The Archipelago Of Kisses, by Jeffrey McDaniel

We live in a modern society. Husbands and wives don’t grow on trees, like in the old days. So where does one find love? When you’re sixteen it’s easy, like being unleashed with a credit card in a department store of kisses. There’s the first kiss. The sloppy kiss. The peck. The sympathy kiss. The … Continue reading

American Wedding, by Joseph Millar

AMERICAN WEDDING The yarmulke hides the bald spot on my goyische skull as I watch my new son-in-law’s size 13 stomp down on the linen-swathed wineglass. My daughter looks radiant, no other word for it, gowned in white satin the color of light. We’re surrounded by Jews dressed in black like the sea, like the … Continue reading

Failing And Flying

Press-Play Poetry: ‘Failing And Flying’ : from NPR. A wonderful poem by Jack Gilbert on life, success, triumph, and the end of glory, before something else happens.

Reading Sappho in a Wine Bar

Today I promised you a poem entitled “Mowing the Lawn Out of Spite” in honor of your husband who would do any job poorly if it might twist your heart open to him. The wine glasses are lined up so perfectly. Hard to believe they might ever be broken, but each one will. Think of … Continue reading

Love Song: I and Thou, by Alan Dugan

Love Song: I and Thou BY ALAN DUGAN Nothing is plumb, level, or square: the studs are bowed, the joists are shaky by nature, no piece fits any other piece without a gap or pinch, and bent nails dance all over the surfacing like maggots. By Christ I am no carpenter. I built the roof … Continue reading

The Exchange

Ron Rash Between Wytheville, Virginia and the North Carolina line, he meets a wagon headed where he’s been, seated beside her parents a dark-eyed girl who grips the reins in her fist, no more than sixteen, he’s guess as they come closer and she doesn’t look away or blush but allows his eyes to hold … Continue reading