Melanie Du Bose

Paper Boats

They’re folded together so carefully these words,
which sink without a sound in a lake,
that is not really a lake,
but a blown up pool in someone’s front yard,
the neighbors sigh and close the curtains
wishing we’d keep our poverty and kids
in the backyard.

Melanie Du Bose writes and teaches filmmaking to teenagers in East Los Angeles.

Howie Good

Splay

I almost prefer the beach in winter,
no spluttering boats cluttering the outlook
& only an occasional slanderous dog
loping over the sand ahead of its owner,

the ocean seeming, if possible, bigger
& the light holier because so much emptier,

& even the bent blades of beachgrass
rusting along the crestline of the dunes
give off a kind of eccentric strength,

wild patches of hair on the pale,
papery scalp of the chemo patient.

Howie Good ‘s latest book of poetry collection is The Complete Absence of Twilight (2014) from MadHat Press. He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely, who does most of the real work.