my Sanskrit owl
vahana, vehicle of Laksmi
sharing the name with
a muni, sage
The honourable mention of our 2014 poetry contest, judged by Sonnet L’Abbé.
Alia and Natty smoke real cigarettes. They light up, breathe in smoke oh-so smooth and breathe out like old-fashioned pros.
Respect the metropolis
with all of its swagger,
Frozen diesel mud is
shinier than you’d think
chest high wild rose plates
tuck into a new truck that says
warm fresh tough clean
your favorite expensive underwear
My mom loves us, loves to
make us beautiful,
make my sister and me
into one girl—
a pageant of Persia.
My husband wants to know why the line is always broken.
We polish our big bellies with creams,
we henna Eden vines on them,
I hide my power in a cloak I hoard as anger.
My jaw gears like a charging bull;
hairs horn from my butting forehead.
Room would like to apologize to Yoko's Dogs for the formatting errors made in "Yellow" in issue 36.2.
The wind rolls down the street a rogue
wave and breaks in the maples above. Great swells
crest in the uppermost branches and it is alone a wonder how
the little birds are not
shaken loose from their limbs.
It starts with a river. Green hills,
and promising flatland beneath them.
Sister Nora shaved Amritjit and Balwinder’s hair—
My brother lost his body
bit by bit—a foot, a finger, a shin.
The honourable mention in our 2012 poetry contest, judged by Miranda Pearson.
Fat flies line the bait box, brush and cling
like scraps of cellophane, ragged magnets
A hardscrabble climb
up the hillside,
The man who loves you
is nothing but a ghost.
He walks through walls,
his name on your mouth like prayer.
The poem I am not going to write excuses herself
daily, needs to wash her hair, roust the dust bunnies
from under the bed, empty the worn-out clothes
that malinger in her closet.
I thought we were dead
when Dave spread his maps
across the wheel and took off
his glasses to consult them while his semi
careened unchecked down the interstate.
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In this issue:
Carleigh Baker, Leslie Beckmann, Isa Benn, Alison Braid, Maggie Burton, Ava C. Cipri, Kayla Czaga, Ruth Daniell, Leanne Dunic, Tanis Franco, Andréa Ledding, Tanya Lyons, Kim McCullough, Amber McMillan, Nav Nagra, Sarah Nakamura, Zehra Naqvi, Annmarie O’Connell, Eva Redamonti, Amanda Rhodenizer, stephanie roberts, Emily Schultz, Idrissa Simmonds, Mallory Tater, Erika Thorkelson, Debbie Urbanski, Susan E. Wadds, Laurelyn Whitt, Irene Wilder.