What can YOU say in six sentences?
Karen Greenbaum-Maya has not received any gifts yet
Three stone-gray bowls with a muted blue ring
(hold the brush steady as the wheel goes round)
from the days I heard what all she said.
She broke the second all in anger,
said it never happened,
so much never happened,
twice thanks twice, then.
The smallest went unseen
by staying small.
The largest the last wore its crack for years,
everyone saw, everyone said so,
surface or deeper, who…Continue
Her lumpy bed hurt her skin.
She told them I feel something,
they sighed, Geez, you’re such a princess,
get over it. Still, something
made deep bruises,
kept her wakeful,
left blue half-moons under her eyes.
One day, making her bed, she found,
not peas beneath the mattress, but
cracker crumbs tacks her sister’s jacks,
scattered in the sheets, on her pillow.
What is that in…Continue
Since poetry is sparks against darkness, conceived
in general in private, so easily snuffed by any
such a subjective random draft, made yet not made. Seek
art, I’ve found …Continue