ISSUE 31 has arrived, chock-full of strange and beautiful work.
Join us at our Spring Launch Party on April 6th, 7-9 PM, at the Lillian Vernon House (58 West 10th, New York, NY).
Readings by Rachel Zucker, Ana Božičević, & John Oliver Hodges.
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Red Tulips, then Asphodel
Was I ever truly happy, like some girl in a red tank top
eating sunlight in Spring?
Hard to say. If flowers are symbols of emotions,
it’s still hard to say.
What belongs, what goes, and which way. Did I once
feel like a tulip
bending gracefully toward its own root, its own death,
the lower my head
the more beautiful? Or was I ever showy like a peony
for one wild week,
sexed fully pink without blushing. What are emotions
anyway? Flowers die
not knowing. And yet our feelings lead us down that one
path we only ever take
deceptively edged with bloom after bloom after bloom.
Brenda Shaughnessy on “A Picture and a Poem” T Magazine