Indulge in poems by Kelly Cressio-Moeller, Devon Miller-Duggan, Alice B. Fogel, Mary Moore, Tim Miller, Kelly Lenox, Kathryn Merwin, Simon Anton Niño Diego Baena, Katie Riley, Gail DiMaggio, Diana Gordon, Suzanne Langlois, Eve Linn, Elizabeth Paul, and Avery M. Guess. New book reviews of A Provisional Map of the Lost Continent, by Gregory Mahrer (reviewed by Gwynn O’Gara) and Illusion of an Overwhelm by Jon Amen, (reviewed by Erica Goss).
When the light broke
upon your crown of crow’s feathers,
you didn’t believe in silence or sound. Your dime-round-eyes
widened with your chest,
the way a hot air balloon sucks in the sky,
until your heart was the size of Washington, and just as full
of rain. You waited for your father,
for the man who wore the continents, who would only stop sailing
when the moon tossed a coin. We filled balloons
with bits of us, with a dark curved warning,
she could be a weapon. Set them on the wind to find someone
who breathed like we did: a gale force in your chest,
sirocco in my ribcage. You bombed out your bedroom
and found your way back to that paper-sword salesman
and your queen of spades. You have your own son now,
and he could not count the wasted coins tossed into you
on both his hands.
Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 19, Issue 3.
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