Thursday, July 28, 2011

NEW! Poem by Kyle Booten

Kyle Booten


You've heard about the order of the waves,

established many years ago by boys

and girls disguised as boys.  Wholly artless,

they plied the crests barehanded.

You've heard about their hands, but have not touched

or been touched, else you too would be clean

and constant, governed by the distant sun

or its viceroy umbrellas.  In their shade

you saw many people alive with sugar.

Every person is made of water; so

every person is, or could be, a radio,

a rudimentary song harvester

with no search-dial, bleating random tunes

or static.  I trust you've heard of static,

that place where songs surge and overlap.

Half-graveyard, half-battleground,

it grows more crowded every summer.

Songs have to go somewhere, after all.

They can't seek asylum in the future.

You've heard about the future, or even

leaned against it once, unawares,

mistaking it for a chain-link fence.

Monday, July 25, 2011

NEW! 2 poems by Sara Femenella

Sara Femenella


The second moon inflated like a lung,
naïve, organic, a quickstep’s heathered
horizon, peals of astral-ardor sung
above the noir, numinous she weathered

that storm, thank you. So arresting and how
it hurt when it hurt. The gathering gale
of father, redshift Tuesday on the prowl.
An off-key, minor diatonic scale,

a daughter’s parlor trick, she lay muttered
bone-cold in a watery tableau, bloom
affliction mulled and wooly, kill shuttered
away in two blue chambers, fears flood and flume

the ruins. The gamine’s keen and boozy urge
limns motherless aesthete, autumnal dirge.


Born an arctic circle of cautious
physics, it’s a closed system of calcified
brides and orphans, chitinous and whistling
northern lights. It is Oedipal, sanctified,
a black wing slick with membrane.
If a palacial city, handsomely baroque,
dressed in snow, twinkling with carriages
and holiday parties, then it is the waltz,
the stroke of midnight, the glittering
champagne. Love doesn’t have
to be real. It’s the actual abstraction
of call and response, the soloist’s standing ovation,
the flowers at the door. If every biography’s
unsung accolade and greatest mythology
glows amber in a coal dark,
wreathed in ideology, then it is the proverb,
a disciple to Petrarch’s descent, the Laura,
kneeling in a curved prayer.
What gratitude that every confession,
every hunger, every mistake
from this one small thing, and that you can hold it,
organic, opaque, cool and weighty in the palm
of your hand.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

reading period closes next week

VERSE remains open to submissions until next Friday, July 15.