Six Sonnets: Crossing the West By Janice Gould

Six Sonnets: Crossing the West By Janice Gould 1Desert heat, high clouds, and skythe color of lapis. On this journey,anything seems possible,so we stop by an ancient cottonwoodto kiss. The beauty trembles,doesn’t say a word, just watchesme, so open. Small birds fly by, flockin the shady tree above us. Whatsettles in her heart? What congeals?Hope? […]

Domestic By Carl Phillips

Domestic By Carl Phillips If, when studying road atlaseswhile taking, as you call it, your   morning dump, you shout down to   me names like Miami City, Franconia,   Cancún, as places for you to take   me to from here, can I help it if all I can think is things that are   stupid, like he loves me he loves me   not? I don’t […]

Poem For My Love By June Jordan

Poem For My Love By June Jordan How do we come to be here next to each other in the night Where are the stars that show us to our love inevitable Outside the leaves flame usual in darkness and the rain falls cool and blessed on the holy flesh the black men waiting on […]

A Poem Of Love In Eleven Lines By Gerrit Lansing

A Poem Of Love In Eleven Lines By Gerrit Lansing Dreamer of purified fury and fabulous habit,your eyes of deserted white afternoonstarget, stiffen, riot with unicorn candorso I swallow your body like meanings or whisky or as you swallow me. Break rhythm here:      your kiss is my justice:look then now how orange blooms of jubilation unfold […]

The Aureole By Nikky Finney

The Aureole By Nikky Finney (for E)                   I stop my hand midair.                If I touch her there everything about me will be true.               The New World discovered without pick or ax.                I will be what Brenda Jones was stoned for in 1969.               I saw it as a girl but […]

Hair By Francisco Aragón

Hair By Francisco Aragón For M 1. who conceived that ravine or the contour of those slopes Torbay —washing over him as he swims— is trying to say don’t let the barber shave below his collar 2. I love breathing him in my fingers raking his chest a cub wanders the forest after Andrés Montoya […]

Whoever You Are Holding Me Now In Hand By Walt Whitman

Whoever You Are Holding Me Now In Hand By Walt Whitman Whoever you are holding me now in hand,Without one thing all will be useless,I give you fair warning before you attempt me further,I am not what you supposed, but far different. Who is he that would become my follower?Who would sign himself a candidate for […]

The Dream By Aphra Behn

The Dream By Aphra Behn All trembling in my arms Aminta lay, Defending of the bliss I strove to take; Raising my rapture by her kind delay, Her force so charming was and weak. The soft resistance did betray the grant, While I pressed on the heaven of my desires; Her rising breasts with nimbler […]

A Second Train Song For Gary By Jack Spicer

A Second Train Song For Gary By Jack Spicer When the trains come into strange cities The citizens come out to meet the strangers. I love you, Jack, he said I love you, Jack, he said At another station. When passengers come in from strange cities The citizens come out to help the strangers. I […]

On Trans By Miller Oberman

On Trans By Miller Oberman The process of through is ongoing. The earth doesn’t seem to move, but sometimes we falldown against it and seem to briefly alight on its turning. We were just going. I was just leaving,        which is to say, comingelsewhere. Transient. I was going as I came, the words    […]