#67 NEW MEXICO FRAGMENTS (4-9) by Valerie Martinez

4. Seeing O’Keeffe’s “Patio Door” we cannot but think of the tongue, the tongue on fire. It floats, as does the oblique darkness of door, the adobe wall going left, the sky’s blue mist lifting. Here is the eye’s ruse, suspension, the leaf gone green and hot yellow. The breath. The utter silence. Gone aloft. … More #67 NEW MEXICO FRAGMENTS (4-9) by Valerie Martinez

#66 GEORGIA O’KEEFE’S COW’S SKULL WITH CALICO ROSES, 1931 by Andrea Bates

As if it were a bolero she strung around her neck when she wanted death to come close, but not to claim her, cool feel of the skull against her collarbone, dried white roses at her breast, milky whiteness a reminder of the mothering she had not done except to mix the paints as lovingly … More #66 GEORGIA O’KEEFE’S COW’S SKULL WITH CALICO ROSES, 1931 by Andrea Bates

#64 Enchanted Skies by John C. Mannone

La noche es un mundo que la misma noche alumbra* — Antonio Porchia Over desert grass and creosote bush, clouds glide as giant monsters, and soon the stars will cry in glittered protest. They snake by feet of constellations kings and warriors who cavort the forest black chasing dragons and demons of mythical night. From amphitheater hills, I watch … More #64 Enchanted Skies by John C. Mannone

#61 On Returning to Tent Rocks with Friends by Jennifer Lynn Krohn

An exaggeration of memory: trails once speckled with obsidian pebbles, now dirt. Hikers filled their pockets with black glass tears, nothing left, like wildflowers driven to extinction by nature lovers pressing petals between dry pages.  The cave, pocket of shade on the sunny cliff face, always wore the scars of graffiti— lovers scratching names into … More #61 On Returning to Tent Rocks with Friends by Jennifer Lynn Krohn