John McCullough

John McCullough

MOUSE AND MASTODON   Charles Willson Peale invited thirteen for dinner in a mastodon’s ribcage. Below tusks, a piano quickened air, men...
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Luke Kennard

Luke Kennard

Now language is a prison, / true communication is impossible, / our deepest desires remain eternally frustrated. // We are the flies nutting the closed window / next to the open window.

Martha Sprackland

Martha Sprackland

I am thinking of you, and the bees are drowning / in the pool. The whole surface is a ballroom, // the tiny pieces move and coruscate and the air / is sticky with humming...

Jack Underwood

Jack Underwood

I’d be attracted to people who had guns the same way / I am attracted to people I suspect don’t like me. // I would walk up to them shyly with my hands up / and ask for a hold. I’d say Hollowpoint or Wadcutter / as if they were the nicknames of our mutual friends.

Rebecca Perry

Rebecca Perry

When 
Sasquatch
 was 
found 
face
 down 
on 
a 
dual 
carriageway

 / the 
world 
united 
in
 a 
quiet 
and 
shameful 
silence.



photo: Nick Rosza

Jane Hirshfield

The rain is string / for wrapping a package no one knows / the inside of, they just keep trying to mail it.

Europe

Friday Pick: Seven European Literary Journals You Should Know

B O D Y recommends seven European and British literary journals: Poetry London, Versal, Cerise Press, The Dark Horse, Poetry Salzburg, Blackbox Manifold and Cake.

David Cooke 4

David Cooke

the bright beads / of his eyes swivelling / remorselessly // from one catastrophe / to another. And this / is what, so far, // has kept him alive

Jack Underwood

Jack Underwood

"And since you already have a street in mind and perhaps a breed of dog, / a colour of lead, or the kind of coat the man is wearing, why not become / the man dragging a dead dog on a lead behind you? Why not try..."

Derek Mahon 2

THE POEM: David Cooke on Derek Mahon’s “The Snow Party”

"What is certainly clear is that ‘The Snow Party’ is a minor masterpiece in which Mahon has gained maximum effect from minimum means by developing one central image."

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