Apr 26

Six Months Married/Roadside

by Nicholas Brown

Six Months Married


                           dug out     

                                                   a role             

                                                                                                            in your       

                                                                              body deep      

                                                   I am



                                                   my extra         




fill you   





idle rows ringing slots                   opposite
I watch men bowling                     cigarettes clenched

___________________________________whats your name
it neednt matter

Casey if I remember                      Jamie maybe with a family
in a corner apartment                  somewhere awfully busy

only passing through                     wont be here long
yeah stopped for a drink                a game or two

in the basement                             pumping and cracking
billiard balls                                    I curl into a corner pocket

stripes or solids
___________________________________forgot by now

they say there is no shame at all                             no shame
in a body hollowing the snapping                           of another body

if you find yourself thinking about it                         even if sometimes
yeah if you come back here all the time                    you know I know

Art by Sirena Hildebrand



Nicholas Brown is a first-generation Mexican American. He was awarded the Agha Shahid Ali Scholarship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown to attend a workshop with Gregory Pardlo and is a finalist for the 2017 Tin House Summer Poetry Scholarship. His poetry appears, or is forthcoming, in 45th Parallel and After the Pause. He works as a technical writer.

Art by featured artist Sirena Hildebrand.

Monsters and Lace was created by Sirena the Mermaid and Chris the Troll. They live in Lancaster, PA, with their many plant children, such as Mary the Mint and Bert the Dracaena. On any given day, you might find them romping through the forest, toting reflectors, camera gear, smoke grenades, and who knows what other props. The aim, is to tell a story via pictures, whether it be a hard road a friend has travelled, or a light hearted children’s tale. To view the world through a lens is a beautiful thing! To capture someone’s soul within a photo is a hard task, but one they aim to master.