TS Mag: Poetry

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.

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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.

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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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