Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tuesday poem #254 : Katie Fowley : CROWN

I would like to crown you with this beauty.
A thing of beauty is a felon.
A felon takes me out.
I would like to crown you with a thing-like beauty
Beneath the molting tree.
I would like to crown you until you are wealthy
And somber enough to eat.
My haunches turn to rubber,
My crown of honey—complete.
A nimble quake. A quiver.
The passage opens with healthy ships
Envenomed in a fetid mist.
   A joyful felon stops and starts
   To keep the briny ghost afloat.

Katie Fowley’s first chapbook, Dances and Parks, is forthcoming from DIEZ Press. Her poems and criticism have been published in Atlas Review, No, Dear, 6×6, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, and Poems by Sunday. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches English at CUNY York.

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Tuesday poem #253 : Jay Ritchie : Green from yellow to black

For the month of June you are a flight attendant.
You take people
to faraway places like Sault Ste. Marie
& Newark. I wish I could take you
to the place I go when I am alone.
It’s so nice here.
I wish you could see it.
It’s raining small.

Are the windows open?
There are no buildings.

Jay Ritchie [photo credit: Stacy Lee] is the author of the poetry collection Cheer Up, Jay Ritchie (Coach House, 2017). He is pursuing an MFA in Poetry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan