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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Midtown

 

The half bird in her met the half garden blogger and she decided to live
in midtown just in case the gravel became visible on the American River, 

and with the chard of various different neon colors spreading like decades
of reputation, she established a tasting flight for the entire berry family.

She resolved the anise flavors with the Chianti, visited the crush pad
and chanted ingredients to the throbbing Dodgers fans returning from

their workouts. All these remembrances live in unclaimed photos
that quietly fill the walls of the mobile chapel circulating through the streets

that line up along the capitol. Opa! — the zoo has birthed
a brand new baby lemur. The dry conditions place everyone

in the region on fire alert: the city planners who contemplate
giant water tunnels, the stun gun robbers who stopped their

victim in a lot and grabbed her purse, the Meals on Wheels seniors
who can't heat up their potatoes, the Elks, the Kiwanis,

the Brownies, Scouts and Rainbow Girls. They are all intruders
into fragile circumstances like those hurt and shadowy figures

who attend meetings of Milfaholics Anonymous. After pints at
the pedestrian mall they admit to still enjoying a little high stakes bingo.

Their legs are so long they can't run on all fours anymore.
They return the half that is dull citizen to the half that is animal.


Tim Kahl [http://www.timkahl.com] is the author of Possessing Yourself (CW Books, 2009) and The Century of Travel (CW Books, 2012). His work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Mad Hatters' Review, Indiana Review, Metazen, Ninth Letter, Sein und Werden, Notre Dame Review, The Really System, Konundrum Engine Literary Magazine, The Journal, The Volta, Parthenon West Review, Caliban and many other journals in the U.S. He appears as Victor Schnickelfritz at the poetry and poetics blog The Great American Pinup (http://greatamericanpinup.wordpress.com/) and the poetry video blog Linebreak Studios [http://linebreakstudios.blogspot.com/]. He is also editor of Bald Trickster Press and Clade Song [http://www.cladesong.com]. He is the vice president and events coordinator of The Sacramento Poetry Center. He also has public installations in Nevada City {http://unmannedminerals.com/2013/08/22/it-calls-from-the-creek/} and in Sacramento {In Scarcity We Bare The Teeth} [http://www.flickr.com/photos/rickele/11129585563/] [http://www.sacmetroarts.org/documents/FullPoems.pdf] He currently houses his father's literary estate—one volume: Robert Gerstmann's book of photos of Chile, 1932).


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