Sound No 2

There are things I want to show you, like the empty pause that encircles desire. Or how Klimt knew that a woman bends her neck that far for a kiss only if she really wants it. I want to show you how quiet it gets when you’re in the company of someone who no longer loves you.

Vibration Desks

Inside its surround
folded in, I’m a fold
of it, I’ve never left atmospheric
borders I engorge to the point of
enfolded

By Erin Robinsong • "Vibration Desks" is taken from the book Rag Cosmology, published by BookThug • Read our review • Posted Filed in Poem of the Month

No Justice No Peace

Again.
Another bloody body 
another child dying while

doing the unthinkable
eating food, going home,
eyes meeting impatient suspicion.

By Blossom Thom • "No Justice No Peace" is taken from the book #Hashtagrelief, published by Gaspereau Press • Read our review • Posted Filed in Poem of the Month

Gastronaut

I would cut off my own thumb for the perfect thimbleful
of wood-ear mushroom and bamboo shoot soup.

My paychecks all go to heirloom parsnips and pickled lamb tongues.
I dream of singed pigs’ feet, pearly cartilage and crisp skin.

By Catriona Wright • "Gastronaut" is taken from the book Table Manners, published by Signal Poetry • Read our review • Posted Filed in Poem of the Month

The Bicycle Thief

If I could go back to my birthplace,    Lanciano,
wander all day up and down the corso,
stop by the cathedral built on the ruins
of a Roman prison and pray,
                                             if I could

By Mary di Michele • "The Bicycle Thief" is taken from the book Bicycle Thieves, published by ECW Press • Read our review • Posted Filed in Poem of the Month

The Tundra at last

The Tundra at last
Resound my heart
Your music, the river
Your light, the stars
Your carpet, the lichen’s tender green

By Joséphine Bacon • "The Tundra at last" is taken from the book A Tea in the Tundra / Nipishapui Nete Mushuat, published by BookLand Press • Read our review • Posted Filed in Poem of the Month

Spacetime

We Twitter, Tinder, Tumblr through eternity. Loquacious text messages flit from fingertips, waves of data spill through our skulls. Every cm2 of oxygen overflowing with bank PINs, girls in yoga pants, the frequencies of whale cries. Digital clouds brim with selfies and rain videos on how to cook coconut shrimp. Sepia filtered photographs prowl for […]

By Yusuf Saadi • "Spacetime" is taken from the book Sonnets on a Night Without Love, published by Vallum • Read our review • Posted Filed in Poem of the Month

Tabagie Arsenault, 1920–1972

Arsenault’s Tobacco Magazines Novelties is closing: everyone has locked arms and is dancing. The Arsenaults have given away flags, trinkets, greeting cards from the ’40s. Everyone dances so that the floor shakes like the floor of a boat while musicians huddle in a corner, hardly noticing the audience, and young men shouldering film cameras as […]

By Marc Plourde • "Tabagie Arsenault, 1920–1972" is taken from the book Borrowed Days, published by Comorant Books • Read our review • Posted Filed in Poem of the Month

Like Noise of the Pouring River

Like   noise   of the   pouring   river the mind  lets  go,   throws  spray like   water’s   pulse   and hurl. What’s   true   for    the    waterfall is true  for  the water  before  its fall, at the brink recalls and recoils,  spins  and  rolls  forward into  that  fall.   It  never  runs  out, never   loses   the weight of  its being,  the […]

By Edward Carson • "Like Noise of the Pouring River" is taken from the book Knots, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press • Read our review • Posted Filed in Poem of the Month

Then and Now

Forty-eight and finally, I learn how to start living if that’s what it’s called. I mean, spring clean, bras cup-side up in the drawer, Japanese fantail dress detail, only some excess, and five-inch Louis Vuitton ‘Kimono’ heels. Coffee at an East Village bodega on Christmas day. December sun on walk-ups While we sat in that […]

By Nyla Matuk • "Then and Now" is taken from the book Stranger, published by Signal Editions • Read our review • Posted Filed in Poem of the Month