Sarah’s hair freezes in the winter wind as we walk down
the hill to the corner store forgetting blue strictures
that say you can’t buy alcohol on Sundays
before noon. See—
sometimes it’s not conscience that keeps us
from falling. Forgetfulness
and luck too have a share
in our salvation. This morning leaves us
high and dry. We kill half an hour, observe the icicles
hanging from the spire of St. Mary’s,
wander the neighborhood, past the alleyway
where, years ago, I knelt and prayed for God
to end me. My vomit wouldn’t freeze,
even though it was ten below. And I walked out
leaving that afterbirth of a new life
steaming on the pavement and thought I was finished
with all that forever. But we live on
the edge of a precipice, always one step away
from ourselves. Sarah’s pixie hair freezes
in December, still wet with showering. And when we return
home and sit with six packs by the fire,
it will steam.
About the Poet:
Matthew Landrum teaches Latin and literature in Ann Arbor. His poems have recently appeared in The Emerson Review and Cold Mountain Review.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Saturday, November 7, 2015
The peacock devours his plume absently
as the mermaid falters posture among sinking swells—
black lines that separate air from cloud from bird,
tree from leaf from root, tiny pictures painted black.
Hung in strict rows for me to chart your path,
I follow you foolishly to the sea.
Closer, I can feel the gloom’s yawning breath.
Closer and the dawn’s golden nod escapes the wire.
Compass misplaced and panic where sleep should be.
About the Poet:
Kristen Clanton is an adventurer, defenseless only to gravity and the subconscious. She graduated from the University of Nebraska, earning an MFA in poetry. Her poetry and short fiction have been published by Bicycle Review, The Birds We Piled Loosely, Burlesque Press, MadHat Drive-By Book Reviews, MadHat Lit, Midnight Circus, The Outrider Review, Ragazine, Quilt, and Sugar House Review. She has work forthcoming in The Mangrove Review and Otto Magazine. You can see to all that here: http://www.kristenclanton.com and contact her here: firstname.lastname@example.org