Friday, October 20, 2017

Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Heavy Rotation

I see this fat kid get on the Tilt-a-Whirl
at the county fair
in a spinning tea cup
all by himself
and the weight of him sitting down
bounces his cup noticeably
so that the kids in the other cups
all snicker and point.
                                 
Even the ride operator laughs.
I feel bad for the kid.
As the ride starts up, the gears grind
and everyone looks accusingly
at the fat kid.

And soon they are spinning
and screaming with arms in the air.
I watch the fat kid go around
a few times.

Blank-faced as though he doesn’t
know he is there.

Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his wife and many bears that rifle through his garbage.  His work can be found both in print and online in such places as: Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, Rusty Truck, Red Fez, Live Nude Poems, and The Oklahoma Review.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Yuan Changming

Snowlining  

At the same height of
            Every rocky mountain
       Above all seasonal change
You are widely cut open

As if to bite a whole patch of
      Sky from heaven
With rows of rows of
Whale-like teeth

Yuan Changming, nine-time Pushcart and one-time Best of Net nominee, published monographs on translation before moving out of China. With a Canadian PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver; credits include Best of Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17), BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and 1319 others.