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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When I sawed belles dames, I showed
merci. I fended

off migraines, stuffy stages,
straitjackets, rabid

rabbits. I chewed aspirin, dry. At the first
hints of morning,

I boarded heavy trains. Evenings, I
cradled rye

and cackled. You shook the hands
from the seersuckers sleeves.

I settled for the rattle of freight. Your
sleight of hand was smile

and nod. I toyed with more substantial
fraud, the horndark

stage where I first broke my fast. The haze
bleeds its humid

cough. The blade that slit your throat,
I laid in your open

palm. Needless to say, it took you
by surprise.

Gregg Murray is Assistant Professor of English at Georgia State University and the founding editor of Muse /A Journal. He has recent poems in Caketrain, DIAGRAM, Pank, Birmingham Poetry Review, Carolina Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. He is the author of Ceviche. Gregg also writes for The Huffington Post.


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