“Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning”

It looks like dancing the merengue, 

 

like reading Anna Karenina on a tablet in the dark car, 

the window’s greening glow against the night. 

 

Or: like the horse in the stall waiting for the gun 

and the gate

Rachel Richardson is the author of two books of poems, Copperhead (2011) and Hundred-Year Wave (forthcoming 2016), both from Carnegie Mellon University Press. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University. Her poetry and prose appear in Guernica, New England Review, Kenyon Review Online, the Rumpus, and elsewhere. A contributing editor at Memorious, she lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Wabi Sabi

侘寂 

 

To love a thing

whose demise

you can foresee:

a swallow flying

through a windstorm, 

a teapot cracked.

 

A lopsided house,

stone roof off

center, leftmost stilts

sinking. Inside,

a couple

stacking bowls

in downward-sloping

cupboards, sleeping

Brianna Noll recently received her PhD from the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and serves as poetry editor of The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought, which she helped found. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review Online, Hotel Amerika, Puerto del Sol, and the American Book Review.

Cloud Study

Clouds, come down to sleep in the treetops— 

if you’ve seen the pines’ wide boughs 

 

cradle the snow, even from a distance, 

you know they can hold you. Or float 

 

yourself into a roofless, falling-down barn 

and lie

Maggie Smith’s second book of poems, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press, 2015), was selected by Kimiko Hahn as the winner of the Dorset Prize. Smith is also the author of Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press, 2005)—winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award—and three prize-winning chapbooks, the latest of which is Disasterology (Dream Horse Press, 2013). A 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Smith has also received fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the Sustainable Arts Foundation.

The Pool

The MacEvoys had the pool dug out of their backyard in April of 1983. For three straight Saturdays in March, Bob Cobb and Dan Gray and Lee MacEvoy, in dungarees and sweatshirts, put their backs into saws and shovels and …

Kyle C. Mellen’s honors include the Alaska Literary Award (2015) and the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award (2012). Originally from Massachusetts, he lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Stamp Fever

Father’s latest gift to his 14-year-old son was in a box on which was printed THE GOLDEN GALLEON OF STAMPS, a cornucopia that guaranteed more than a thousand stamps from around the world. And accompanying it, an album, every …

Colette Inez, author of eleven books of poetry, has received numerous honors for her work—including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, two awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, two Pushcart Prizes, and three others from the Poetry Society of America, which recently announced a new prize in her name.