Recoleta by Lorraine Caputo

Recoletaby Lorraine Caputo In this gated     city within          the city     narrow calles          labyrinthineRest eternal souls of     doctors & founders          business moghuls     politicians, presidents          & heroes of forgotten wars(Their grumbling yet     resounds about, around          Evita’s tomb     where fresh flowers          are lain) Beneath their     Gothic spires, domes          beyond Doric columns     fine sculpture          Art Deco reliefsBehind façades of     dimmed black granite          of façades now crumbled     revealing eroded brick          eroded mortarBronze honor plaques     deep-greened          wrought-iron doors    rusting & cobweb-woven          panes shattered Stained glassContinue reading “Recoleta by Lorraine Caputo”

Ballad of Forgotten Places by Olga Orozco

Ballad of Forgotten Placesby Olga Orozco translated by Mary Crow My most beautiful hiding places,places that best fit my soul’s deepest colors,are made of all that others forgot. They are solitary sites hollowed out in the grass’s caress,in a shadow of wings, in a passing song;regions whose limits swirl with the ghostly carriagesthat transport theContinue reading “Ballad of Forgotten Places by Olga Orozco”

The Narrow Houses of Amsterdam by Megan Sexton

The Narrow Houses of Amsterdamby Megan Sexton To get to them, think in circles,think of the skinny streets of dreams,of paintings before the discovery of perspective,before the first Baedeker was written,roving at dusk, then midnightalong rows of café shelved like antique books;think past the narrow houses of Amsterdam,first spring, then summer, in a toy city,aContinue reading “The Narrow Houses of Amsterdam by Megan Sexton”

Amsterdam (excerpt) by Megan Fernandes

Amsterdam (excerpt)by Megan Fernandes Sometimes the mythologies of a city are true—like when I see a blond man bob for red applesin the street selling records side by side with a black catwound in a cushion, deep in dream. Josh sayshe does not want to go see Anne Frank, that this kind of tourismdepresses him,Continue reading “Amsterdam (excerpt) by Megan Fernandes”

Fragment 9: The Netherlands by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Fragment 9: The Netherlandsby Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) Water and windmills, greenness, Islets green;—Willows whose trunks beside the shadows stoodOf their own higher half, and willowy swamp:—Farmhouses that at anchor seem’d—in the inland skyThe fog-transfixing spiresWater, wide water, greenness and green banks,And water seen— PHOTO: Kinderdijk, Netherlands. Photo by Giuseppe Bandiera on Unsplash. NOTE: KinderdijkContinue reading “Fragment 9: The Netherlands by Samuel Taylor Coleridge”

4. Rare School Bell, Long Walnut Handle by Kelley White

4. Rare School Bell, Long Walnut Handleby Kelley White finely turned, exceptional patina, turnedand flared brass bell with iron clapper,Canterbury, NH, C. 1850, 28” h $2100 The ledger tells how I came to be here.A man, my father, called Charles Thomas,though it may have been Thompson,or Thomson, or Tomas, (this is EldressCora’s hand, surely, recording,Continue reading “4. Rare School Bell, Long Walnut Handle by Kelley White”

Shaker Orchard by Mark Doty

Shaker Orchardby Mark Doty Holding even flowers subjectto the principle of use,the Shakers inventedthe notion of packaged seedsand a steam-powereddistiller for rosewater.They uncluttered roomstill space filledwith Universal Light—white walls, a chest, a chairhung on pegs beside a broomso perfect in its simplicityas to become a pure channel:there was nothing in those linesto impede the flowof theContinue reading “Shaker Orchard by Mark Doty”

A Covered Bridge in Littleton, New Hampshire by Stephanie Burt

A Covered Bridge in Littleton, New Hampshireby Stephanie Burt I can remember when I wanted Xmore than anything ever—for X fill infrom your own childhood [balloon, pencil lead, trading card, shoelaces, a bowor not to have to wear a bow] and now I am moved to action, when I am moved,principally by a memory ofContinue reading “A Covered Bridge in Littleton, New Hampshire by Stephanie Burt”

Bering Sea Luminosity by Karla Linn Merrifield

Bering Sea Luminosityby Karla Linn Merrifield thy name ismidnight sunwaning moonmy candle in Time’s windowinto ring of firetectonic platesone heart a soulbodies of influencewhat is the skin between usmy shimmeryour mirroringwhere my sky lightwhy your sea deepcoming coming waveslengths intervalscelestially earthlynovae volcaniclove in the physicsshine shiningto have shoneus in this Universeonce upon glow PHOTO: BeringContinue reading “Bering Sea Luminosity by Karla Linn Merrifield”

The Igloo by Matthew Sweeney

The Igloo by Matthew Sweeney Outside the igloo he waited for an invitation to come inside. There was no knocker, no doorbell. He coughed, there was no reply. He crouched down and peered in. He felt the warm air from a fire pat his cheeks and ruffle his hair. Hello he said quietly and repeated it.Continue reading “The Igloo by Matthew Sweeney”