The Mouth of the Cave

by on Sep 23, 2016 in Poetry | 0 comments

A legendary trove slumbers under sandscape, tempting Muslim and zendik[1] alike: hopefuls brave distant vistas for Samsama[2], mythic symbol of battlefield heroism. Advancing upon mundane wilderness, a Bedouin urchin recites memorized cipher; magically prompting the cavernous rictus, he...

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by on Sep 16, 2016 in Poetry | 1 comment

i. Wings burst from my back when I was ten years old. It was genetic, passed down through my father’s heritage. Thick, dark feathers grew from my shoulder. My classmates pointed. My teacher told me I was mythology, said I needed a doctor. My brother called me Crow, asked me when...

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The Amenities of Heaven

by on Sep 9, 2016 in Poetry | 0 comments

The last people travel like the first. Everywhere we go mirrors the same desolation. There is no more food. The water that’s left is all brown Ever since mushroom clouds imploded it has been this way. We borrow shoes as we go. Our feet are covered with the socks of dead men. A heavy...

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The Labyrinth Keeper

by on Aug 29, 2016 in Poetry | 0 comments

I tend to this place like my father did, polish the marble at the outer walls, water plants and clean the painted facades of pots and vases, frescos and stone collages. I’ve never laid eyes on the lord in the middle, though a few times I’ve come close – heard dry breath forced from acrid...

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This Earth

by on Aug 22, 2016 in Poetry | 0 comments

Birch bark catches the sinking autumn light,the milky skin Of some imaginary virgin: mites, commensals, worms Swimming in papery husks and plated devils in tenements, Other trees burgeoning in the surgical angle of the street, In the swimming masses of her hair: this is her beauty. I...

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by on Aug 12, 2016 in Poetry | 0 comments

Resembling a migraine spreading over my visual field, Hubble pictured stars incubating in fiery tips Six trillion miles long into gaseous bulbs. They appeared as late-night peninsulas, contoured by neon glare in a nebula seven-thousand light-years away and as old. The ancient questions...

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