“Animals are in Communion” and other poems by Polly Roberts

“Animals are in Communion” and other poems by Polly Roberts

Animals are in Communion   I came home to find him doing nothing. Limp armed. Could do nothing. Sat on the sofa lost to the world. I have some bad news   I’ve been seeing ghosts. Birds on water.   The day before I received the news, two swans flew low over my head. Their [...]

Poems written in Dublin by Sarah Chen

Poems written in Dublin by Sarah Chen

The Defamiliarizing Effects of Walking Around as a Passerby in Dublin City The defamiliarizing effects of walking around as a passerby in Dublin city a camera in hand and a greater inclination to look up are sweeping and various. You suspend dizzy with secrets – knowledge of red bricks and grass blades spoon-songs echoing from [...]

“The House of Childhood” and other poems by Ute Carson

The House of Childhood We return to the place where we first heard voices, smelled the air and tasted nourishment, where hands caressed or frightened us, where comfort was our cocoon or neglect made us shiver. The tears of harm are cold, the tears of joy warm as a lagoon. We carry the house of [...]

“Birth Mother” and Other Poems by Srilata Krishnan

“Birth Mother” and Other Poems by Srilata Krishnan

Birth Mother We are standing in front of the mirror, my daughter and I, brushing our hair and being vain when I think of the doctor’s question: “What was her birth cry like?” I don’t know and never will. She is fine, or will be, I know. But looking in the mirror and into her [...]

“English Breakfast Love Song” and other poems by Rhiannon Grant

“English Breakfast Love Song” and other poems by Rhiannon Grant

English Breakfast Love Song   I am longing to pour out my soul to you in words which show my creativity and let off my head of steam but my soul is not so liquid it comes out in funny lumps uneven like old-fashioned sugar ready to make sure your tea is always too sweet [...]