​#Poetry Wed: “[Shadow, you’ll travel to what waits ahead]” by Simone Muench & Dean Rader

Shadow, you’ll travel to what waits ahead
a house composed of snow, an empty bed.
If you linger before exposure
there will be marsh light, an open window,

a soft sound floating like a ghost above
the pond. Dear dark self,
this life is a glove
of matchsticks and sorrow. So, why do we
search so hard for that hand of gasoline?—”

Read the entire poem at Blackbird.

​#Poetry Wed: “Empty Conclusion” by Elee Kraljii Gardiner & Andrew McEwan

“One bedroom. Hallway a bare river-land.
Maudlin complaints are noisy stones in this leafless valley.
The tongue scarcely registers flavour when mossed
by indoor living. In this glass-covered stasis I rest…”

Read the entire poem at The Capilano Review.​

#Poetry Wed: “The Last Page” by Alan Michael Parker

“I have stopped reading the last page of novels—
now the horse drags the rider down the lane

and through the sugarcane field
to the impossibly brown sea

and that’s where they stop, just short.
Now the sun turns to look.

I have stopped believing what’s next…

…Oh, little bird, abide with me
before the stars go out,

before the handle turns,
before the floorboards creak awake…”

Read the entire poem at Copper Nickel.

#Poetry Wed: “Still Lifes and Landscapes” by Emily Wolahan

“Morning in the mountains. I am going down home
early. The road empty, wide, smooth as my hand.
Sun streams heavy bays of light. If I could remember one
use of beauty, the persistent type, on whole unhuman,
so much more space made for possible peace…”

Read the entire poem at The Georgia Review.