Wednesday, February 15, 2012

WORDS THAT by J. A. Lee


APOSTROPHE

The possessive form of the pronoun it is not written with an apostrophe. The contraction it's (for it is or it has) is written in the form of a contract to replace something with nothing, a tooth mark on memory. The apostrophe itself is often misplaced because it indicates possession: You can't find your glasses, the word you want, the house you grew up in.

A digression, or turning away in discourse, leads you from one room to another in search of the apostrophe. You speak directly to it, employing an improbable pronoun, and find that the degree of its absence is proportional to its power of accumulation, which is infinite. But the apostrophe remains defenseless against ownership, and so is consumed by the word in which it occurs.

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Words That

by J. A. Lee

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Monday, July 4, 2011

BELL-LLOC by Chris Piuma

Ella

{illa}

If Nadia is an island,
and she totally is (if you
saw her swimming, which she hardly
ever does, because the last time
she went swimming, after a few
laps, she had stomach cramps for weeks,
it was
not worth it, she is not
going to do that again (though

if pressed, if cajoled by a group
of friends at some beautiful lake,
remote, uncrowded, not too cold,
and assuming it wasn’t, like,
skinny-dipping, not that her friends
would go skinny-dipping, or, well,
not most of them, and they would know
better than to try to get her

to participate in those sorts
of hijinks (though if it’s
hijinks,
then what’s a
hijink?), not that she
has anything against hijinks
or hijinkery, it’s just not
for her, just like swimming isn’t
for her, and her friends (and if she
hasn’t thought much about her friends

for the past few days, it’s because
she’s on another continent,
having many wild adventures,
some of which involve oranges,
and some of which involve the moon,
but not all of them, not at all
(and if you must know, she has been
thinking about her friends back home,

and not just thinking about them
thinking about her and all her
adventures, how when she got home
they would get to hear her retell
(or relate, or maybe retract)
everything she had been up to,
and how she would start with that night
with the moon and the oranges

and, you know, build up from there, and
how much they would enjoy her tale,
or at least enjoy her telling,
and if she included the bits
about her thinking about them
instead of having adventures,
or tried to explain how thinking
about the moon and oranges

was more her sort of adventure,
then that would make for a sucky
adventure, that would be less than
epic, that would be a waste of
all that travel, all that escape)
and anyway, she’ll figure out
a proper adventure to have
soon), they know not-for-her–for-her

from not-for-her–not-for-her (
jink:
“to dance about wildly”: so then,
not-for-her–for-her) and so then
they probably could convince her)
then you’d see the resemblance as
she floated upon the water)
then what, she wonders, does it take
to become a peninsula.

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bell-lloc

by Chris Piuma

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

MARROWING by Maryrose Larkin



Breath and effort
my face turned blue

the opposite of chaos
the action itself

rigor or comfort or
my joy ascending
greater than

how he comes
apart explained and

I'm not breathing

time puncture
whole joy amok

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marrowing
by Maryrose Larkin

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

POROUS, NOMADIC by Chris Daniels


Dedicatory

when we're dead and gone
then may our children's
children's children
--however long--
translate our ash

that we reside at last
where once technocrats
weave baskets and all
master the changes

on harmonica, the family of viols
and the categorical imperative
of cleaning our own toilets
however long it takes

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porous, nomadic
by Chris Daniels

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

ONLOOKING by Sam Lohmann


A lake, a park, a lot, a day,
a darkling wallow I mean rush:
---
a lot of days I park mean.
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You wrote "pine moon," I wrote "pork moon."
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The sun's no-color won't set, won't
sign: You must stain your life.

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Onlooking
by Sam Lohmann

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COMMONLY by David Abel

How to acquire a character that will excite into maintenance an illicit proposal for swimming?

Across the chief attributes, exercise and maneuver in psychology free from technicality--

actually choose an existence in which marriage is a boomerang and psychiatry a magical technique.

Adapt clothes to horrific expense and maybe a questionnaire will fail to illuminate the tendency

for forgotten lovers to adequately inform the committee of the experiment meant (it must be quipped) to "relieve tension"

(an embarrassing admission). They compare the experience of minutes to the diffraction between a realtor and themselves,

ignoring the adolescent competition and settling for no explanation. Missile received, therefore

tarry not to advertise your complement. A facsimile of your mortgage will recommend a thorough

affect. Be completely familiar with the replica of the mountain (destroyed); the rehearsal went off without a thought.

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Commonly
by David Abel

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