Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tuesday poem #297 : Taryn Hubbard : Inventory Bush

This morning landscapers shaved the south side of the cedars so we could see in and nothing could hide again, and shopping bags candy wrappers beer cans water bottles cigarette butts cigarette wrappers Tim Hortons cups socks papers posters for lost cats condoms gum bottle caps burger wrappers lighters crayon drawings by little kids glass shards liquidation flyers cheap rubbish removal ad strands of hair coffee cup lids and razors flee from phantom underbrush onto sidewalk, and this debris will be swept away and the cuts on the limbs could be counted and maybe they have rings too to mark the years these bushes served as a community’s container, but what’s left are skinny sticks that jut. 

Taryn Hubbard’s poetry, fiction, reviews, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in journals and anthologies such as Canadian Literature, Room, The Capilano Review, Canadian Woman Studies, CV2, filling Station, Rusty Toque, Poetry is Dead, and others. She lives and writes in B.C.’s Fraser Valley, and has been a member of Room magazine’s editorial board since 2012. Her first full-length poetry collection is forthcoming in 2020.

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Tuesday poem #296 : Shira Dentz : Apology


a-p-o-lo apo lo l-o-g-y

I imagined tight|walking on the space between
my bedroom window & the brick building opposite

6 stories up—

drawing with my mind’s might

a bridge

above the wafered earth

& if it came to be, then

we could rejoin where, otherwise, I had no reach.

now, what does this have to do with apology? there’s an inversion.

for talking about my brother.

Shira Dentz is the author of four full-length books,  black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman), door of thin skins (CavanKerry), how do i net thee (Salmon Poetry), and the sun a blazing zero (Lavender Ink), and two chapbooks, Leaf Weather (Shearsman), and FLOUNDERS (Essay Press). Her writing appears widely in journals including Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, New American Writing, Brooklyn Rail, and Western Humanities Review, and has featured in The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, NPR, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. She's the recipient of an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem and Cecil Hemley Memorial Awards, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, and Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize. She is currently Special Features Editor at Tarpaulin Sky and lives and teaches in Upstate New York. More about her writing can be found at shiradentz.com.

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan