Gnashing Teeth Publishing

| words that get in your teeth

Nom de flèche by James Cole

If I could stick an arrow into God,
spilled free from bow or empowered gray
with spire, run whooping raw in thunder,
dab with relish those puddles of the kill,
	then I would never need
	to be any better than I am. 
Fair shot, he’d say, but you’ve 
killed a quarry you cannot dress.
        I will take with me his ribs,
and raise buttresses. Hew the pleura
to frame my vault. Relieve the Pantocrator 
        in soft minuscules of stain.
For my sake, he’d say, I hope
you’re kidding. For my sake,
        I hope I am too.

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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