Jose Padua

I give to you a portrait of America in trash. I give it to you with love and respect, America:   mountains of beer cans crumpled, plastic figures with fallen action, black velvet portraits of Elvis   with...

Emily XYZ

This is a piece that first came to me in probably 2003, when I was living in Evanston IL, not too far from Joliet. I heard someone say , "we're going to a casino in Joliet," and it just lit up something in my mind. This is...

Jose Padua

                      If Connie is short for Constance is Bon- nie then short for Bonstance? Was the proper name, then, of the bank robbing team of the 3...

Ron Kolm

We’ve just left Your best friend’s house And so far It’s been a pretty good day. “Hey, I think your buddy Has the hots for me,” I joke. Out of the corner of my eye I see you pop open The glove compartme...

Jose Padua

The earliest memories I have are a morning when I was four or five in 1962 or 1963, putting on my shoes in our old apartment on “S” Street before going out to play, standing on the cobblestones in Williamsbur...

Emily XYZ

Emily XYZ here w/ my first post to Sensitive Skin blog. Great to be here. I moved back to the east coast Sunday night after 10 years in the midwest. Had just got cats & clothes in from car and was settling in for the ...

Jose Padua

I could write a poem about Thelonius Monk by saying how he bent notes, or how Uri Geller bent spoons, how his jagged rhythms took   you by surprise, how it’s hard to believe these phrases, or by tryin...

steve dalachinsky

rear window 1 she’s in her underwear she’s fixing the curtain she just took a shower she’s vacuuming the house she’s talking on the phone finally that stool is occupied she smokes with her left hand while d...

Lyn Lifshin

ROSE when it’s behind my knees you’d have to fall to the floor, lower your whole body like horses in a field to smell it. White Rose, Bulgarian rose. I think of sheets I’ve left my scent in as if to stake a c...