ISSUE FIVE: My Laser Style | ←first poem


Cathryn Cofell

To feel or exhibit Colin Firth
at an increasingly steady pace.
The heart with a buzz on.
The seduction of a bodice,
sound of a bodice ripping.
A gay bar in Sarasota, Fl.,
or the act of entering
said bar in Sarasota.

747 vibration, middle seat,
limited view of first class.
Migraine aura—
yellow, white, yellow, black.
Midnight, ocean, woman in freestyle,
great white rising.
The corpse of a mouth, as in:
her crown throbbed with abscess.

Middle school son, practicing
bass drum, Quad City Stomp.
The pum pum of his pulse
snugged against my shoulder,
my shoulder against his pulse.
Stripped away, the absence.

Cathryn Cofell of Appleton, Wisconsin is the author of Sister Satellite (Cowfeather Press) and six chapbooks, and performs her poems to the music of Obvious Dog on Lip. She serves on the WI Poet Laureate Commission and has helped launch Verse Wisconsin, the Fox Cities Book Festival and WFOP Chapbook Prize. Visit her at or on Twitter @CatCofell.

ISSUE FIVE: My Laser Style | ←first poem

ISSUE FIVE: My Laser Style

Geramee Hensley
   November is an anagram
     for fishhook

Taunja Thomson
   Skull, My Former

Rachel J. Bennett
   Level with Animals
   Field Dressing
     My Favorite Animal

   For the Programmer

Sean M. Conrey
   Alan Lomax Translation No. 1:
      Nimrod Workman, 'Mother
      Jones Will' (1983)

   Alan Lomax Translation No. 2:
      "Belton Sutherland's
      Field Holler" (1978)

Heather McNaugher
   Nature & Environmental
     Writing Workshop

Thea Goodrich
   Keynes & Keats as the Keystone
     Cowboy: Infinite Iterations

Vanessa Couto Johnson

Raymond Farr
   Encroachment on a Dry Source

Kristin LaFollette
   The Burial

Anna Kreienberg
   a tornado poem

Alejandro Escudé
   A Proper Pressurized Blast

Cathryn Cofell