Reverse

Reverse

  The man walks backward into a lamplit studio where like him the woman is crying. They scream in each other’s faces until the tears recede back into their eyes, turning them from red to white. The two hold each other, grateful for this cure. They undress...
In Handfuls

In Handfuls

No good can come of this. There is only oxygen in my palm, where cracked lines undulate and follow the salty tunnels of years—faucet drips, mouthfuls of testimonials. Earth is collected in a toddler’s plastic cup, clumps of grass and stock-piles of sticks, like curios...
Groundspeed

Groundspeed

  A falling plane as vessel. As Valkyrie— The espresso shots tremble, darkening; the ounces chatter on the tray as the unceilinged twin- engine roar scourges the ear of the drive-thru worker who only made out double tall. Out the window, the plane jerks...
The Tillinghast Machine

The Tillinghast Machine

1909 Lights appear in the sky Say, it’s that machine Isn’t it? Tillinghast Machine It all begins December With Mr. Wallace E. Tillinghast Vice-President Sure Seal Manufacturing Company Worcester, Massachusetts Curled mustache Dark hair smooth And slicked back Shiny...
Two Poems

Two Poems

FINDING A NEW RELIGION In blue light, they take everything off, pleats and plaid fall to the floor, windows open to the cold of night, his hands warm as Sunday, aching from the miles of minutes between them, a communion of the body, grace they need from each other....
Fire Ants

Fire Ants

Solinopsis Invicta   1. A Speck finds its mate in a thin cirrus of other specks four hundred feet above the earth.   Afterwards, the female tears off her wings.   Kick a mound and specks startle in all directions like handfuls of tiny lights.   2....