Poetry | Tarpaulin Sky Magazine

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Poetry | Tarpaulin Sky Magazine

PUBLISHING NOTHING BY BILLY COLLINS SINCE 2003 | IMAGE: NOAH SATERSTROM

Five poems by Biswamit Dwibedy

"to the glories of the dark longing you see in an aspirant on the path of devotion. Often used to bring the inner organs into control. You breathe in one image and breathe out a different night..."

Four poems by Martin Corless-Smith

"It took a century to realize / Earth had died inside / a tin cup left upon a wall / the slowworm struggled in the glare until the hawk arrived."

Joshua Corey: excerpts from “Hannah and the Master”

"Widescreen nativity: nativity of the eye. Ringed by lashes and flames. // Endgame cinema, Nuremberg hypothesis, the present unforgiven by both past and future...." -- from Hannah and the Master, a finalist for the 2017 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prizes.

Five Poems by Kirsten Kaschock

"Take this frackwaste voice you wish / I’d use 4 truth instead of dare. You’ll want // to salt&bury it, so it don’t rise, but where’s / your shovel? Where’s the body?" Kirsten Kaschock's manuscript, Numbness, the Practice was semifinalist for the 2017 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prizes.

Jeff T. Johnson, excerpts from “The Book / Or / The Woods”

"Y the monster has a deck of cards. The back of each a / forest. The monster lays a cross along discarded leaves. The / cards are invisible, but the monster knows they are there...." -- from Jeff T. Johnson's The Book / Or / The Woods, semifinalist for the 2017 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prizes.

Marty Cain, Two Poems

"I dream of my manifest body / and coexisting with toxic waste, I dream of cops / who murder babies, I dream of teachers who murder babies, / I dream of a doctor who says You want a boy / and pulls a cock from his drawer and glues it on / and it dangles flaccid and huge from our infant’s body ..." -- From Marty Cain's The Wound Is (Not) Real: A Memoir, semifinalist for the 2017 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prizes.

Geoffrey Babbitt, Five Poems

“the temporal unfolding / an expression of eternality / -- sun thrashing -- / Office of the Dead reminds medieval believers // to prepare -- the here / and now should be put to good / use -- the plot is / acknowledging the way -- nature folded // into grace, the grace / of something unnamable” -- from "On Time and the Office of the Dead," by Geoffrey Babbitt

Kiki Petrosino, Two Villanelles

"When I dream of the future, I’m always alone. / But something drags me with fear teeth. / I don’t know what I want. I only love / what I’m Lord of. Teach me, or else." -- from "Purgatorio," by Kiki Petrosino.

Laynie Browne, Two Poems

"She closed her eyes and remained very still, until she began to feel the language inside her soften, until the gormless dissolved, until gothic overtones rose to the surface, fell and expired into the theatrics supporting her, until her breathing became a succession of cures. What is literature for?"

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Five poems by Biswamit Dwibedy

"to the glories of the dark longing you see in an aspirant on the path of devotion. Often used to bring the inner organs into control. You breathe in one image and breathe out a different night..."

Four poems by Martin Corless-Smith

"It took a century to realize / Earth had died inside / a tin cup left upon a wall / the slowworm struggled in the glare until the hawk arrived."

Joshua Corey: excerpts from “Hannah and the Master”

"Widescreen nativity: nativity of the eye. Ringed by lashes and flames. // Endgame cinema, Nuremberg hypothesis, the present unforgiven by both past and future...." -- from Hannah and the Master, a finalist for the 2017 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prizes.

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