Issue 4.2: Michael Brokos

Your Sister’s Children Always Disappear by Cathy Ulrich
“Your sister’s children are always disappearing when she closes her eyes….”

The Moons of Jupiter by Tara Isabel Zambrano
“When Ramirez starts moving inside me, I know I’ll be blind…”

Carnival of Death by Dale M. Brumfield
“Public opinion was slow to protest against the imbruting effect of public executions…”

Flame Test by Rochelle Harris
“For the longest time, I thought it was about the marble or the coolness of the water…”

Finding Roots by Kristan Uhlenbrock
“Settling into a window seat, I tuck the begonia cutting into the edge of my handbag…”

Conveyance by Michael Brokos
“Bas-relief your hand on a lamp pole in rain mine tracing the bus schedule…”

Stealing Clay From The Crayola Factory by Grant Clauser
“Bushkill Creek churned past the old plant where my Aunt …”

Reading Hamlet by Kathryn Hunt
“When the others were asleep she sometimes
in the silence…”

Water Children by Kathryn Hunt
“That awful thunk and suddenly the arrival of
the minus hour…”

Processing by Anna Kelley
“Kate didn’t say whether she was there for the gunshot…”

Cataloochee by Kelly Lenox
“In the woods back of Caldwell House, I rest on a mossy root…”


Bas-relief           your hand on a lamp pole in rain             mine
tracing the bus schedule                          shelter awning
hemorrhaging water                   sunshine finished now
crashing down on the river                          southwest hills
filling with fog
                                           I’m going to shrink away
in this afterthought of light                                   faint glare
through the pane                         shards of your voice
perfuming the sewers                             neglect of shit
routed beneath these stuck-together streets

                                                         Somewhere in my head
I’m heaven-ward           out on a boat in the
embrace of the Mediterranean         I’m dipping my oars
deep into the rush        people admire my technique
& you’re not so pretty             but pulling up in front of us

is this release                           fulfilled figuration of my body
losing yours                         distrust smashed up against the last
and next occasion           of the sun showing me its face
dragging up & levelling a gaudy              glass-eyed gaze
to drain the paste of this
                                                     city I am leaving

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