Steven Cramer

Steven Cramer

To Francis Jammes In a manner, we all pray. So I’ve walked out at 6 a.m.into the sound and look of things.Arc lamps hum in the city park,and accepting resistance,swallows lift in a sudden breeze.What presses against me now?Francis Jammes, you prayed to be...
They Promised Me a Cosmopolitan

They Promised Me a Cosmopolitan

We’ve added The Book Tavern in Augusta, GA–a great Indie bookstore. When I visited to ask if they’d carry Matthew Graham’s The Geography of Home as well as our current issue of Free State Review the manager said maybe, but first they wanted to...
Matthew Graham

Matthew Graham

Our poetry consultant, Edgar Gabriel Silex, says: “Walt Whitman was a racist who called African Americans ‘baboons.’ White scholars attempt to dismiss his racism by claiming ‘everyone back then was racist.’ Here’s a note to all...
Steven Cramer

Steven Cramer

Bitter Exercise Sit up, lie down, sit up, lie down, runaround and around the blockuntil a little of myself is leftat each corner. The dogs know it and try to help,nipping at my feet to speed me up, snarling my path into wider, aching circles.The best pain’s...
Sarah Gorham

Sarah Gorham

Alice in the Rabbit’s House I’ll call you Alice, unborn childrumbling in my sleep, productof a distant summer’s urge. Now I amstuffed to the gills, a house puffed upby someone’s mischievous lips.It all happened so fast– the closing...