Psaltery & Lyre



Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Daughter, Rose, Prays the Mysteries of the Rosary

Pray the grime-coated stairway of 1 Scammel Street. Smoke-stained walls and fallen chunks of plaster. The floor we painted cheer yellow.

I Am Prometheus

At my chalice-smooth fingers / bronzed as judgment trumpets, one hand / glacier-blue, the other lilies and teeth—

Passion Theory

Everything sanguine. Everything / illumined to unmask our every crater, valley, plateau.

The Color of My Uncle’s Car

reflected the blue wash above Arizona, as we snaked up the sides / of Thumb’s Butte, halfway between pine hills and the sagebrush floor

Interview with Carlos Andrés Gómez

Carlos Andrés Gómez is a Columbian-American poet, author, actor, and speaker. He is the recipient the 2018 Broken River Prize, selected by Eduardo C. Corral, for his new collection of poems, Hijito (Platypus Press 2019).


In the basement of the crack house     I used to visit / as an outreach worker              on 121st street in Harlem, / I was convinced           He            refused / to travel north of 96th.  

A Prophecy for the First Horse that Carried Me

Conquest followed by red / and black and pale—beasts / of conflict, judgement, and death. / But what of this equine quartet—

They Call This Flower Lucifer

Same shade as fall maples, / a cardinal wing, a valentine.

Platonic Love Poem

the sun shone so bright & even, / it read to us our fortunes

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