poetry

I Hold Ghosts in My Hands, by Catheryne Gagnon

the same way I hold wounded things,the bird with the clipped wing,the dazed moth,scalded in search of light—I run my hands on fraying walls,curled fingers like a handle to clasp;ghosts, I findare always feeling through the darkthey fold into embraces,all deadweight and dragging,like they’ve forgotten how to be held. Catheryne Gagnon lives in Tiohtià ke/Montreal …

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Driving in Lake County, Illinois, by Morgan L. Ventura

In fields corn is blooming, embers burning, gilded sea of spun glass. My father points out            the car windowto rattle off a folktale or maybe urban legend about haunted crops, vengeful farmers,            and our own relativeswho came over to find nothing after leaving nothing. The radio cuts out. The Midwest sits            between transmission zones,memory and …

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I’m Gonna be a Country Girl Again, by Kelly Rose Pflug-Back

Summer has comein waves of pollenand exhaust heart-cut rhinestonesin the eyesof velvet fawnshidden in the shadeof wood geraniumand mandrake snapping turtlewith her razor beakbroodingin the sandbox behind the houseyour father built. I remember her children emerging, palm-sized and ancientfrom torn leather shells and nests of garter snakes by the woodpileerupting into grassthat grazed our skinned …

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Gorgon. Chemotherapy. Party Time., by David Arroyo

After “Here I Am” by Martin Espada She slides into the Hammerstein Ballroom,             gorgon at a monster’s bash, styling and profiling.Brass hands like Isotoner gloves             clawed with brass tacks.The vamps vaping vixen necks             ease off, mad scientistsmathing at stray ears ease off, the organ             stops grinding the way faithdies in a Catholic church when the …

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