The End Of The World By Archibald MacLeish

The End Of The World By Archibald MacLeish Quite unexpectedly as Vasserot The armless ambidextrian was lighting A match between his great and second toe And Ralph the Lion was engaged in biting The neck of Madame Sossman while the drum Pointed, and Teeny was about to cough In waltz-time swinging Jocko by the thumb — […]

The Second Coming By W.B. Yeats

The Second Coming By W.B. Yeats Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are […]

To Live In The Zombie Apocalypse By Burlee Vang

To Live In The Zombie Apocalypse By Burlee Vang The moon will shine for God knows how long. As if it still matters. As if someone is trying to recall a dream. Believe the brain is a cage of light & rage. When it shuts off, something else switches on. There’s no better reason than now […]

Morning In The Burned House By Margaret Atwood

Morning In The Burned House By Margaret Atwood In the burned house I am eating breakfast. You understand: there is no house, there is no breakfast, yet here I am. The spoon which was melted scrapes against the bowl which was melted also. No one else is around. Where have they gone to, brother and […]

Richard Wilbur By Advice To A Prophet

Richard Wilbur By Advice To A Prophet When you come, as you soon must, to the streets of our city, Mad-eyed from stating the obvious, Not proclaiming our fall but begging us In God’s name to have self-pity, Spare us all word of the weapons, their force and range, The long numbers that rocket the […]

Life As We Know It By Edwin Williamson

Life As We Know It By Edwin Williamson The scientists say fungi are more closely related to animals—to us— than multicellular plants. The truth: the shiitake in your fridge              would treat you better than half the men in the bar tonight, and it’d taste better too. I won’t cry […]

November By Lynna Odel

November By Lynna Odel If I can’t save us then let me feel you happy and safe under my chin.  If this will drown or burn  then let us drink starlight nap under trees sing on beaches— the morning rush to sit indoors what, again?  If we are dying then let me rip open and […]

Little Lead Soldiers  By Giannina Braschi Translated By Tess O’Dwyer

Little Lead Soldiers  By Giannina Braschi Translated By Tess O’Dwyer My tanks were filled with gasoline and wars. I was a lead soldier. I marched against the smoke of the city. There were difficult moments and there were, Hello! How are you? They were all worth the same. I had two pennies. I could enter the […]

The Index By Rena Priest

The Index By Rena Priest In the beginning there was darkness, then a bunch of other stuff—and lots of people. Some things were said and loosely interpreted, or maybe things were not communicated clearly. Regardless—there has always been an index. That thing about the meek—how we shall inherit the earth; that was a promise made […]