Love Story

Love Story

Love Story He orders a second drink. I argue with him until he promises he’ll sip it slow. At the bar I say, Let’s get some food in our stomachs. And when the bartender is busy he goes off—Hey scumbag, do your job. The show is starting. The lights go dark in the small...

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Ornaments

Ornaments

David Daniel’s Ornaments was just released from the Pitt Poetry Series and we asked him to make a Spotify playlist. David well knows a slide from a stride. For ten years he created and produced WAMFEST: The Words and Music Festival, bringing together poets...

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Strangers

Strangers

When I read a poem or story, hundreds of images and sounds flurry in my brain. Most of them are not intended by the author. She only wanted to write a poem. She only wanted to make a story. Her poem. Her story. The way Julianna Spallholz uses plot and control of the...

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Oysters

Oysters

Seamus Heaney Our shells clacked on the plates. My tongue was a filling estuary, My palate hung with starlight: As I tasted the salty Pleiades Orion dipped his foot into the water. Alive and violated, They lay on their bed of ice: Bivalves: the split bulb And...

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Plains Emerald by Scott King

Plains Emerald by Scott King

Plains Emerald Somatochlora ensigera             I've traveled a long way to meet you all of my many years, all the summers and summer storms, all the winters and icy roads. I'm the silent one who walks the skyline beside the Sand Hill River, the silent one in the...

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Lynn Domina: Year of Water

Lynn Domina: Year of Water

Much like Venice, half of Lynn Domina's hometown of Marquette, on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, consists of water--chiefly, Lake Superior, which is the largest body of freshwater in the world. First came French missionaries in the early 17th Century, then came the fur...

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