“A Bracelet of Bright Hair about the Bone”

The Romans put skulls into their love poems. Skeletons and dry bones along with love. As if violet was only beautiful against something black. We also talked of death, I perhaps more than you. It made me happy, to think of the newly dead body being lowered into the coffin of the other. You foundContinue reading ““A Bracelet of Bright Hair about the Bone””

a year in reading

true, i no longer have a bookstore. but—there’s nothing to say i can’t write a 2017 roundup anyway! here are some books & one-offs i have loved this year each book is linked to indiebound to purchase in yr city no indies near you? many of them ship! or there’s always yr local library ❤Continue reading “a year in reading”

review: STOMACHS by luna miguel (tr. luis silva)

This review was originally published at Ploughshares on 7.14.17 Let’s romanticize purple. Let’s use it when something is so maudlin that it becomes gaudy, to describe a thing that contains copious amounts of weltschmerz. Let’s have this consensus: purple is not the way you (should) want your work to be described. But there are times forContinue reading “review: STOMACHS by luna miguel (tr. luis silva)”

review: AN ARRANGEMENT OF SKIN by anna journey

Sometimes being a poet means something inside you snaps, but not like a balloon too close to the ceiling. It bends and begs and burrows, and you, flailing like a sad firefly, break all the things you’re not supposed to break, trying to find it. You start with the things that keep you sane, andContinue reading “review: AN ARRANGEMENT OF SKIN by anna journey”

4/2/17, JMN

This poem was originally published at bloof books on 4/2/17 i was ready to sit any porch any overstuffed couch damp with rain headlights in the mist like a patterning of mold in my own life i wrote my outfits on the calendar like a protection spell the days went by like Mikasa plates plusContinue reading “4/2/17, JMN”