Nobility of Soul at Odds with Circumstance

February 18, 1924–January 17, 2011
A happy moment, New York City,
March 1983
The body—it is so sad what happens to it.
But all childhoods are hazardous.

Falling through a grey film of failed memory,
the children and their panic-stricken laughter.

And in the narrowing tunnel,
our earthly mother waiting sleeplessly
to yield the last half hour of precious light.

     Melissa Kwasny / Common Blue
     Chase Twichell / A Mysterious Heart
     Roberto Tejada / Dyspnea
     Rachel Loden / Five Minute Agoraphobic Holidays
     B. H. Fairchild / Flight
     Sydney Lea / The Blainville Testament
     May Sarton / A Country Incident


Young Werther Contemplates Wahlheim
     in the Clear Light of Day
(Fishouse Poets #3)

Patience, I suppose: how some things must be,
or be slowly executed. I
consider how the beloved’s
patient, eventual, brittle, misshapen
cracked talk, brothers to keep in shoes,
might end the ease of this hour.

     Karen Holmberg / Soft Shell Crab
     Matthew Zapruder / After Reading Tu Fu, I Emerge from a Cloud of Falseness
     Leslie McGrath / Hearing
     Carey McHugh / Instrument for Oversight
     Gibson Fay LeBlanc / Oakland Work Crew
     Molly Peacock / Picnic


Up Late
(Fishouse Poets #2)

Game after game in the flashlit dark.
In our world when a woman cries
No, here, yes here,
broken by yawns, exhausted,
at whose mercy are we?

     Nickole Brown / Riddle, Riddle Marie
     Mark Yakich / Green Zone
     Seth Michelson / Psalm 146
     John Olivares Espinosa / Riding with My Brother to the Dump
     Henrietta Goodman / Gretel in the Tunnel


This Week: Poets from the Fishouse

This week CENTORAMA offers baits and lures fashioned from poems by some of the amazing writers whose work is featured at From the Fishouse.

Tuesday / 1.11
Gabrielle Calvocoressi
Patrick Donnelly
Anthony Walton
Michael McGriff
Adrian Blevins
Oliver de la Paz

Thursday / 1.13
Nickole Brown
Mark Yakich
Seth Michelson
John Olivares Espinosa
Henrietta Goodman

Saturday / 1.15
Karen Holmberg
Matthew Zapruder
Leslie McGrath
Carey McHugh
Gibson Fay LeBlanc
Molly Peacock