(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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Carnations, Pigeons

July 1, 2017

“Carnations, Pigeons,” by Bainbridge Island poet Amanda Williamsen, finds a hapless heroine drifting skyward each night, her heaviness draining from her head like sand. Mornings, she wakes startled, fallen, back in bed. She wonders if her problem might be gas.

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November 5, 2015

Boise, Idaho, author and reference librarian Grove Koger brings us this heady, moody, mythic bit of verse, to inspire your own musings.

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