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by Ulrike Almut Sandig

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  beneath you the earth, always turning. above you the silhouette of trees against the steep arc of the sun. the sky is splayed wide open a moon turning in time. behind you the soundless peaks of stone covered with … Continue reading

Looking Back by Nancy Naomi Carlson

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That blessing of salt— chlorine and sodium ions bound like bodies in love.   A desert I held in my hands.   Once I sprinkled salt on a magpie’s tail to keep it from flying, but fooled by its mournful, … Continue reading

Cutting the Light by Nancy Naomi Carlson

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School counselor’s log   She cuts so she can bleed. She says pain is only skin-deep. Razor blades cut open the light.   Sometimes it’s an offending thigh, Or wrist, though she doesn’t want to die. She cuts so she … Continue reading

To Melancholia, Mon Amour by Nancy Naomi Carlson

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Because I want to leave you something beautiful, I will dye these sheaves of silk blood red. You’ll see them billow and rise between pairs of stage hands— Handel’s Israel in Egypt— parting the sea as easy as stripping a … Continue reading

Juno’s Garden by Nancy Naomi Carlson

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Jupiter spades the earth and sows the sky while I tend thistle, mountain laurel, sage, and a tumbleweed fire—hearthless, undying.   Nothing lasts for long above the tree line— not even omens, clouded and shifting shapes. Jupiter spades the earth … Continue reading

Ask Anyone by Nancy Naomi Carlson

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Ask anyone who’s ever lived alone How houses seem to shift when winter comes. It’s hard to settle in against the cold.   Minor sounds grow amplified: groans From sinking eaves, surfaces that rub. Anyone who’s lived alone knows   … Continue reading

Landscape with Figure in Blue by Nancy Naomi Carlson

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Too early for full light, yet the wrens have been calling an hour now, mate to mate, while within walls subdued in pale golds  as in a painting by Hopper, a neighbor’s hands calm her cat on the window sill.   … Continue reading

Because I love you by Allison Grayhurst

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like the humpback does its song, I grow by caring for you and your unfair burden. A golden daughter, bells in your hair and a richness in your eyes. I have all fortune at my door and my only wish … Continue reading

End of reason by Allison Grayhurst

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I hear the echo of instability slide through the corridors like a plague that just missed. I hear the song and flip like a flock of tiny birds, upside down, bellies flat against the sky. I feel soiled by layers … Continue reading

Son of no one by Allison Grayhurst

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There never was a moment for you when freedom could have ripped your destiny in two – where choice not chance could have uncornered your existence. Because you took every risk – collapsing in the shadows, coveting the Egyptian Buddha. … Continue reading

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