Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Tuesday poem #417 : Jennifer Falkner : Persepolis



wash your face before dawn
with water poured
in your palm from a plastic bottle

let the sun drink from your face
as it climbs the sky
grant it this small release from thirst

so when its heat turns cruel at noon
and flays every crawling thing,
it will remember you

and grant you the kindness
of shade



Jennifer Falkner (she/her) is an award-winning short story writer living in Ottawa, Canada, on the traditional unceded territory of the Anishinaabe people. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, in Canada and internationally. Her forthcoming novella (Susanna Hall, Her Book) will be published in 2022 by Fish Gotta Swim Editions.

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Tuesday poem #416 : Tom Prime : Everyone is Taking Pictures of Me




when converted to film, my wasps darted a portcullis on unwatched
tongues and like leeches, leaned into a palm of miniature    locks that purged

reminiscent of the data structure of hovering
arroyos, though it was an aspect of a dog licking the tender    hairs; nonetheless

those dim sweltering lightbulbs, like deer, sitting in a one-
dimensional locus alongside a dog with trench

mouth, could not muff
the most basic of paradoxes and thus were the ligamental of

that mother of the morning who had awoken a clairvoyant and, gleaning
the hearse, had quit her     job in the vizard of foaming




Tom Prime is in his second year in the PhD program at Western University in English. He has an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Victoria (Specializing in Poetry). He has a BA at Western University. He has been published in Brave New Word, Carousel, Ditch, Fjords Review, The Northern Testicle, The Rusty Toque, Vallum, and Watch Your Head. He has two poems accepted for forthcoming publication in Lana Turner Journal.

His first chapbook, A Strange Hospital, was published as a Proper Tales Press. His chapbook, Gravitynipplemilkplanet Anthroposcenesters, was published by above/ground press. This along with the two Serif of Nottingham chapbooks (Birds are the birthmarks of flight and Throat Fixtures: The Almanack of Dazzle) are collaborations with Gary Barwin. He has a forthcoming mini chapbook on Blasted Tree Press.

His collaborative collection of poems written with Gary Barwin, A Cemetery for Holes, is available from Gordon Hill Press.

the Tuesday poem is curated by robmclennan

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Tuesday poem #415 : Barry Schwabsky : Notes Toward a Code of Best Practice


Glancing toward the sources of wisdom
I could just glimpse the back of my mind
drifting off into the distance

maybe catch it on its way back around

it was only then
your past lost its predictability
darkness opened onto a wet body

I’m taking in later for repairs

the skin of a human being like that of a ripe fruit
when pierced
leaks saturated sweetness

whose presence cohabits with D—th
and feeds you enough words to talk with
to update our situation with reckless accuracy



Barry Schwabsky is art critic for The Nation and co-editor of international reviews for Artforum. He has published three books of poetry and several chapbooks as well as several books of art criticism. His Reader's Diary is published weekly at Tourniquet Review and his new collection of poetry will be published by Black Square Editions, New York, in 2021.

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan