When asked which apparatus he would prefer, he answered, “Truck.” His father had been on a truck. He had been a tillerman on the hook-and-ladder. When two fire apparatuses collided during a run, his father became pinned under the wheels of the engine. He spent nearly a year in recuperation. Ever after he carried tire marks across his chest and shoulder. The candidate began his training on Truck 66 in Uptown.
This week's Excerpt is a Pushcart nominee, Phillip Watts Brown, with his thoughtful work, "Boy With Flowers in His Mouth" from Issue #18.
We thought the chestnuts—on the sidewalk of Steele Street—were going to waste. “I wish,” I’d said to Alison. “I wish we could do something with these.” The clacking handfuls.
A finalist in the upcoming Best New Poets anthology, this week's excerpt is Jessica Yuan's poem "Disorientation." Let us know what you think, won't you?
But when the smallest girl reaches into her Cheese Doodles and the plastic bag cracks into a cut then a sliver and then rips in two, the powdered curls falling out into a sad orange pile, she looks at me, lip turning inward, about to give way. I reach for her, but in this moment, she needs him—the man who gave her those lean legs and left dimple and kinky curls and skin the color of autumn leaves.
This week's excerpt from our recent Issue 18 is a poem by Moncho Alvarado. A short and gentle work written to loved ones, it celebrates a bond that crosses the generations. Let us know what you think, won't you?
Questions asked by a thoughtful child in an elementary school are the beating heart for this week's excerpt of Matthew E. Henry (MEH)'s poem, "self-evident."
This week's except is Angel C. Dye's joyous poem, "Swing," from Issue 16. Highlighting music and dance as part of Dye's heritage, it may just sweep you off your feet.