A Stand of Swamp Maples in Purcellville, Virginia

by Brian Brodeur

Click to hear Brian Brodeur read “A Stand of Swamp Maples in Purcellville, Virginia” From the window you can see which trees I mean. I used to have a view for twenty acres of pine and poplar woods, a cattle … Continue reading

Love Poem from the Wrong Side of the Rain

by Lynn Powell

What would April do?  Tease hidden meanings from the bulbs, raise the stakes and double my entendres, and bet all my roses on the bottom line. But it’s the season of embarrassed trees, the modest charms of leaf-rot and briar … Continue reading

Conspiracy Theory

by Elizabeth Langemak

In Arkansas the red-wings go down, nearly two thousand slapped out of the night. Beaks pointed, wings drawn to their sides as men shot from cannons, they land unseen, on their sides, like pepper shook out on a small Southern … Continue reading

First Day in October

by William Wright

A gray leaf enshrouds the earth. I think of how the rain shifts eastward into Carolina, how the clouds siphon highways of any least shadow. Where is my father but on the moss- ridden hill of his yard, the leaves … Continue reading


by William Wright

Click to hear William Wright read his poem, “Nora” —in memory of Patricia Highsmith’s “Oona” In the country of windfall apples and chicory stubble, the blue glow of hidden things molded by every fall, a man left his wife, his … Continue reading


by Nick Norwood

Click to hear Nick Norwood read his poem, “Clamor” The mill’s non-stop noise, a whir and a clangor, follows him home, over the bridge and up the hill, while at his back it goes on wheezing, chuffing lint through manifold … Continue reading

Child Lost at the Beach

by Billy Collins

This time, the boy had gone missing for so many hours that a television crew was sent to cover the story, which is how I came to hear one lifeguard explain to the camera that a lost child will usually … Continue reading

Incident in Hammond, Indiana

by Gabrielle Freeman

Click to hear Gabrielle Freeman read her poem, “Incident in Hammond, Indiana” Long ago, a black-headed boy slung his mail order rifle over one rangy shoulder, withdrew from the world, unnoticed. His footfalls entered damp woods at the edge of … Continue reading

The Navel

by Alice Friman

The brain’s most amazing function is that it enables us to think about how we think. I say, mucking in the frontal cortex, stirring the neural soup, makes for migraines. Since when was the navel we so loved to gaze … Continue reading

Gretel Released Unharmed

by David Moolten

Click to hear David Moolten read his poem, “Gretel Released Unharmed” Holding a knife, the old woman looks out On dark familiar country through the window Which frames her like an oven’s lit square. Trees swallow the girl whole. Her … Continue reading