I’m excited to announce that
has nominated my poem “ Whale Road Review Porcupine Denies His Vulnerabilities” for the Best New Poets anthology! A huge thanks to Founder and Editor & Chief Katie Manning and Managing Editor Ellen Huang for the nod. Here’s the poem. Please go read (and submit to!) the lovely Whale Road Review.
He is monogamous, but always stands quill-
length from his mate. Only the pads of his foot
are naked, his tongue, the nervous sentinel
of his eye. When she cries, he whirrs
his bristles like rainfall on the dust-
packed savanna. She forgets
their distance. She burrows while he collects
the bone-wrought scaffolding of lesser
plantigrades, builds a shrine
to what is hard.
gender-themed issue this month is timely, given Caitlyn Jenner’s very public transition (and the responses thereto).
This is such a beautiful issue I’m not really sure what to feature, so here are a few things:
She watches my hands for me
and I try not to let them shake,
the force of blood pushing
When I drop the needle, she tells me
secrets can keep you safe,
but never as safe as trust.
Book of Days” by Amber Edmonson
You saw Steve
naked? I asked
my aunt in front
of her mother
over a bowl
of Cocoa Krispies,
as if nudity
was the worst of it.
Sex & Santa” by Katie Manning
Occasionally light from other cars muses through the foggy windows. After it’s over, Michael can hear sweat sliding down a cheek. He reaches out but nothing’s there. It takes him hours to find the word pain blooming inside him like pleasure.
The Fall of the Archangel Michael” by Michael Schmidt
Seriously, do not miss even a word of this issue, guest edited by
“Floating” by John Capps Jr. (Stirring’s cover image this month)