Send us your poetry for POET OF THE WEEK consideration. Click here for submission guidelines.
Nicole Rollender’s work has appeared in The Adroit Journal, Alaska Quarterly Review, Best New Poets, Memorious, Muzzle Magazine, The Journal, THRUSH Poetry Journal, West Branch, Word Riot and others. Louder Than Everything You Love (ELJ Editions, 2015) is her first full-length poetry collection. She’s the author of the poetry chapbooks Arrangement of Desire (Pudding House Publications, 2007), Absence of Stars (dancing girl press & studio, 2015), Bone of My Bone, a winner in Blood Pudding Press’s 2015 Chapbook Contest, and Ghost Tongue (Porkbelly Press, 2016). Rollender, who’s based in Williamstown, NJ, has received poetry prizes from CALYX Journal, Ruminate Magazine and Princemere Journal. Visit her online at www.nicolerollender.com.
The following work is Copyright © 2016, and owned by Nicole Rollender and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Even the Living Can Haunt
Through the window glass, the light cast its own kind
I first realized I wouldn’t always see my grandmother slicing
dress. Among the trees inching back to brown, then dropping
Later, holding her as a spirit, so quiet that for a moment I thought
and bright, a candle burst, and then all night, nothing. And for
in or out. Yet, in my latest poem a girl shakes her crinolines outside,
the chain. That’s why I write this lightning-struck tree as beautiful,
the saints’ beloved city rained upon with flames, God’s name shut
ashes across the page. And my own ghost singing in my throat,
J. H. Johns
J. H. Johns “grew up and came of age” while living in East Tennessee and Middle Georgia. Specifically, the two places “responsible” for the writer that he has become are Knoxville, Tennessee and Milledgeville, Georgia. Since then, he has moved on to Chicago- for a brief stint- and New York City- for a significantly longer stay. Currently, he is “holed up” in a small town where when he is not writing, he tends to his “nature preserve” and his “back forty.” His goal is to surround his house with all sorts of vegetation so as to obscure it from the gaze of the “locals.” He is assisted in this task by his coonhound buddy and companion, Roma.
The following work is Copyright © 2016, and owned by J. H. Johns and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
There Was a Time
There was a time