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Special Feature — Word Poems
Poems containing the words suture, obnoxious, carton, and testament.
Includes a special invitation for the next issue.
I know this of horse-toothed women:
they are very often not
Someday soon it will be illegal
to die. We're coughing now. And it's not funny,
but it is. Our hero. Our man in white.
Clay D. Matthews
How to Survive on a Distant Planet
I don't know what I'd do without him,
or what life was like before the crash,
before he walked out of the tall grass
Thomas D. Reynolds
But no one sees that sly lean, no one shouts
your name; my sin-drunk cronies in the lane
are busy slurping, lidless, from the spout.
In the early evening I can see the sea is dusty
The moon is a changing
voice that talks in scarves, yet the ancient shop
only deals in elastics.
Someone Always Objects to the Personal
My mother taught me chapter and verse
about virginity; how it is a lure that a woman
uses to entrap a man
Silvia A. Brandon Pérez
Gandhiji, Me and My Blues
You know I'm Muhammad Jallaluddin Akbar,
Grand Moghul in my dreams that travel
at the speed of light.
Lenny Bruce is Dead
the only way for us to see the end
of the night is when it is parallel
to the beginning of a day
I go back
to the prologue, the woman
stepping into the water
I have seen planets crack
like eggshells and—God forgive me—
heard my mother groaning like a whore.
Sometimes in the middle of a dream I'll hear
a Cajun tune I can't remember when I'm awake.
Makes me wonder what else I've forgotten, who sang.
One wrong step and she would be headlong, the banister flying by her like a reprimand. "Be careful," her mother always admonishes. "Careful." And she is.
Before we were born,
Our fathers compelled
our mothers to wriggle
like insatiable worms on passion's hook.