golden periods --
yet before that, only the priestly castes, or the very powerful, received the
necessary education in reading and writing. Even today, there are 900 million
adults in the world who are illiterate.
The Fritz Chapel
by Brian Peters
There is a characteristic of that Great Faith I'm so miserably unable to
define, which I think applies here. Universally when I have seen it, persons
of Great Faith lead what might be called examined lives.
Timeless / Lover's Rock
by Jeff Beresford-Howe
Reviews of new music, including the Hank Williams tribute, Suzanne Vega, the Grateful Dead, and Sade's Lover's Rock
Entering the Monastery
by Judy Bunce
For me, it's a day off. I'm on kitchen crew for this three
month practice period, which is something that everyone who stays at
Tasssajara long-term has to do sooner or later. I'm sitting on my bed with
two kerosene lamps burning and my laptop running on its battery. What a
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by P.J. Nights
If the stars of Gemini hadn’t been invaded by Jupiter / perhaps that malarkey with the crocodiles / wouldn’t have left me here at the North Pole / crying into my over-the-top tequila shot.
A Kiss in Dreams
by Rebecca Lu Kiernan
I watch you sleep for the last time.You were to be my / stepdaughter, laughing angel, fragile pixie. I have been / planning my getaway for months, feeding and dressing / You, trying to detach myself.
Satori in the Fifth
by Michael K. Gause
The second drink / finds my tears diluted / with whiskey, the glass on the
by Lytton Bell
The dark man's bed is already on fire / by the time she runs to it / it has, by all accounts, spontaneously combusted
by John Eivaz
Jackson Pollock's Lucifer / hung in a girl's bedroom / until she left for college / and then was placed / in a common area of the house
The Best Two Things about Verlaine
by Robert Gibbons
Angels have begun to inhabit the larger bells / which seemed to have been abandoned, / & with that, a chorus of song rang out / orchestrating a regular Christmas / Babes in Toyland atmosphere / or wonderfully cacophonous Bruegel.
Long Distance Love
by Lawrence Schimel
As far as the poem is concerned / this is our sole sustenance / and if we remember brunching / it was only for the pleasure /
of feeding one another
rossellini shooting while the seamstress ceases copying life
by PJ Nights and John Eivaz
the director / speeds through crafty reality and ansia dell'esistenza / in an Alfa Romeo, each change of terminus / requires a change in muse
Who's the Ju-Ju Man?
by Pasquale Capocasa
Two drinks into the new bottle / I glanced up and into the bar / mirror to see a man standing / behind me, leaning heavily / on a slender, wooden pole. / Odd, I thought.
Girls Named After Flowers
by Itir Toksoz
You boys / sleeping next to girls / named after flowers! Wake up!
by Kathryn Rantala
We are hurtling / pressed and folded in two suitcases / We are hurrying / paying the intercity charge and buying wine
Route 1 Free Association
by Tony Gruenewald
You'd think you were Neal Cassady / if you only knew who he was / but you don't / so you also don't know / you're just settling /
for fancying yourself a / James Dean, who unlike Cassady / couldn't handle the speed.