Lullaby BY AMANDA JERNIGAN My little lack-of-light, my swaddled soul, December baby. Hush, for it is dark, and will grow darker still. We must embark directly. Bring an orange as the toll for Charon: he will be our gondolier. Upon the shore, the season pans for light, and solstice fish, their eyes gone milky white,... Continue Reading →

To Live in the Mercy of God

To Live in the Mercy of God BY DENISE LEVERTOV To lie back under the tallest oldest trees. How far the stems rise, rise                before ribs of shelter                                            open! To live in the mercy of God. The complete sentence too adequate, has no give. Awe, not comfort. Stone, elbows of stony wood beneath lenient moss... Continue Reading →

  A Thought of the Nile BY LEIGH HUNT It flows through old hushed Egypt and its sands,       Like some grave mighty thought threading a dream,       And times and things, as in that vision, seem Keeping along it their eternal stands,— Caves, pillars, pyramids, the shepherd bands       That roamed through the young world, the glory extreme... Continue Reading →


  Pantoum BY RANDALL MANN If there is a word in the lexicon of love, it will not declare itself. The nature of words is to fail men who fall in love with men. It will not declare itself, the perfect word. Boyfriend seems ridiculous: men who fall in love with men deserve something a bit more formal.... Continue Reading →

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