Poetry

Comfort of Togetherness

Join The Dillydoun Review in celebrating National Poetry Month with A Poem by Effie Pasagiannis I like the way we are together now –compatriots, companions,clandestine lovers exchanging recipes,searching for yeast to create Kneading and breaking breadin doughy goodness,we are shattering the silence of our fastletting our buttered selves slipthrough gloved handsinto a new kind of comforting Is […]

Future is Older Than the Past

Join The Dillydoun Review in celebrating National Poetry Month with A Poem by Jonathan Koven Something blossoming, a star!For all I see, in stolid smokeand shadow, weavesuniverses all their own. When I wake from a dream within a dream,doctors scale my reach,whispering, to peelthe sky’s clouds like petals. I love you, I love you not, until only […]

A Quick Drink

Join The Dillydoun Review in celebrating National Poetry Month with A Poem by W. F. Althaus We walked into this barA bit too fancy for four dudesLooking to put a couple awayBefore watching Mad Max in IMAXBut a beer’s a beer, right? Dark-stained hardwood throughoutNot even a scuff on the floorThe bartenders and waitressWear black slacks and […]

Juice Box Girl

Join The Dillydoun Review in celebrating National Poetry Month with A Poem by Michael Lee Johnson I’m a juice box girl,squeeze me, play melike an accordion,box-shaped, but gagged edges.Breathe me inside out,I’m nude, fruity, fractured,strawberry melon,nightshade wine.Chicago, 3:00 a.m.somewhere strandedsomeone’s balconymemories undefined,you will find me therestretched naked, doingthe Electric Slide,taking morning selfiesupward morning into the sunthen in […]

Age 8

Join The Dillydoun Review in celebrating National Poetry Month with A Poem by Kelsey Erin Shipman I’ll say to youwhat no one ever did:This is not your fault. Yes, you pocketed those Tic Tacs whileyour mother spoke with the cashier,and you let slip a lie about your father’sfortune to those kids at school. And when your little […]

Lies About My Birth

Join The Dillydoun Review in celebrating National Poetry Month with A Poem by David Rogers I appeared on Lakeshore Michigan naked and pureBorne on a golden palanquin by an obedient hordeOf zebra mussels, mumbling their hymn of praise. Found by South Side maenads, dancing at night inEmpty lots of junk, my slight ethereal size seized themTo rush […]

Meuse

Join The Dillydoun Review in celebrating National Poetry Month with A Poem by Nathan Robert Cox She heard him sing by the water,Not knowing that the songs he sang were his own;He sang of the river, its torments, its dark allure;And what he sang came to pass. These daysNo one dares say his name:That boy who drowned,That […]

Mirabelle

Join The Dillydoun Review in celebrating National Poetry Month with A Poem by Brigidh Duffey She took junk shop treasures home to melike a crow stealing buttons for someone kind:A porcelain doll in a sunflower apron,A wicker basket full of miniature linen geese,A short-sleeved t-shirt with a red hood.It was an autumn habit—storing up garbagefor a long, […]

On all this dying that I do

Join The Dillydoun Review in celebrating National Poetry Month with A Poem by Annie Woods I often think dying isannoying, like a grade school bullyboinging my curls. And dying isinappropriate, like laughing in churchwhen laughter knows there’s a time,and a place, and it’s not in God’s face.Mostly I think dying isembarrassingbecause humiliation knows no vessellike the human […]

Dear Work

Join The Dillydoun Review in celebrating National Poetry Month with A Poem by Nneka Joyce Duru Work oh work!Here I lieProstrate on my sofaTired and all spentMy face,A freeze of drained energyMy mind billowing in heavinessOf grief and pain and sorrowMy black purse stare blankly at meAnd I wonder whenI shall ever be freeTo smile outside this […]

Yellow Jacket

Join The Dillydoun Review in celebrating National Poetry Month with A Poem by Destiny Bookman last time I let the sun kiss my skin I was stungsmooth quick and aggressivelymy flesh shrieked; acidic Venom spread across my facethe Venom boiled away at the arrival of anger and humiliationto be stung in private where only walls and dust […]

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