mouth mouth mouth some words onto righthere rises eyed from under full lift my arms hold (this weight of you)
Alexis Pope, “(soured)” (Leveler)
I heard the mothers call me trash. Beyond me lay some other me: a supine body in the summer heat.
Caylin Capra-Thomas, “The Mine Fire Speaks” (Boiler)
My greatest flaw is that I’ve granted my future-self permission to question myself at any time.
Michelle Dove, from “Alt Vices” (ILK)
Jon tells me
about a girl
to put her hair
It’s a thing
Rob MacDonald, “Fetal Position” (interrupture)
I want to teach this song to the children we won’t make.
Ruth Awad, “Shame, Abridged” (Diode)
This is a round-up of poetry I like. I do this every week OK.