Feb 01

the obvious/as I’ve accidentally put both hands up/ex nihlio

by Heikki Huotari


the obvious

The   cubic    foot   of   air   will    fill    the
basketball but for a time – the basketball
will flatten and the air  will  find  another
home,  perhaps  another  paradigm.  For
pointing out the obvious I’m  asking  for
forgiveness and for having failed  before
to ask permission. My scenario is one of
hundreds  –  I  just  hope  there  will  be
magic in the details.


as I’ve accidentally put both hands up


Gratitude and  grief,  two  teachers,  call
on  me  but,  my   bone   buttons  on  the
wrong side, I might need an alter ego to
undo them. When you say Tomato I say
It’s  a  fruit.  Now   to  the   thing   that’s
crawling   on   my   neck   I   say   You’re
crawling on my  neck! The  thing  that’s
crawling on my neck says This to me  is
walking. Gratitude and grief, I’d employ
one of each. I’d always have one cake to
decorate, one saint to take the fall.


ex nihlio

There is a place for every vertebrate and
every vertebrate is  in its place and I will
never   either   levitate    capriciously   or
lightly   instruct  others    in    capricious
levitation.    All     affected     hearts    are
hardened once  the new  moon  turns its
face away and I  say  only  two  can  play
and I say  what’s  to  keep  the  one  who
loved from wanting nothing?

Heikki Huotari is a retired professor of mathematics. In a past century, he attended a one-room country school and spent summers on a forest-fire lookout tower. His poems appear in numerous journals, recently in The Journal and The Penn Review, he’s the winner of the 2016 Gambling the Aisle chapbook contest. Forthcoming books will be published by Lynx House, Willow Springs and After The Pause.


Art by Issue 9 featured artist, Emily Truman

Emily has displayed work at various galleries, including “Nasty Women” in Philadelphia and “Vulvacular” in Chelsea, NYC. In addition to being in the process of becoming a teaching artist with South Central PaARTners through Millersville University, Emily holds a free monthly bring-your-own-everything collage workshop at Lancaster Art Studios, and teaches monthly workshops at The Candy Factory. Follow her on instagram at @collage__dropout.