Messenger

By Robin Beth Schaer
December 2014

Religion in America: The choice left was to be lost. / I climbed cloud-high to answer.

God suspected my heart was a geode but he had to make sure

By Layla Benitez-James
December 2014

Religion in America: good, God said, I took clouds and planted them / in soft, red clay.

The Easement

By Joshua Marie Wilkinson
December 2014

to startle / one dead to what living’s no longer worth.

Hopper’s Women

By Emily Carroll
December 2014

she, standing there now with all the immodest strength / of a clapboard house, who has not even asked for this light.

Kafka Erases His Father With Moonlight

By Karen An-hwei Lee
November 2014

Moonlight poured fiery poison into my life.

Said Gun Sleeps

By Andrew Grace
November 2014

I’d sleep against the wall in the unemployment line / next to men who slit throats in another country

In Which Forest

By Pierluigi Cappello, translated from the Italian by Todd Portnowitz
November 2014

you gripped the axe’s handle, forever poised / to make a mark

Luz

By Laura Bylenok
November 2014

If, in the church, there was blood / her blood was colorless

Elegy With Agency

By W. M. Lobko
October 2014

You can no more waterboard yourself / than sneak up on yourself at a party

the years

By Wendy Xu
October 2014

where does dark begin settling / my little bones.

A Brief History of the Whale Fishery

By Rachel Richardson
October 2014

American Empires: the body: / such thin skin / and gold beneath—

Nachtmusik

By Danniel Schoonebeek
October 2014

American Empires: If they sing will she barb them my love in her eating dress

Adelle Steals the Key To

By Kristina Marie Darling
September 2014

I carried our wedding china out to the dock, threw every goblet into the ocean.

My Father Gave the Neighbors

By Erez Bitton, translated from the Hebrew by Tsipi Keller
September 2014

my mother / unraveled both her eyes to the ravens

Some Otherside, Some Subterranean

By Nick Flynn
September 2014

Our guest poetry editor selects poems that sit on “the knife edge between what we call the everyday and what we call the night.”

Adrift

By Garret Burrell, guest-edited by Nick Flynn
September 2014

Half of this / is an illusion. See here you / there is no place that does not from.

Late Style

By Graham Foust, guest-edited by Nick Flynn
September 2014

before she announced her arrival, she devoured it.

Guidebooks for the Dead

By Cynthia Cruz, guest-edited by Nick Flynn
September 2014

I could feel something bright / As it left the body.

Discrepancies Regarding My Mother’s Departure

By Rachel Eliza Griffiths, guest-edited by Nick Flynn
September 2014

It’s your turn, it’s always your turn, / the night says.

House-Sitting With Approaching Fire

By Idra Novey
August 2014

Dear friends / the ash-fall is thickening here

The Unfinished

By D. Nurkse
August 2014

When we returned by a pinprick in darkness / we found ourselves in childhood

DNA

By Mazen Maarouf, translated from the Arabic by Kareem James Abu-Zeid and Nathalie Handal
August 2014

you’re nothing, / absolutely nothing, / but a Palestinian.

Ground Rules

By Simeon Berry
August 2014

Here, we always sell / the negatives for free.

Gate 134

By Peter Cooley
July 2014

What unnameable would throw this on the floor, / noon refracted through blue windows

You Blast Off, I’ll Drive

By Alison Smith
July 2014

We ferried into America on the pitch of the same folksong.

Temporary People

By Abigail Carl-Klassen
June 2014

Gin means you start down south and diesel / dye your stripper, that International Harvester, / through barbed wire

Thems

By Tommy Pico
June 2014

I say “and them” and mean / how in “the sticks” where I lived, the reservation, the mail / boxes were like maypoles at the end of the Earth

Refugee (Baghdad 2003)

By Mia Leonin
June 2014

Daughter, your mother’s prayer teeth would sharpen / and shred your opaque sack of sleep.

Tongariro

By Milorad Pejić, translated from the Bosnian by Omer Hadžiselimović
June 2014

We are resting from our courage.

Night Vision

By Benjamin Landry
May 2014

Our task was to set our sight / on the sightless part

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