Strict Diet

Strict Diet by J. Crews Though the doctors said no salt, salt was all my father craved. His body bloated, skin water-logged and gray, still he wanted potato chips, honey-baked ham, greasy slabs of Polish sausage from Piekutowski’s. He begged for pepperoni pizza, garlic butter, ribs slathered in sauce. But when I did the shopping, […]

Here & Then There

Here & Then There by Noah Gordon From a built-in radio came the call: “Please do not feed the sand-pipers or the grazing mares. Their bluffs are well-stocked and maintained by professionals.” I reached for her hand and we descended into the deep meadow. Gulls from Lisbon had all but claimed this area for their […]

11:11

11:11 by Frank Scarangello She visits at 11:11 sometimes a.m. mostly p A sudden haunting urges me to look at a clock which must be digital. Dropping by for just a moment only at 11:11 the time, our private denouement I look around and know she’s here. I’m standing in an empty room aware that […]

Berberian Sinfonia/ Sliced-and-Diced from Aphasia to [Inflectional Hints of] Eternity

Algeria: Most Serious Threat of All? by Cocteau …les premieres elisions du jour nous furent telles que defaillances du language. –Chronique, St.-John Perse   She perfumed her breasts with rosewater. As certain. As certain as if the narrative of moonlight was bourne through great whirlwinds, from more than half the distance of an entire meteor […]

HURT HAWK

HURT HAWK by Robinson Jeffers The broken pillar of the wing jags from the clotted shoulder, The wing trails like a banner in defeat, No more to use the sky forever but live with famine And pain a few days: cat nor coyote Will shorten the week of waiting for death, there is game without […]