“Ecliptic” and other poems by Karen O’Connor

“Ecliptic” and other poems by Karen O’Connor

Red He said my chi was unbalanced Suggested I wear a red linen shawl Around my waist – to keep my liver warm Yoda of the herb world Laughed at my expression Admitted it sounded odd But red always means heat, he explained So I wore it, next to my kidneys Like the scarlet woman [...]

“Pair Bond” and other poems by Barbara Smith

Gwion’s Birthday   Today I bought your birthday presents: what you wanted and what I wanted for you: new clothes and an Xbox game. Back across the stretch of thirteen years I reach for the time you nearly didn’t make it past your first: listless, sleeping on the sofa, an infection deep within your bronchioles, [...]