Psaltery & Lyre

Book Review: Fractures, by Carlos Andrés Gómez

It is clear to see why Fractures was the Winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Natasha Trethewey. It is emotional and raw in its delivery of profoundly looking into the past while keeping the reader rooted in the present’s social struggles.

Two Poems

I don’t mean to be ungrateful. / I was bred for wanting more, the way / a racehorse is bred for the win’s scent.

2020 Pushcart Prize Nominees

Congratulations to all of our 2020 Pushcart Prize nominees!

8 Parables to Keep You Safe, Defy Aging, & Banish Evil

We look for the things that are irretrievable / in these minor folds of solitude. We fire, / we flood, we famine.

Service Hymn

The star spangled banner blared at the start / and end of each day, and the spot / where we stood when it began was where / we’d stand for the duration.

Three Poems

God says words in Night that Night don’t know / how to hold so it gives’em to me.

Elegy on the Mourning of My Death

Elders have stopped reading the news. We dream / of serious play down on our knees— / cat’s eyes, jacks, the kiss that’s for keeps.

Tornado Warning

Silence meant trouble, / / a brewing. I prayed for thunder.


When summer releases its hold, this isn’t my place / to hunker with a knife and cards / / and watch day delay starting.

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