Articles by Poetry Editor

Poems curated by FORTH poetry editors.


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A Different Love: Poetry by Neil Shah

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in loving milieu I’ll dance upon broken boards over bogs that smoke gently in the evening, over rib-cages patched with the enamored and concussed, in such dimly lit admiration I’ll press my tongue into your wine glass, into the almost empty can you hold between your knees, dented, compressed, and full of your spit.  …

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Erasure Beauty: Poetry by Ana Prundaru

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open me first   narrow commitments within me second   bind sharpness outside blurred sex third   dress the new strength   the way of originals Ana Prundaru is the author of Anima (dancing girl press, 2018). She has contributed creative work to DIAGRAM, New England Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, among others. Born in Bucharest,…

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Sweet and Centered: Poetry by Anna Ter-Yegishyan

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Crimson, cool, crescent: I stare at the bowl. Not into it, but at it. The bowl isn’t fishing for compliments, but I need to characterize it to peacefully dismantle its inanimateness. What it needs is unanimity.   The bowl waits to be filled. She calls it a womb for fruits and fingers. A thing to…

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Car Thoughts: Poetry by Craig Patrick

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take any exit that leads beyond the line of trees that guards this highway like occupation soldiers   past construction zones and horn blast hysteria speed trap surveillance and brake light surprise   toward the low-lying sun that marks the horizon like a lidless eye or better still – fly   for the sake of…

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Dancing with Words: Poetry Book Review

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I won’t deny it: I’m a sucker for love poems. Sad love. Happy love. Unsure-if-this-is-love love. Familial love. Big love. Small love. Heartbreaking love. Everyday love. And when it comes down to it, what in life doesn’t really come back to love, in any of its shapes and forms? Now, this is not to say…

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Secrets in Nature: Poetry by Alice Bliss

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Walking Through a Garden on a Sunny Day   Stone bench by slow rill adrift in sunlight, shadows weaving limply through. Thoughts of home, past and future, and the promise of bamboo.   Bamboo bends softly like the curve of an elbow, gracefully resting. Catch glimpses of your face be- tween the click of closing…

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