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Psaltery & Lyre

I Am Prometheus

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

Book Review: More Than Watchmen at Daybreak, by Cyrus Cassells

The chapbook “More Than Watchmen at Daybreak” opens by addressing the reader as pilgrim, a traveler, one who has come from afar or is seeking a holy place.

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

ORAL HISTORY OF THE GODS: So what: on the moral virtues of drinking and talking all night

Two Jewish men stay up all night drinking and debating the existence of God. At the end of the night, they come to a conclusion: God cannot possibly exist. They tumble out into the early morning air, satisfied with their conclusion.

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).

Father

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.

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