"...not caring if she closed on me forever."

More Perihelion:

Issue 8: The Lily

Issue 7: Passages

Issue 6: No More Tears

Bob Sward's Writer's Friendship Series

Book Reviews



A quick list to poets featured in this issue:

Valarie Duff

Nick Flynn

Jim Behrle

Fred Marchant

Jacob Strautmann

Vera Kroms

Henry Israeli

Daniel Gutstein

Joyelle McSweeney

David Dodd Lee

Daniel Bosch

Michael Perrow

Luljeta Lleshanaku

Miklós Radnóti

Nikolai Baitov

Drago Stambuk

Zafer Senocak

Nick Flynn


What village, abandoned, what
farmland, a house you move toward,

how will it announce itself?

A light dim in the upper window,
a baby born open-eyed &

full of words? Years pass, look

around you. This garden,
overgrown. This glass box. There must be somewhere

else, but how
will you recognize it? Archangels

came down once, ordered bees to build
honeycomb in your mouth.
Where you found yourself

was home. What comes down now?



Clover whispers, each
lavender globe. Given these nine

days in the fields, then our wings

are shot. Day three
I came upon an orchid, hidden in
a stand of pine, newly opened,

mouth wide,

a lacy white corridor, heaven
after the gloom of the hive. Stumbling
inside, the scent

pulled me deeper, not caring

if she closed on me forever. Don't say
our lives are hard. I would have gladly

died inside her.