harp & altar

new issue: Harp & Altar #5

Poetry by Stephanie Anderson, Jessica Baron, Julia Cohen, Claire Donato, Elizabeth Sanger, Peter Jay Shippy, and G.C. Waldrep; prose by Joshua Cohen, Evelyn Hampton, Lily Hoang, Peter Markus, and Bryson Newhart; Patrick Morrissey on John Taggart and Matthew Henriksen on Anywhere; Michael Newton’s gallery reviews; and artwork by A.L. Steiner + robbinschilds.


from the Henriksen piece:  >>A curious aspect of some modern and contemporary poetry resides in an odd rhetorical device through which the poet asserts an axiomatic phrase that is neither fully literal nor ironic, but embodies a certitude in the reality of the statement. Roethke thus announces: “An eye comes out of the wave. / The journey from the flesh is longest. / A rose sways least.”<<


“There are apologies I am too” by Claire Donato (complete poem)


The night you leave, I write tourist across my stomach with regard

to everything I’ve ever done. Later, I read cities could conserve by

shutting off their lights. There are apologies I am too

close to understand. How I pass my days? Try to go to sleep. No

room can numb someone with blue across her back.

Or, replace everything that’s lost. You have to pass the time.


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December 19th, 2008 / 11:27 am