The World’s Sadness Roosts Inside Me
by Michael G. Smith

Febrile, it is a wraith pecking like a pair of doves, creaky as the lone Antarctic ice sheet, 3 P.M. sun slanted down dog-tired time. Steadfast, I trundle over the chipped concrete walk beneath a cottonwood’s yellow leaves held by the bright light. Smart children rush through the school gate. My smile says its echoes … Continue reading The World’s Sadness Roosts Inside Me
by Michael G. Smith

Ancient Fir, Climbing
by Michael G. Smith

Carabinered to a braided rope and dangling ten feet off the ground, things change, like suddenly there are too many questions about the physics of friction versus gravity, but the shy, awkward boy zips through space, waves from above the first fan branch eighty feet higher than ground. You have game you say, the only … Continue reading Ancient Fir, Climbing
by Michael G. Smith

Michael G. Smith

Michael G. Smith is a chemist. His poetry has been published in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Cider Press Review, Nimrod, the Santa Fe Literary Review, Sulphur River Literary Review, Superstition Review, other journals and anthologies. The Dark is Different in Reverse, a bonbon chapbook, was published by Bitterzoet Press (New Haven, CT) in 2013. No … Continue reading Michael G. Smith