Category:Words

Five Poems

Brenda Miller

Stake as in burned at for heresy or misunderstanding— martyrdom or taken in error, mistaken for witch or saint, flames a punishment or cleansing, depending on where you stand. Flint or flesh, kindling or heartwood (the heart is the last…

A Comic’s Relief

Chloe Southern

“Do you have any idea how much weed I smoke with your mom?” The room breaks into laughter. Will basks in his punchline, soaking up the spotlight. He saunters across the stage smiling, his eyes down, as if his next…

“Marking Time” and Other Poems

Karen Klein

Marking Time I. Words for wanting contain ‘L’: lonely garrulous old. To make the sound your tongue touches the top of your palette leaving a little space beneath for moisture to pool like the still pools of water in hollow…

4 New Poems

Charles Simic, Former U.S. Poet Laureate

Black Cat The hush of a summer morning Bathed in the light of sunrise Drew me to the open window And the astounding beauty Of every flower and tree in my yard, Never did I suspect fraud, Till I happen…

Excerpts from “Alva and the Beast”

L.S. McKee

These poems are excerpted from a series in progress currently titled “Alva and the Beast.” This project, through its central character Alva, explores tropes of passion, longing, loss, and mortality through the lens of nature and technology—and how these two…