The Mask

by Mike Sherryinspired by Emily Kent’s demo-lesson I know what it is to wear a maskOr masks, for there is more than one My father’s explosive angerMy mother’s entrapping innocenceBut mostly the ingratiating snake: Love me or I lash outLet me…

Shell

by Mari Aviles a humble imitation of Ted Kooser’s “Abandoned Farmhouse” He is an older man, says his receding hairline and wrinkles that rest in the corners of his eyes; A poor, older man, say the ill-fitting dentures, removed to eat and…