A Poem by Sierra Jacob

Caneland — VIII

What if I dreamed an ocean of sugar?
On the other side of every fence line, corridors
of watering ditches are only graves. Horse ribs
moon out of the grass. Pyres of cat fur. I knew
two girls missed after a week of rain. Both
bodies were found miles away from their back
yards—all I can imagine are pink inner-tubes deflated.
These are not for play. The set irrigation
runs a pair of falls through the gulch
behind our house. Call the dogs. Slit legs on
fields of sleeping grass. Cool everything
in the deep muddy pools for hours.

Sierra - Cover - Final - CopySierra Jacob‘s chapbook Caneland is now available from Atomic Theory Micro Press. Order your limited edition, hand-sewn copy now!

Sierra is an MFA graduate at the University of Montana, where she received the Richard Hugo Memorial Scholarship for poetry. Her poetry has appeared in Cream City Review, Sonora Review, Yemassee, The Louisville Review, Hawai‘i Pacific Review, Pacifica Literary Review, Pretty Owl Poetry, among others. Sierra is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. She was born and raised in Ha‘iku, Hawai‘i.


A Poem by Ross Robbins

kumquat – the fruit itself

There are, of course, layers upon layers.

There is the fruit itself, the experience

thereof. The two magnify each other

in turn until a bright hot spot begins

to smoke. The anthill is sent into a panic,

a leg flurry. I never ate a kumquat—

cannot say if you peel it or swallow it

whole like a carnival goldfish

slurped on a dare. Later you’d risk

your first kiss by the Zipper.

Just then the fireworks lit up the river.

You looked out there where hairy men

scurried the barge. “Kaboom,” you whispered,

                 imagining Death.

Ross - Cover - FinalRoss Robbins‘ chapbook The Book of Definitions is now available from Atomic Theory Micro Press. Order your limited-edition, hand-sewn copy now!

Ross is a poet and painter based in Portland, Oregon. His previous publications include I Want to Say How I Feel and be Done With It Forever (Bone Tax Press, 2013), All In Black Blood My Love Went Riding (Two

Plum Press, 2014), and in late 2017, Two Plum Press will release The Three E.P.s, a collection comprised of three sections excerpted from three different full-length manuscripts. His poems have appeared in many lovely journals including Assaracus, Hobart, The Nervous Breakdown, The Fanzine, and Forklift, Ohio.

Ross was the founder of Bone Tax Press and the Bone Tax Reading Series. A lifelong devourer of poetry, his influences are obvious and many. If you would like to read more of his work, find him online at rossrobbinspoetry.tumblr.com or inknode.com/RossRobbins.