A Poetry Mixtape Edited by Kristian Enright
I triage the landscape. The prairies
are numb today and so am I.
I am too thin. Built
like I won't explode on hot
afternoons, a mirror
to the sky. My...
1. 18 and Life
her friend takes her to
the guidance counselor...
Men prefer an island
With its beginning ended:
Undertones of waves
Men prefer a road...
this is the transsensorium
there are indo-robo-women fighting cowboys on the frontier
& winning finally
the premodern is a foundation for the postmodern
I only know rivers
Waters elongated to the unrumpled recitatif
of endless land
The Bow knows
Has tongued and grooved the firmament, baby,
gap tooth black girl
back corner of class
poetry on blank paper
save the school's
curriculum for later...
The other people quit their stone fields to come here.
They slip in from nights that even the snow abandons.
They leave ashes in their glasses
and stains on...
Not the music.
It is this other thing
I keep from all of them
that matters, inviolable.
I scratch in my journals,
a mouse rummaging...
I recited to him,
Now as I was young and easy,
and in the cough-afflicted wheeze that was left of my father’s voice,...
Well, it’s too long for one thing
and very repetitive.
Remove half the fields.
Then there are far too many fences
interrupting the narrative flow.
Blue-white afternoon. The Bow river churns and smokes
as the city rumbles, economy chokes and bundled homeless
build cardboard homes in the snow. Yes, Walt, this is the new...
power lines held by birds
of prey the hostile expanse above
ditches teeming floral invasive
late summer the shoulder sang...
We are currently adding to the Mixtape playlists, so check back soon and often! Send us your recitation of one the poems in this Mixtape, and we may add it to the Playlist!
- Sinner's Welcome, Mary Karr
- Black Abacus, Ian Keteku
- Stag's Leap, Sharon Olds
- This is How We Disappear, Titilope Sonuga
- The Gospel of Breaking, Jillian Christmas
- What Narcissism Means to Me, Tony Hoagland
- In the Lateness of the World, Carolyn Forche
- Human Chain, Seamus Heaney
- The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
- Notes from Childhood, Norah Lange