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A poem from Helen Townsend

How We Know Things by Helen Townsend It is strange to see the sky dismantled and lowered toward the ground. Pieces of fictional sky in the real sky, each billboard chunk hangs from a cord. As I imagine a blue topaz dangling from the thinnest of white gold chains, that’s when I make eye contact with you And I wonder are eyes eyes Yours like green glass held up to the sun Perhaps you see a green sea of milk, a turtle floating there with a universe on its back is grief grief Did you howl in the corner of the orchard the day you understood divorce means Daddy is leaving Like I did in the shower the day I left my Dad’s prostate-ridden body in a bed someone would too quickly clean for another old man to die in is wonder wonder Did you delight in the exquisite taste of a pumpernickel bagel the day after your first time with love and are you convinced this new space in your body is big enough to hold many worlds, to carry truth everybody can see Bio: Helen

My Big Fat Gay Marriage Issue, Resolved

by Bryn Douglas Marlow             The minister signed our marriage certificate with a flourish, then said, “One of you needs to sign here as ‘husband’ and one over here as ‘wife.’” It was 2005. Dave and I were wed in Canada on our ninth anniversary as a couple, soon after Ontario legalized same-sex marriage—so soon that gender-neutral forms were not yet available.             When we returned to the U.S. our marital status lodged in the Twilight Zone. It’s still there. We believe we’re married. A whole vast country north of us believes we’re married. But what happens in Canada stays in Canada. According to those with saying power, Dave is married to nobody. Guess what that makes me.             Being nobody wears on a person. Researchers have long documented the negative effects of the stigma of homosexuality on gay people. Recent studies show that residing in a U.S. state that outlaws same-sex marriage has a direct, adverse effect on the mental health of lesbians and gay m

A poem from Helen Townsend

Dusting Antiques the Day We Buried You by Helen Townsend           “Death is the opposite of time.” --Deng Ming-Dao I wish instead of laying you in a hole we could tuck you into this tall-as-a-man, weigh t- driven German-designed clock. Eight copper alloy layers like a cake reserved for grand events the middle tiers hold silver doors and dancers enter, exit, twirl on the hour, each like a moon flung around a single, familied earth. If I knew alchemy I could haul you from that pine bed cast you to handheld size, tune you to metal clockwork, watch you keep the time as you go on defying it. Bio: Helen Townsend lives in Indianapolis. “One of my favorite things is sitting down to write or revise, and when I look at the clock, hours have gone by. Everyone who writes or makes art or has a great conversation has experienced that. It feels like a glimpse of eternity.”

Sphinx the Hunter, a tale of discovery

By Robin Lovelace I have a black cat named Sphinx. Actually, she is Antoine’s cat. But Sphinx still lives here, Antoine does not.   A three year marriage and I loved Antoine, truly loved him, but he didn’t believe me. He said I couldn’t really love him . . . or anybody else for that matter. I met Antoine when I needed a lawyer to defend me from a hit and run charge. Yes I was guilty. Yes I hit someone and left the scene. Only because I was late for work and I didn’t need an arrest on my record and I sure didn’t need the insurance problems. Later on, we discovered the guy I hit was drunk. He was riding a moped. Swerved out in the street before I could push on the brakes and I had no previous record. The drunken moped driver lived but had to be in a wheelchair. Actually, it worked out pretty good for him. He didn’t die and he was eligible for disability checks so he could sit in his little house and drink up the rest of his little life. I got six months suspended and had to pay a