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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September 12th


And if the bowl were stronger, my story had been longer.
-Mother Goose's The Men of Gotham City


It was not easy clawing up the coast to home.
We waited outside the unmanned station
for a train that never came
until the hours passed into a darkness
which became the time called post-.

Deming, New Mexico, under a spell
of loudspeakers and shopkeepers
who barely noticed our presence,
the tourist's shine of us worn off
in the dirt and rock of our altered country.

We sleep-marched through the town museum,
eyes of antique dolls little mirrors of us
in corridors teeming with dead histories,
and bloodless stones, those bones of every shape,
of every color and every petrified moment.

Over a thousand years ago the Mimbres Indians
buried their dead with a punctured bowl
pressed over the face. Spirits slipped through
little jagged openings to the afterlife
and all we had was time and flames and smoke.

Dragged home in a thread of silver passenger cars
we felt the kneel of skyscrapers under the weight
of death, unable, after all this time above dust,
to contain the journey we all steam through,
one calendar after the next.


Katy E. Ellis’ poetry has most recently appeared in Alehouse: Poetry on Tap, Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, as well as in Sycamore Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Faultline, and in the Canadian journals Grain and Fiddlehead. She has served as poetry co-editor for The Bellingham Review, as non-fiction editor for The Inner Harbour Review (Victoria, B.C.), and as consulting editor for the ‘zine Rinse and Repeat. The King County Arts Commission awarded her a literary grant in 2001. Her chapbook Urban Animal Expeditions is available through Dancing Girl Press.


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