PoetryIssue 17 | March 2013

Two poems by Dalton Day

Tackle Box

Out in the desert the fisherman talked to me.
Called me Hookmouth.

He said, real southern:
What daguerrotypes the stars are!
What glowing ghosts!

He held a telescope to his eye. Strung moonlight through his beard.

I dug a hole for a dead hare I’d found. Snake bite.
Its brown fur was soft.
I wondered about sucking the bite.
And how often the hare had listened to the ground moving.

The fisherman still looked up at the night.
He said,
There’s planets up there, Hookmouth!
Spinning marbles! Big enough for your pocket!

A snake moved nearby. Dark rattle.

I see satellites! How slow those grey fish swim!
Galaxies! Squint to watch them flowers grow!

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About the author

Dalton Day is from North Carolina, and always has been. He has hopped over many creek beds, cut his way through many thorn bushes, and stumbled through many fields of moonlight. He has never ridden in an airplane before, but he’s watched many birds, with fingers outstretched. Even though he can’t play the banjo, he wishes he could. You can find his work in Nib Magazine and Used Furniture Review. Visit his website.

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The Value of Small Money by Megan Hallinan
Screensaver by Sandra Larson
Thirty Cents by Tommy McAree
Gokarna by Kate McCahill
Going Places by Rachel Miller-Howard
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