Jollity

Her laughter escalated into muted hysteria, lasting a second too long, like an unfortunate accident, a gasp, an inhalation with throat muscles constricting, breasts heaving, shoulders shaking. A moment of mirth escaped unawares, triggered by happenstance, initially apologized for, then later subtly savored.   by Gary Glauber Gary Glauber is a poet, fiction writer, teacher,…

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Daniele Walker

Getting to know you   How do you feel about thunderstorms? I realize I have no idea how you’d answer. My cheeks burn; the thunder cracks; it must be a sign. I miss a lover I don’t know and the thunder is judging me.   Have you ever tried to write a poem and the…

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Birds

flibbertigibbets on pulpits, lucid with bliss,   gold, crimson and chartreuse, a tricky weave in thatched looms,   chirps tuned to dulcet grace, coy as they syncopate,   fragile as a drizzle of satyrids, murmur of aria, whirl   and frond.   fantasia of mince, lilt-borne chimes, troupe   of felicity,   young as breeze,…

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when I close my eyes

when I close my eyes, my bones quiver like I’m the girl I was last summer, waking up eighteen on the banks of the river, four inches deep in little boys that press themselves flush into the creases of my barefoot callouses   it’s there: honeysuckle, rationed single drop by single drop, nectar touched so…

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The Printing Press

i want to build you castles of words, letters looping into stairs & banisters –   standing up billboards of breath in a sleepless city lit by commas &   question marks. i want to sprinkle consonants into your dreams & i want you to wake up with poetry   under your tongue. i’ll soften…

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Lana Bella

Like The Blue Like Infinity   From you, the wings of a seraphim grow. Like the blue. Like infinity. You tore the currents from the shore, you belted the sky against its flesh and held back the threat of rain. But there was a recent time when you fell through the thick of clouds and…

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