"Flattened," "December," and "February, 2017"


He’s come to hate the academy, its sterile rigors.

Steel rails, parallel; long ribbon of wooden ties:

all night, all day, trains rattle that whole apparatus.

He lays his poem anthology on the track.




Holly bushes buried by two feet of snow.

On the sidewalk, shoveling, he uncovers a child’s

mitten.  In half-light, he holds it up—red, green, tiny.

He pockets it, shovels and thinks.  Maybe the lost one

is safe, at home.  Or the child is one-armed, maimed.

Or, under all this whiteness, is lying cold, alone.



February, 2017

Always she goes, carrying her album:  Photos

of the Future.

                        But back at home, uneasy,

he wanders room to room.

                                          She tells him, “Stop

looking, but not searching.  Wait for Time to

return, and for the wave to break at our door.”



Joel Chace has published work in print and electronic magazines such as, The Tip of the Knife, Counterexample Poetics, Eratio, Otoliths, Infinity's Kitchen, and Jacket. Most recent collections include​ Sharpsburg, from Cy Gist Press, Blake's Tree, from Blue & Yellow Dog Press, Whole Cloth, from Avantacular Press, Red Power, from Quarter After Press, Kansoz, from Knives, Forks, and Spoons Press, Web Too, from Tonerworks, War, and After, from​ BlazeVOX [books], Scorpions, from Unlikely Books, and Humors, from Paloma Press. Joel recommends supporting locofo chapbooks.


Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 01:23