The Agents

The Agents

            Agent 5 is a sleeper agent.       By that I mean he’s a Russian citizen.       Or a citizen of the country I will       make his home in the book.       Agents 6 and 7 are his closest colleagues.       Sleepers, too, but 6 can speak Spanish.       He’s one...
Two Poems

Two Poems

                                         Mason Bee   Mason bees, who belong to the genus Osmia, do not live in colonies but solitarily. Some subspecies have unusual habits, such as lining their nest cavities with flower petals.            Like a religious          you...
Red and Yellow Kill a Fellow

Red and Yellow Kill a Fellow

              The Clambake Refugees are running through the sprinklers of high summer. They’re careful not to dance on the crates of burning well wishers, careful not to get too close to the bird skull mill. They want to save God from the disaster of their thoughts,...
On Fasting

On Fasting

        mud’s tapered thrust            of gasoline:  of       piston:        is taken from:         a painting         inside       the cave the chest makes, only         older than that:       applewood:  to ashes:         slakes a spectrum                   through...
Afterword

Afterword

        The maple limb severed       by a December storm       still blossoms in May       where it lies on the ground,       its red tassels a message       from the other side,       like a letter arriving       after its writer has died.     JEFFREY HARRISON is the...
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