Poetry

Socks

My father’s body has ceased to shock me

When Fire Arrives

It’s all wrong, today’s sun, / a welt in the fire-smoke sky.

Ash

The river has its own concerns. It loves / the human form the way fury / loves a stone.

REASONS FOR ADMISSION (NOT INDEXED IN ICD-10)

The need to catch up on sleep. An ache to sleep on clean sheets. The prospect of waking up dry.

Off The Page: Never the Less

Saleem Hue Penny reads his prize-wining poem, “Never the Less” from BLR Issue 40.

To See How the Snow Blanketed the Trees

To see how the snow blanketed the trees / along Taughannock Creek Road, I turned off / Route 96 this morning.

Eye Examined

In the darkened room, vision dims. /
The doctor leans close, looks eye to eye; / his light invades my pupil’s rim.

Epileptic

Within the body—
a ghost

Yellowthroat

Some of y’all pray to God/
I pray to the yellow warblers/
and their frail whistling