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TWO POEMS BY CARRIE LASKI

FIVE POEMS BY LAURA PAUL
April 8, 2019
THREE POEMS BY KIMBERLY WEGEL
April 10, 2019
wish we were watching a movie
the heater kicks off
then on
did it snow last night? did I dream about you?
if you can, remember me when I was better than this
when I had six fingers on each hand
and turned cartwheels like a pro
I would smile then
(a lot, I think)
pushing mineral water up and down the aisles
wishing for cloud fever
or lakesides an hour outside of town
a time better in reverse
(as most are)
to quote Angel Olsen—
nah, forget it—
please turn your attention towards the table where I have laid
the grilled pork, Russian salad
and Bajadera sweets

 

 

looks good to me. this is fine. approved.
hosting angels is easy when you’re all alone
no
complications
till they go off and invite you to gatherings
specifically! mentioning who will not be present
you’ve forgotten
the scourge of December in previous years
wrecking you and decorating you
with an excess of vowels you cannot spit out
wishing you could
let someone complete your sentences for you
or even!
pull words from your throat when your tongue is otherwise occupied
searching the walls for thumbtacks
(leftover)
and yet
heel-to-snow feels better already
gold in your glass feels better
already
and I think this time I’ll
listen to the cards

 


Carrie Laski’s previous work has appeared in Peach Mag, Maudlin House, Spy Kids Review, Occulum Journal, and others. She is the creator of Pollen Road flash fiction periodical and currently living in Chicago.
Tweets at @heyy_carrie_ann ; @po11enroad
Website: serialfascinations.com