Sunday, February 27, 2011

Natasha Kessler [Part Two]



















Skull House



The angel above your home
doesn’t even know your name.
She loses the pig
under cracking floorboards,
dresses the deer in pearls,
polishes screws in your skull.

She tells you Don’t disturb the bird
inside your fake leg.
Blue feathers aren’t really
blue, they are brown or black.
Mothers forget to teach this sometimes,
forget loneliness is an acquired taste,
invisible light waiting to meet our eyes.


Natasha Kessler is a graduate student in the University of Nebraska's MFA program. She co-edits the online poetry journal Strange Machine and enjoys collaging when she is not poeming. Her poetry has appeared in PlainsongsPlains Song ReviewAlligator JuniperSub-litSugar House Review, and Grey Sparrow.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Natasha Kessler















CITY LAMB


There is an alligator at your feet
and before you see it

you step inside its mouth until
you fit all the way inside.

This is a safe place. Don’t think
now about reentering the city,

lengths of coffee shops, ghost birds,
impossible children at your feet.

A lamb in your arms licks at its leg.
A lamb in your arms is never just a lamb.


Natasha Kessler is a graduate student in the University of Nebraska's MFA program. She co-edits the online poetry journal Strange Machine and enjoys collaging when she is not poeming. Her poetry has appeared in PlainsongsPlains Song ReviewAlligator JuniperSub-litSugar House Review, and Grey Sparrow.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Christine Herzer [Part Three]



Christine Herzer is a poet and visual artist. She lives in India.  New work is forthcoming in boo journal, Blackbox Manifold, Inertia and Moon Milk Review Anthology 2011She is the author of the e-chapbook, i wanted to be a pirate, from H_NGM_N Books, and holds an MFA in Poetry from the Bennington Writing Seminars.