It unlisted from our lexicon along
with ancestors’ harder drawls and ways:
Interview & chat with Kimberly Belle, conclusion to 'The Silent Sister' readalong, best moments from the Louisiana Book Festival, Faulkner gets a water tower & a pair of poems about dying. Happy Literary Friday!
As a middle name, it meant shelter.
Daddies knew that erecting it centered
anything in front or back against
the influence of northern wind
by John Davis Jr.
My hands are older today than I remember.
Overnight, they’ve seasoned into my grandfather’s:
one rigid blue vein ridging each index finger
like long-repaired irrigation lines running
by John Davis Jr. September:
The dead separation of summer
concludes as attachment begins -
Paired black-and-red-orange insects swarm
on the concrete block school wall