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Flying Island Journal 3.29

Dear Flying Island Readers: Welcome to the 3.29 Edition of the Flying Island Journal! In this edition we publish poems by Edie Meade , Ken Honeywell , and David Garrison and creative nonfiction by Sarah Powley . Inspired to send us your fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction? For more info on how to submit, see the tab above. Thank you for reading, Flying Island Editors and Readers

Nocturne, a poem by Edie Meade

Nocturne i. My son wanted all evening all evenings  in fall to sit with me on the porch. He wanted  a bubble bath wanted to make Uno cards  from scratch though I was so tired wanted  pistachio pudding without the nuts. Snakes  and ladders popcorn each unconsummated  kernel accounted for and time on the stove clock  the microwave clock daring to be different  squared. Then when it was time he wanted  to sit on the porch lay his head in my lap kick  pillows off the futon he broke. I don’t remember  what I wanted. I remember the weight of him  his head on my stomach a pregnancy’s ghost  and us rising and falling together like ship and sea. ii. 2:35 a.m. a young man screams in the street  plaintive enunciated “Ouch!” an icicle piercing  the top of my head. Ouchouch help help  Mom helphelp oh ouch oh MOM MOM Where is my son is the Buick out front did he make it  home has he been shot stabbed cupping his own intestines  did he not pay the wrong person has he done it himself  with

Things I Put Away This Week, a poem by Ken Honeywell

Things I Put Away This Week The little tile table that summers on the porch, chipped but still serviceable; and the black folding chairs, even the ancient foam cushions, so brittle you could snap them in half, should have replaced them years ago—all tied up and stowed for the season—and the jute rugs, hose, umbrella, tiki torches, maybe an hour’s work. T- shirts, towels, the book I finished and reshelved, never to open again. Coffee cups, glasses, plates, half a cheese pizza, the ukulele I fully intended to teach myself to play. The idea of flying to Iceland in April, of ever moving to Spain. And a leash and a collar, a blanket and a bowl. And a life I locked in my heart, chipped but still beating, still tethered, still and tethered, still. Ken Honeywell is a retired writer and ad agency owner, Butler University graduate, and long-time Indianapolis resident. He is on several nonprofit boards and hosts Radio Free Book Club on WQRT-LP. His favorite book is John Crowley's Engi

Homage to Titian, a poem by David Garrison

Homage to Titian after a poem by Antonio Colinas I have seen your shades of gold  wavering in candle light;  your greens in Mediterranean daybreak over plum trees; your ochers in cancerous walls corroded by salt;  your blacks in grasping vines laden with death; your reds in every tile of Venice  and on the nails in crucifixions. David Lee Garrison was named Ohio Poet of the Year in 2014. His most recent book is Light in the River (Dos Madres Press).

Familiar Change, creative nonfiction by Sarah Powley

Familiar Change They’re right on time! I had been thinking the winter aconite would spring up late this year. We had low temperatures and significant snow just a few days ago. It was a fierce storm, but the melt came as quickly and as steadily as the snow itself, so the ground warmed and these welcome yellow promises of spring appeared on schedule.  Winter aconite are the first wildflowers in my garden, and they seem as eager as I for fresh air and sunshine. Members of the buttercup family, these cheery 6-petaled surprises grow low to the ground, protected by deep-lobed bracts that surround the flowers themselves. The whole plant—stem, bract, and flower—grows only three inches high. They don’t risk elevation for fear of freezing, I suppose. It’s still cold at night in February and March. I have emerged from my underground existence, too, and I went looking for spring on an unusually warm day last week. There’s a small bog in our town—it’s part of a city park—and the trails along the ed

Flying Island 2.23

Dear Flying Island Readers: Welcome to the 2.23 Edition of the Flying Island Journal! In this edition we publish poems by Charlotte Melin , Jared Carter , John Dorsey , and Karly Vance . Inspired to send us your fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction? For more info on how to submit, see the tab above. Thank you for reading, Flying Island Editors and Readers

After New Year’s Eve, a poem by Charlotte Melin

After New Year’s Eve Already gone the luminaries of New Year’s Eve that lighted the curving paths in the park, the forks to enter or exit. A chill has settled in, and silence. A neighbor lifts the undecorated tree into his truck, a few kids straggle over the green. Here and there a puff of steam exhales from  a heat vent. At one house the smell of laundry drifts over the sidewalk, reaching out as if we were  all tidying up together. No one is welcoming the months to come, the inevitable discord. Yet last night in the dark, the luminaries were so peaceful as they faintly flickered promises. Charlotte Melin grew up in Indiana and returns to visit. Retired from the University of Minnesota, she lives in Northfield and has published widely about German poetry, the environmental humanities, and teaching.

Breakdown, a poem by Jared Carter

  Breakdown And now, denouement , what you will.           Nothing will last, And everything’s a kind of thrill –           a sudden blast Of sound, heralding the king, who           moments before, Reprieved hyenas in the zoo,           advised the whore And lobbyist to squeeze together,           wrote off their debts, Proclaimed an end to sultry weather,           welched on all bets. Jared Carter lives in Indianapolis .        

Poem for Jeff Rudy, a poem by John Dorsey

Poem for Jeff Rudy i don’t know where you are now maybe your ponytail has gone gray  maybe your thick glasses  are smudged with the dust from old books & you can no longer see your way  out of the worry that comes with age maybe you no longer swim  in rivers flooded with thoughtfulness as far away as pittsburgh  or johnstown  where you once sang  about the mythology of weathered hands where i once dreamt of you painting your nails in a torn t-shirt reading while jim daniels it must have been a dream your shirts were always freshly pressed & you only read larry levis & ed ochester like it was a religion & when you extended your hand i took it  & it’s been over 30 years with you now somewhere lost in time & i’m still waiting for you  to let go. John Dorsey is the former poet laureate of Belle, Missouri and the author of Pocatello Wildflower . He may be reached at .

Poor Counsel, a poem by Karly Vance

Poor Counsel I cannot tell you If ice, when it’s thin and blooming  Is like a window pane; If, when you are very still, You can see walleye and pike Darting in the dull deep. I cannot ask you If ice, when it is thick, Can hold in any sound. Mouth to ear, mouth to mouth I hear It is remarkable how jealous  Even small lakes can be, How whole the seal. I cannot warn you How to know when the lake Will become a tired old woman Sweeping piles of Ice or rock or bone Onto the shoulder of the shore  I cannot teach you  How to find the right place To cut a hole in the ice. How even to begin?  What blade can control the cut? I hear that ice tears like skin (Mercurial) And heals like a warm shore (Scarless). Karly Vance grew up in Bay City, Michigan and studied writing at Hope College. Her writing has been published in journals including Common Ground Review, Dunes Review, Midwest Quarterly , and Madison Review . She lives with her husband and son in the Chicago area.