Issue 3



Brent House


Augur of Screen

Beyond pines stands a battened house     falling into asymmetry & decay.

I loved that house     its heartwood
buried under decorous seams     & the relegate place of plumbing on the dropporch
how that house opened to an immaculate state of yard     its modulate station
                                                                                                                                                as we listened toward other yards
as winds carried toward our reception   & the hill sloped toward our pond

how the radio was placed upon the sill     white grapes in the glass water bowl
                                                                                                                         demitasse in a cabinet made & stained by hand
& silence heeded the sink     offered a sense of tranquility in kitchen towels laid
                                                                                                                                                           to dry as a hope for a child

how it urged me to come     to open a bolt of screen     to stretch beyond the frame
                                                                                                        to pry away old spline     to tighten until excess was shorn
to offer steel wool for gaps at the foundation   to keep carriers of pestilence away

& to mend this house is greater than that love which took its symmetry for granted
                                                                                                                                                                        when it was whole
before joists sagged with the rust of nails     & pickets peeled to their grain.