Jun 06


by Tomas kurth

half-six drizzle hints a day
through hems of unhung drapes
grey as needles billow off the pines

grey as pitch cascades hot to the sea

dawn peals back the mask of sleep
crema freckles your restful face
dew veins blue on bare daisy middles

wetting the petal of roman lips

rollover crowned with eye-green fruits
murmur the tiding of outside, ‘coucou’
dove or winged rat hungry for crumbs

how am i supposed to know?

slowly now, earth’s all anew, grown
of a peach pit sewn by a spider spun
in the canopy from a rusted out jalopy
mirror of failure martyred high on the hill
sudden flower
con-ed garlands cement
cloven by credit

and wildcarrot fawns

quick as time ends
the oolong gets tepid
wake up, already
the oysters are blind with laughing
good morning, dreaming dear
an orgy’s sincerely yours to order
thousands finger every hidden angle
thousands dangle grapes smooth as pearls
riches for she who rose up early and abrupt
ember hair ruptures the water, sets the sky afire
quarter after seven
the day’s already dry in the rafters
tea needs a reheat
come to me when the foreplay bores you
Patrick is a young American living in Berlin. He gave up his theses on international law and took up verse a few years back, with some quiet expectation of making witness testimony to a what-has-been; he has come since to find the form enriching. He recently earned his first publication credit, in the latest issue of The Watershed Review, with subsequent others now in circulation or forthcoming with Panoply and the FU Review, among others.
Art by Michelle Johnsen
Michelle Johnsen (art editor) is a nature and portrait photographer in Lancaster, PA, as well as an amateur herbalist and naturalist. Her work has been featured by It’s Modern Art, Susquehanna Style magazine, Permaculture Activist magazine, EcoWatch.com, EarthFirst! Journal, Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, and used as album art for Grandma Shake!, Anna & Elizabeth, and Liz Fulmer Music. Michelle’s photos have also been stolen by AP, weather.com, The Daily Mail, and Lancaster Newspapers. You can contact her at mjphoto717 [at] gmail.com.