Answer a Poem with a Poem

Among the things I dislike so much about our national political discourse, in the news as well as on social media (maybe


this is not what you thought you’d be reading
and honestly it’s not what I thought I would be writing either

(cape may)

like scraps of paper
folding themselves into birds

full sun

ocean keeps crashing at my house whenever waves are too small to couch surf

goode for who

black skin, white acts
blackface to carry black caskets

Naming the Unnamed

by Grant Clauser Sometimes we write poems to put words and names to things there aren’t words for. Poems are often a

Aleppo Runs the Hall

…Aleppo now runs
a West Philly school hall
an open channel of enameled stone, a gateway to deliverance

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