Poetry

For Tony

POETRY ISSUE #44

It Makes You Wait for It

By John Leonard

 

I feel like I’m stuck in a rural Texas town
with no gas money to get myself home,
and if I kept walking until I found a new town,
it would probably be the same town…
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Joshua Sassoon Orol

A Slightly Different Truth

Candelin Wahl interviews
Joshua Sassoon Orol

 

Poetry co-editor Candelin Wahl recently had this exchange with Issue #43 featured poet Joshua Sassoon Orol. Here’s what Joshua had to say about their Jewish identity, writing as a trans person, their approach to drafting a poem, and more… 
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Image: "Trophees by Nelly Sanchez, collage, 40x30 cm., 2018

POETRY ISSUE #43

Shoshana’s Mother

By Joshua Sassoon Orol

 

אמא של שושנה
How does a mother teach a son
about the body of a woman?
A teen in need of a shave
I pop open
the microwave…
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Rip Apart & Reassemble the World

Candelin Wahl interviews
Alexa Doran

 

Poetry co-editor Candelin Wahl recently had this exchange with Issue #42 featured poet Alexa Doran. Here’s what Alexa had to say about being a feminist, the art of Leah Dockrill, women Dada artists, and more… 
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Style Central EDITED

POETRY ISSUE #42

Mother Darling Visits the States

By Alexa Doran

 

It’s not that the sky here isn’t blue
but that something has to asphyxiate to turn that hue.

I was so sure New England would fit like a skin… Read more

Arjun Parikh

Writing to Let Go

Aurora Nowak interviews
Arjun Parikh

 
 

Poetry co-editor Aurora Nowak recently had this exchange with Issue #41 featured poet Arjun Parikh. Here’s what Arjun had to say about his writing process, the importance of tone, the value of writing workshops, and more.. 
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Man Mood

POETRY ISSUE #41

Obituary for Gerald

By Arjun Parikh
 
 

Gerald went by Gerald even when he was young. As a boy he set out to read the entire encyclopedia. He was adamant about doing only one thing at a time. In his twenties he played Russian roulette on Sundays… 
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Naomie Jean-Pierre

Leaving, Hoping, Mourning

Aurora Nowak interviews
Naomie Jean-Pierre

 
 

Poetry co-editor Aurora Nowak recently had this exchange with Issue #40 featured poet Naomie Jean-Pierre. Here’s what Naomie had to say about the inspiration for her poetry, how she approaches form, and how painful experiences manifest in her art… 
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The Executive Meeting

POETRY ISSUE #40

The Apologetics of Leaving

By Naomie Jean-Pierre
 
 

a leaving 

begins in the 

calluses on my feet 

calcium, hardened on my teeth 

laughter ghosts 

a smile in disguise beneath my nose… 
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Black Dog

POETRY ISSUE #39

Weathervane

By Kristin Macintyre
 
 

I am so far away I write you 

a postcard from the next room, 

say there is a whole 
 

grove of plum trees 

on the rooftop – neat little rows of stones 

fruit above the washroom… 
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