Gnashing Teeth Publishing

| words that get in your teeth

I’ve Often Wondered by Ralph Culver

I’ve often wondered if, over time, I’ve kissed every square
inch of your body. It troubles me to think that
there might be even the smallest portion of you my
lips have not honored. I imagine you giving off a
steady telltale glow, a sapphirine iridescence, anyplace my mouth has
come in contact with you, making it easier to isolate
and identify those minute segments that have suffered from my
unintended neglect. There: an unlit spot the size of an
eleven-point lowercase “o” between the third and fourth toes of
your left foot! Hungrily, gratefully, I lift your lustrous ankle.

BIO: Ralph Culver divides his time between Vermont and central Pennsylvania. His most recent poetry collection is A Passable Man (MadHat Press, 2021), available in bookstores and all the usual internet channels.

Goodnight, Taj Mahal by Andre Peltier

Deep below earth, clay and sand, deep below roots and aquifers, it lies in wait. Like that silent coyote stalking her white-tailed deer through the brush, it waits patiently and

contain by Megan Cartwright

verb past tense: contained; past participle: contained 1. have or hold (someone or something) within. Similar: hold carry To have and to hold in our own microcosm, constructed of hope.

Listening to Words by Mona Mehas

Listening to words out of touch cross lily pads, one to the next my rules, a tiny picture frame debt of honor, repay the gift. Headlights illuminate the path listening

Blooming by Elizabeth Gade

Some days are easy and some days are exhausting the days you have to dig through the muck inside take more hits than a heavyweight prize fighter cling to life

Pomegranate Rose by Laura Peña

I want to feed this delicacy To my concubine A tiny spoonful at a time I want to watch the luscious sorbet Linger on the tip of her tongue Melt


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