How blood-stained & beautiful in one breath you are, announced by your advance guard the things with feathers, squeaking, squawking some call it song I say cacophony in b flat dear sugary spring with your stupid bonnets & boutonnieres I could use a wintry drink on the rocks to crush your mash-up of rapture regret enchantment delusion oh you are so overrated my beloved, neon costumed, shaking down the heart bursting it with long-stemmed short-lived dreams how little they know you, the lovers on the splintered bench gazing at your big-haired blooms while you dance in daylight saving time leafy, clotted color-gorged, sun lashed trees loaded branches like shotguns buds taking aim.
Gladys Justin Carr is the coauthor of Edge by Edge (Toadlily Press, 2007), which includes her chapbook Augustine’s Brain—The Remix. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work is featured in The Best of Toadlily Press (2011) and has appeared in over 80 publications, including The New York Times, Ninth Letter, Spoon River Poetry Review, North Atlantic Review, Potomac Review, and International Poetry Review.
A moving shadow within the braided canyons of a city pulls my head up and there, high above moves a multitude of birds, one living purpose, wave upon wave, in dark, tattered banners the wind blows away beyond the sheer walls of concrete and glass below the sky’s brilliant river, the vertigo of movement in air beneath water, and I stagger as though I am standing still as a train pulls away from its station, picks up speed —the profound sound of its passing— my sense of where I am slipping as I struggle to set myself right.
Stephen Longfellow lives in North Adams, Massachusetts, where he keeps busy renovating an old post-and-beam saltbox. His first collection, Disappearing Act, was released by FutureCycle Press in 2014.
Features selections from upcoming issue 7.1, which includes an interview with Carlo Matos and an excerpt from Lisa Ahn’s short story, “Slick.”
Features part two of this two-part special celebrating what it means to be Midwest: “Finding Place in the Placelessness.” Editors Justin Hamm (Museum of Americana) and Christina Olson (Midwestern Gothic) talk about the under-appreciated, rich culture and beauty that is thriving in the Midwest. This show was done in collaboration with the museum of americana as part of their Midwest-themed issue.
Finding Place in the Placelessness: Chad Simpson and Monica Berlin talk with assistant editor John McCarthy about the under-appreciated rich culture and beauty that is thriving in the Midwest in part one of this two-part special celebrating what it means to be Midwestern. This show was done in collaboration with the museum of americana as part of their Midwest-themed issue.
Features writers Jacob Saenz, Erika Sanchez, and Celeste Mendoza sitting down with Quiddity’s Amy Sayre Baptista in part two of a a two-part discussion of Latin@ poetics regarding to their place outside of The Academy. The episode also features an original reading from each poet.