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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Smiling Back


I remember when snowmen came right to our door
Some mornings it looked like a rally

You’d wake
to a couple dozen, facing the vague street, brooms
& pitchforks raised high, as if they expected some
invading army

Back then you could still find emeralds
in pine cones; the grocer took them for cases of beer
His smile was like the spine of a leaf

I don’t recall
smiling back, I may not have had a mouth, yet

Now everyone does; we all sputter like damp coal
& carry shovels to bed for protection from whatever 
follows us to sleep


Because You Watched The Space Children

Because you watched The Space Children
we recommend Aliens and The Man
From Planet X
.  You might also consider
the Polish woman from next door, her
constant robe and flower pots. Other
picks include the boy who watched you
buy food at a gas station, the possum
on the roof, the word 'helicopter.' These
suggestions are based on your history.
You can always update your profile
by brooding at random: on your shoes,
a faraway chair, a blunder. Think of
things you could've said the last time
you fought with a lover. It was hard to
concentrate when your rockets failed;
the fire and sirens, the space children
locked arm in arm, ready to turn us all
to diamonds with a look.

 

Brendan Constantine is a poet based in Hollywood. His work has appeared in FIELD, Ploughshares, Rattle, ZYZZYVA, the Los Angeles Review and other journals. His most recent books are 'Birthday Girl With Possum' (2011 Write Bloody Publishing) and 'Calamity Joe' (2012 Red Hen Press). He teaches poetry at the Windward School and is an adjunct professor at Antioch University Los Angeles. He also conducts workshops for hospitals, foster homes, & with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project.


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