First Love

by Julia Genkingerinspired by TBAWP 2020’s group discussion Falling in love for the first time is easyYour first companion, your first commitment to someone you care forYou’ve never been destroyed by love before.Love is joy.And when it ends your pieces…

Vigils

by Katharine Werthwineinspired by Courtney Nickel’s mini-lesson I remember the day you stumbled,Out of the airWhen your lungs sputter,Out of air. How I kept vigilThat night, brightenedBy the fire crackling down your spine.Your body crackled with pain,Your bones, kindling.  Today…

Sacred

by Lisa Inserra inspired by Mieke Valk's demo-lessonand with special thanks to The Goat Rodeo Allstars It was a Saturday night party of twenty-somethings in the 5th floor walk-up of Joe's midtown Manhattan apartment.  She rang the bell.  Joe excused…