‘Music needs silence / more than silence needs music.’ New poetry by Rae Armantrout.
‘I will etch visas on toilet paper and throw them from a lighthouse.’
‘how can all the pressures of surveillance / fail to describe me?’
‘Syllables are excised by / X-Acto, fed into a shredder / for good measure.’
‘Her / Secrets play on continuous loop, // Like a B-movie.’
‘Never laid a snare for nothin. / Never caught a bullfrog. Broke / my slingshot wishbone, wishin. / Never had a smoke.’ New poetry from Amit Majmudar.
‘history was speaking, which hardly ever happened to me’
‘light plays on the planet / long enough to tell time’
‘Narcotic, / unworldly, a toxic doctrine / of undivine retribution.’
‘Things didn’t remember their names and I have begun to forget them’
‘all in black, her arms raised in the air, their shadow sketching some malign bird I couldn’t recognize’
‘Do you think I can get to heaven / with zero balance and a virus?’
‘Your promise has been extracted like the cow-horned remains of molars long-soused in a Diet Coke marinade.’
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