“The Puddle” by Susan Gibb

I watch the people go by on a late Friday afternoon. Hurrying home, quick-stopping to buy something for dinner. Some Catholics, still fish. As if this will save them from Hell. I drink in the rain, it widens my mouth to catch it. I grow bigger, more powerful with each drop that I sip. A […]

Talking with Furniture: Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz is the author of five books of poetry (Dear Future Boyfriend, Hot Teen Slut, Working Class Represent, Oh, Terrible Youth and Everything is Everything) as well as the the author of the nonfiction book, Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam, which […]

Two poems by Hal Sirowitz

Invisible Cage When I look at a monkey, according to Darwin, father said, I’m supposed to see man in his infancy, living in caves, not yet the inventor of the wheel. But what I see is the cage preventing him from obtaining freedom. When I look at you I don’t see the beginning of men, […]

“Dinner with Sam Rockwell” by Shelagh Power-Chopra

Sam Rockwell and I met up in a caboose train with dim lighting and the drone of an ancient PA system echoing around us. It was the latest trend in restaurants — entrepreneurs rescuing old freight trains and other abandoned industrial steel containers and turning them into trendy eateries. Sam was taller than I thought […]