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12.20.16
Two Poems
Day calls or what passes for day here. I leave you
sleeping in this light that comes later each morning,
as if we were approaching winter, not the moon
we aim for [...]
12.13.16
Two Poems
Nothing like a view of the sea to remind you
there are multiple happinesses in any moment [...]
12.06.16
The Man Who Wore Death
There once was a man who wore high khaki pants and button-up shirts with the faintest blue stripes. [...]
11.29.16
How We Got into This
My house was the color of silence and dust. Bright things tried to come out in it but they were usually absorbed back into the carpet. [...]
09.27.16
Five Poems
One decoy waits
to be retrieved. One
craves the bite of
something bigger. [...]
09.13.16
You Should Have the Body
Two things: You can’t see it coming when you don’t know whether you’re coming or going. You have to see some things many times before you see it, and sometimes not even then. [...]
08.30.16
The Atheist in the Attic
“There they were, one headless, one with his hands hacked off, hanging like two mutton carcasses from a gibbet on the raised octagon of stones in front of the jail.” [...]
08.09.16
Seven Poems
Looks like sugar.
Let it enter. [...]
07.26.16
Too Much for Adele
All the letters she sends to Le Moucheron aren’t sent back, but neither are they answered. [...]
07.19.16
Two Stories
We, being Found People, know lostness when we see it. We feel it like a vibe running through the antennae of our bones. [...]
07.06.16
Everyone and Her Resemblances
She took charge of my imaginary presence

Which of the women is she?

She is the one who refuses to say [...]
06.28.16
Among
But Max didn’t sail back through a day and a night. He didn’t return across a tumbling sea. His dinner wasn’t still warm. None of that is true. [...]
06.14.16
Two Poems
What’s worse: uniformed children 
or betraying friends by writing 
about them? Bingo [...]
06.07.16
From Feral Girl
as damage crawls along floors
or breathes through baseboards [...]
05.31.16
Correspondence Messenger
To light, waiting for morning, between two things—her silent face, this rock, the ordinary meaning of sound. Blood, stone. [...]
05.24.16
To Waken as Field
unbaptized, undocumented
            stars watch us more intently in
                                   bright daylight when we cease
      to believe in them [...]
05.03.16
An Interview
My inability to recognize faces makes the desire to form a consistent image of a person quite connected to my intent focus on perceiving and memorizing the rhythm of someone’s speech, the intonations within their questions, the length of their sentences. I will recognize them later by their language. [...]
04.12.16
Seven Pieces
She painted clouds, he hunted amber. She counted eggs, he angled rainward. [...]
04.05.16
Four Marriages
We descend. We pass through the roof, inside the house, onto the scuffed hardwood floor, down a long dim hall, where we search out our subjects. [...]
03.29.16
Four Poems
The easiest job in America wouldn’t be easy enough for me. [...]
03.22.16
The Old Country
From the time I was ten, I knew I might have to incinerate my father. [...]
03.15.16
From Sexual Stealing
Beaujeu of horrors
scenes only human
deep bottom of base
trembling in grandeur [...]
03.08.16
Two Poems
To collapse means to crumble but also to compress
remnants into the remembrance of a whole
body, this person was. [...]
03.01.16
Two Poems
Blue eagle has learned
to look past
emerging green light
and the north wind’s rancor. [...]
02.23.16
Four Poems
I was blind as a stone
Blunt as a stone
I lay there—
     useful 
     as a nub of a thumb [...]
02.09.16
Two Poems
Through the palace where mirrors

                      Refract through water
                                                  What desire I know                      other than another’s

                                                                                           More conducting than my own

Through the Hall of Perfect Brightness. [...]
02.02.16
Love Song
Let’s go then, you and me … 3 … 
—this gauze collecting blood, the midday heat 
still in the concrete, a tetchy spider stop-
motioning its way along a table [...]
01.26.16
Three Poems
I have no subscription. I am not 
privy to facts. Libraries exist but for the perfumery, 
the water stain on each page, 
blurblack corsages.  [...]
01.19.16
The Beard of Human Weakness
Mr. Hamilton likes to close deals at Taco Brothers over peach-a-ritas, and he gets a deal on the peach-a-ritas because he hooked up the franchisee of this Taco Brothers with the empty lot next door for extra parking. When I call him, he’s pumped as hell.  [...]

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Vol. 78
Fear Itself
Spring 2022
Edited by Bradford Morrow

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September 28, 2022
When you were the size of a fist, a coyote dragged a three-year-old Angeleno out of the living room by the Peter Pan collar of her pale yellow shirt. She survived but was left with a sizable scar on her cheek. The scar resembled an American flag, pocks for stars and gouges for stripes. Her mother was on the news all the time, which led to the child signing a deal with an agency, and quite soon after that, the child and her scar started appearing on billboards as the new face of a California restaurant chain that sold bratwursts. Last month, for reasons unrelated, the little girl passed away. 
     The querent used to say we come back as either human or animal, that in the spirit world, there is no delineation.
     It’s nice to think the end isn’t the end. 
     Though I wouldn’t dare say that to the dead girl’s mother.
September 21, 2022
What we had done was trample on Johnson’s city, four sheets of paper, loosely placed side by side, with buildings growing in no particular visual perspective, some upwards, some in profile, some in three dimensions but others in blueprint, and this, we felt intuitively, was a triumph of Johnson’s city, or would-be city, it’s resistance to confinement, its ability to transcend.

And we sat with Johnson. We consoled. We patted Johnson on the back and said that we might rebuild it, that it could be rebuilt. That it could be better and that we could help.

We collected the roll of white butcher paper from its mount and unfurled it across the linoleum, gathered the colored pencils, the crayons and scented markers and watercolors and even the Sharpies we’d hidden in our cubbies. We collected scissors and Scotch tape, and began to connect the sheets of paper, for there would be no limit to what we could design.
September 14, 2022
Nocturne

Midnight at the pit of my irrelevance:
     a hair’s breadth away, I step closer to the mouth of it, no more afraid to
shake hands with my lacuna than a bird is of the air
     whistling in its bones. To stay possible as long as possible

had felt like enough now—a persistence of streaks
     in soft butter yellow shed from the clock tower onto the indigo-
freaked slate-to-black vagueness
     that indicates the river. The light lives
 
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