Note from the Editors

 

   SEEING RED 

    ENDU(RED) ADMI(RED)
    DESI(RED) WONDE(RED)
    RUMO(RED) ADO(RED)
    ENAMO(RED) INSPI(RED)
    DISCOVE(RED) SAC(RED)
    HUNGE(RED) WONDE(RED)
    EXPLO(RED) FEATU(RED)
    AUTHO(RED) SEA(RED)
    DA(RED) UNCENSO(RED)
    SOA(RED) ADVENTU(RED)

 

 

    


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for r teal   d 12/02/2011


what you dread you don’t know you dread
how well you lived with it

a letter you wrote years before
illustrates the imbroglio in fine detail

then there’s the fist-hole in the living room wall
a list of projects you needed to complete
there’s no making sense of how urgent things were

of course you second-guess yrself that’s what we do
but how else would you have spent
“yr seasons of anchor & drift”?

whatever it is that arrives & passes
keeps arriving & passing
which is what I meant earlier
you couldn’t get to the bottom of things
if you gave the rest of who you are to it

there’s some pressure to make a decision but remember
you can always go back to the rooms
where you milled & mingled the last time

familiar voices echoing in a hallway
you’ll recognize the road beyond the fog

if this is what you want if this is how you’d like to resume
just say the word


John Amen is the author of three collections of poetry: Christening the Dancer (Uccelli Press, 2003), More of Me Disappears (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2005), and At the Threshold of Alchemy (Presa, 2009). His collaborative work with Daniel Y. Harris, The New Arcana, will be released by New York Quarterly Press in September 2012. His work has appeared in numerous journals nationally and internationally and been translated into Spanish, French, Hungarian, and Hebrew. In addition, he has released two folk/folk rock CDs: All I’ll Never Need (Cool Midget 2004) and Ridiculous Empire (2008). He is also an artist, working primarily with acrylics on canvas. Further information is available on his website: www.johnamen.com. Amen travels widely giving readings, doing musical performances, and conducting workshops. He founded and continues to edit The Pedestal Magazine (www.thepedestalmagazine.com).

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