Psaltery & Lyre

Book Review: Killing Marias, by Claudia Castro Luna

Each poem shows the reader a bright flash of an extinguished life through the journey of forty-three poems, each honoring a María murdered between now and 1993.

As Christ in the Wilderness

The grating roar of adolescence / blooming red between my legs, poppy, / the bright girdle coming out of the sky / like a halo.

Sunken Cathedral

Half the night I dream seaward / in search of resurrection

On Paul’s Letter to the Romans

When I read Norman Mailer talk about / “the swoops, spooks, starts, the masks / and snarls, the calm lucid abilities of sin” / I feel the erotics of correctness.

God as Uterus

Livid reminder of who’s in charge here. / Even the heart might seem subsidiary, going on / and on in its peripheral / metronome

Blessing for Cows

No apology / for the constancy of their eating, / / these cows.

Odd Mysteries

The newspaper headlines were all about a miraculous rowboat. / Meanwhile I was teaching kids what to do in case of bullets.

2020 Orison Anthology Nominees

Congratulations to all of our nominees!

Flying Wallendas

I say / skywalking, and no net / can ease that plummet— / sky-walk, / sky-fall.

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