Poetry

Draught of Ambrosia

June 19, 2020

Caught withina glass of chardonnay,held aloft between thevalley of my palms:a globe of cobalt blue, iris, an abandoned sky. Speak, Daughter of Atlas.Tell them howwhen the rain comes, only the thirst on one sideof the mountain will be quenched. These words of an oraclemurmured over the mindless babbleof cocktail talk — clinking crystal and fountains trickling in the […]

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When Pandora Burns

June 12, 2020

Created as a foil for mankind /
this beautiful mess /
is — in truth — a beautiful box.

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(Short-Term) Darkness

May 22, 2020

Obscure, vivid, blithely navigating the everyday apocalypse — Wongoon Cha’s poem “(Short-Term) Darkness” perfectly captures the bewilderment, alienation and bemused persistence of this modern world.

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A marriage of cats

October 23, 2018

Extravagance, vanity, disruption and the dreary fascinations of would-be celebrity weddings are revealed as essentially absurd in poet Tim Xonnelly’s abstruse contribution to The Fabulist.

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Lead Into Gold

September 25, 2018

Liana Kapelke-Dale, explores sweetly feverish inversions of fairy tale endings, and is always seeking liberation, in her poem “Lead Into Gold.”

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Portland Head Light, May 1973

September 17, 2018

“They say / seven men and heavy ropes were needed / to bring me up. The gulls, they say, / cloud-hovered around the squalling, / unfurred thing, but never pecked. / They say they couldn’t find a priest or / even minister to baptize me.” Poet Devon Miller-Duggan makes her Fabulist debut with this haunting, vivid prose poem of sea changes rich and strange.

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