The Dead by Maura O’Connor

artist: irune bo by Maura O’Connor one by one, they were all becoming shades… —James  Joyce I fled your deaths. They happened anyway. Me, the missing witness. Michael, I will miss you most. The roses you gave me the night you told me you hated me. The song you wrote comparing my eyes to ocean…

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Honeymoon on the Volga

artist: Michael Hedges by William Doreski This is our third honeymoon and the first on which you’ve spoken to me, to anyone. The Volga flows under our little room. The innkeeper wields no recognizable language. Your native Russian means nothing to him. When English falls from my mouth it writhes on the carpet, where he…

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Collecting

Artist: Sajjad Musa by Trista Hurley-Waxali When he said we were moving in, I wasn’t sure what he meant. Most of our friends were demolishing and then rebuilding, so it wasn’t so much as moving in but entering a perfectly designed space. At least, that was the promise that architects have when they competed like football teams…

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Three Poems

Artist: Marlowe Bandem by Anne Mikusinski Notes From a Waiting Room twenty-seven jumbled pieces formed instinctively work flawlessly together creating music that invite ideas to appear on a scraps of found paper I sketch you out from memory and wishful thinking filling in the blanks with unsaid words. It Lasts Longer an image of you…

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