TS Mag: Poetry

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

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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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Poem by Arisa White: “Two Days After 11/9”

Post-election poem by Arisa White: “I took a walk outside today, / the helicopters are done / with surveillance, protestors / left burning roofs smoldered, / the tears of motherfuckers, down. // Bright nigger stars cause novas / in the parking lot, dice roll, / they exhale their Prop 64, / and I want someone to say / something magical to me, / like they’re a bouncy house / ready to soundbite their way / into believing this was not / our country a week ago.”

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