Poetry

On the Excarnations of the Gods

by on Oct 7, 2014 in Poetry | 0 comments

The rush of water pushes time, eating the shore and exposing it, tugging the bodies of stones back and forth across unmarked lines of life and death, time and tide. Sometimes they gasp in the air and sometimes lie under clear and peaceful blankets measured in fathoms measured in beats of hearts, of long arms akimbo finger pads and heels of hands striking the skin of the drum. This is why, when our bodies become flesh alone we open them to the sky, an offering to the ravening of birds. Let them strip us to our bones, baring to the sight of the gods of the air all our secrets, decades of mysteries both splendid and small, cancerous and threaded through our flesh just like...

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The Excavation of Troy

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Schliemann digs by day in the winds of Hisarlık, prospecting for myth with digammas and dynamite. His children’s names roll like the sea grounding black ships on burning shores, his wife with the hair of a saffron gatherer looks past the camera as if to Paris at the feast; year by thousand years, thirteen Troy towns give up their gold as one. The woman comes each night on the boat from Ithaki, steered by her husband with a soldier’s sea–mazed eyes. Her jewels are a handful of olives, sucked salt on the journey, a loom–brown woman, the lines of her mouth warp and weft. With wool–worn fingers, she ravels the earth of Ilion, amending all that picks and photographs may do —...

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Half Wives

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Like Schrödinger’s cat the half wives live in boxes with a loaded gun, neither living nor dead, until their box is opened and the cold and messy laws of probability take effect. That’s why I never open boxes. Sometimes I hear them breathing. Chris Lynch is a writer and teacher based in Brisbane, Australia. His poetry has appeared in The Stars Like Sand, Eye to the Telescope, and Star*Line, among others. At work on a book about walking Japan, he blogs haiku at www.chrislynch.com.au and tweets more than he should as...

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Synesthete

by on Sep 2, 2014 in Poetry | 1 comment

For Lily and her eyetongues Love is a hungry word Hollow, needful Lying thick on the tongue, and sharp With a coppery tang Not unlike blood Though its stain Far more difficult To wash away I spoke it only once After In the days when this juxtaposition These star–crossed wires Were new, novel A parlor trick to amuse my friends When I still had more than one More than you I’d healed from the accident A head–meet–pavement moment Back when black Was just a color And did not come with its own Sweet and sour scent Quite apart from licorice Or asphalt And there were no such things As helmet laws I was reading to my little sister Her favorite book, once mine Where the Wild...

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Ghosts of Oz

by on Sep 2, 2014 in Poetry | 0 comments

Oz was a dismal place in those days. Rule of witches is never a formula for happiness. Not evil witches, nor good witches, nor woods witches or all–knowing sorceresses. Too many witches, they say, spoil the potion. Always The spirits in Oz were angry then. Who can be a sane witch when listening to those whispering voices wail and moan about the loss of balance in the land? The Witch Wars unbalanced more than the land. People saw things no one should see, did things no one should do. We became things no one should see, or hear, or suffer to live, to coin a phrase. That was where the Tin Man came from really, The official story was a lie made up for him by one of the Good...

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Superman Bound

by on Sep 2, 2014 in Poetry | 0 comments

“He can run forever, can’t he?” That’s where it started. One question followed by a challenge, an appeal to Superman’s better nature. So they took him to the turbines, and put him to work. As God said, “Let there be light.” Light and refrigeration and cell phones, as he ran on and on. One day of perfect, clean energy carried on his sculpted shoulders. That was all it was supposed to be. It wasn’t enough. Now he runs alone — grinding the gold for Froði’s children. The rooms beyond him glow sickly green. Lois imprisoned for leaking state secrets. He doesn’t know he’s not the only one, as his legs blur, feet rising and falling. We fed our best to the singing wires, but no...

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