The Shallows

by John Sibley Williams

Sea split open
throat to groin,
urchins and five
limbed stars
spilling out. Continue reading

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Salt & Mangoes

by Dana De Greff

I was at home and lonely,
both in good measure.
-Denise Levertov, from “Caedmon”

Tina wandered all the way
from Big Corn, a tiny island,
actually, funny how small,
small enough to fit
in your ear. And the woman
(call her Sadie), wandered
all the way from Miami, Continue reading

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Light, It Pierces Us

by Kevin Dyer

Hoar-frost across the fence,
board by board, caving in at odd angles–
barely holding,
nailed there,
warped by nature.

Winter light fell
with a three-quarter moon frothing
behind a thinned-out cloud bank–
innocuous at first– Continue reading

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Apprentice to the American Beaver (Castor canadensis)

by Alessandra Simmons

“A beaver resembles a cucumber with a short stem, or a duck with the neck & head cut off, or a ball of yarn, flattened a little.” -Adriaen van der Donck, 1645

It is said the castor
is a kettle, a hatchet,
a loaf of bread.
Enchanted Christians
with fish-tasting tails,
I am your punishment
for knowing too much. Continue reading

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One Stanza of a Poem Followed by Daydreaming

by J.R. Solonche

I sit at my desk under the window
reading the poems of Su Tung-p’o.
You play Schumann at the piano.
Emily runs up & down the hall. Continue reading

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