L Equals Look BY MARY JO BANG At a book of details Of all the moments when knowledge is acquired. A sort of expanded balloon Sighs and says, “We are what came before.” “The storm in the window of the mind,” The sleeping sister says while she’s walking around Wonderland watching A cat touching down…

I return from America having experienced much more than I bargained for. In less than two months I have had face-to-face time with 80% of the people I know living on earth. I have slept on three airport floors, eight planes, eight beds (two bunks), one boat, four couches, and in three cars (not on…

Notes for an Elegy

BY WILLIAM MEREDITH The alternative to flying is cowardice, And what is said against it excuses, excuses; Its want was always heavy in those men’s bodies Who foresaw it in some detail; and failing that, The rest were shown through its skyey heats and eases In sleep, awoke uncertain whether their waking cry Had been falling…

imagine home

to imagine home, is to see a map, a shapeless country, black bordered with chaotic lines making red and green routes into cities never heard I’ve never stepped foot.   home is riding the slow Zephyr train bound for the sock drawers of a man with two roots for feet and an arm over my shoulders laughing…

13 Lessons from 2013

1. Never trust a fart – Hold tight. Don’t ever let go. 2. When a woman flashes her vagina at you in a dance circle, you can’t ever unsee that. 3. English speakers are abusing their ability to use “awesome,” “amazing” and “crazy” as descriptive words. 4. Reading six consecutive Vonnegut books in less than a month…