Daily Archives: August 30, 2018

tuam bones, by Reuben Woolley

when we are the monsters
in my bright
shadows the bells
don’t ring
………………..don’t bleed
a soft song & children
hear
……….unworded where
they lie

……………..my son

…………….my daughter.it left
its bones behind

…………….strangling

………………………………the doctor said

would be kinder

The Children of Tuam, by Rachael Clyne

I am not a silent poet

Piteous is a potent word
for unwanted, unfed,
too weak to cry.

In a shit-pit of shame,
lie eight-hundred stains
on Bon Secour piety.

No smiley peekaboos
no gagagagas
stains don’t giggle

In the bowels of Christ
tiny bones mingle
whisper like flutes

until plump children
apple-scrumping
uncover their truth.

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Crossroads, by Stella Wulf

I am not a silent poet

You dare to dice with me, pitch your luck against mine?
Fuck the crossroads, you say, we’ll deal anywhere
with our stash of slur and slander, our stock of false news,
alternative facts, inflammatory views.

..
Fools, with your consuming religion of hubris and greed!
My advocates are legion, a cloven clatter, thronging corridors,
halls, city squares, to the blare of rallying horns.
It behoves you to fear me.
..
I don’t care for the foul rot of your newsprint mulch,
its smutty, acerbic smoke, I won’t scuff my hooves
scratching for crumbs of a creed that’s already mine,
to broker a deal for your worthless souls.

No matter that the fires of hell are choked with ash,
the vapour of pulp fiction, or that the damned
no longer burn in torment, but warm their bones
at dying pyres.
..
You stoke your own hell on the lands you’ve ravaged,

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SITE PLAN/CONDITIONAL USE, by Julie Naslund

I am not a silent poet

shall relate harmoniously to the natural environment and existing development
with that said, I am again caught off guard by the mischaracterization of opposing counsel
…………………………………………………………………………….(trill of blackbirds in the cattails)

I’m seeking a fair process for my client
minimizing visual impacts and preserving natural features
………………………………………………………(sunlight as it passes through aspen leaves, green)

that certainty was not the claimed basis
having ostensibly a superior relationship with and access to staff
………………………………………………………………………………….(in the pine tree, owlets beg)

maintains that your order gives him the right to wait in the weeds to respond
there is no rat. I am not a snake hiding in the weeds
……………………………………………..(tiny bird shaped shadow crosses from willow to elm)

to buffer and screen portions of the parking lot
the applicant finds this criterion shall be met
………………………………………………………………….(the greenest green, the bluest blue)

all exterior lighting shall be shielded so that…

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