- You and I and the World
“Place the scale on the kitchen table / and let reality weigh itself. / Put your coat on. / Turn the light off in the hallway. / Close the door.” | by Werner Aspenström
- Death Notice
by Dairena Ní Chinnéide: An islander died today /a word in the language died
by Marvin Bell: I am more than a camel. I am a mountain.
- In the Brief Time We Have Left
by Chard deNiord: Let the ant live that’s crossing the table.
- [a woman loves to see her man with his]
by M.A. Vizsolyi: a woman loves to see her man with his / dick out walk into the room & relax
- The Chase
by Richard Frost: Death is a knight, a worm, an old whore, / a sallow gentleman, a clown, a doctor,
- The Bear
by William Heyen: Was alone, was carrying her bear with her.
by Marin Sorescu: Shakespeare created the world in seven days.
- A Nineteenth-Century Portrait
When Mister Robert Scarlett, master
of Cambridge and Druckett plantations, stood
for his portrait, the good man made a point
of having his personal slave-boy, Oliver,
beside him, waist high, holding his game bag,
with which he’d ride to hunt wild hog
and occasional runaways. At his other side
his favorite dog. How well the boy’s
dark visage serves design,
matching the dark of ...
- The Mosquito
Maybe it is excessive
to memorialize the mosquito.
But even the mosquito holds,
by the sip of my blood, a stake in the history of anxiety.
Translated from the German by Monika Zobel