J. Michael Freiwald

J. Michael Freiwald

transparency we can’t recall the speciesonly the date, our nation’s birthday. we extended our legs overthe open veranda whilea ring of acquaintance smokedpassing the paraphernaliaon the grass below it started swooping, a speck.enlarging and blurring in the...
Dominic James

Dominic James

Annie in Montana The sun dips. Brooding pink the mountain ridge leaks blood on inky darkness. Red in miniature brake lights settle flesh on the mantle of a parking lot, snow fresh, spindrift floating warm beneath the fender where, intimately sheltered, flakes and...
Naomi Wood

Naomi Wood

Escape Your birth will be a catastrophic ripeningThe price to belong to yourself will be theAntiques handed down to you-The lullabies of late night callsAnd all the excuses you made in order not to risk it. The counterfeit papers for your escape stuffed in your...
Marion Panizzon

Marion Panizzon

Blue-eyed girl My attention span is as short as a post-covid intercourseMy longing impossibly spans over two chairs and I draw it out for as long as it takes to sum up the courage to caress her breast I put my hand right there to stroke her thinning hair I talk as...
Ian C Smith

Ian C Smith

Canal Compendium Driving to my canal walk I see a party of parked cars, a garage sale, holiday board games on my list.  A young couple moving to Queensland for work.  Spotting a demurely coquettish teapot plus the happenstance of a dollar five-games-in-one...
Kathryn de Leon

Kathryn de Leon

OLDEST MEMORY It’s as if I were born this moment. My creation: Early morning, first lightshines on my motherin the living room.She prepares our new houseas the house prepares me. No existence before, only nothingnesslike white noisereplaced by a sudden awarenessas if...