PoetryIssue 02 | December 2008

Two Poems by Paul Christian Stevens

The Chart

This chart of one to one, locked by its legend
as signifying this and only this,
has corners calligraphically embellished
with loops and curves in curlicues, unscrolling,
with swell of blowing whales, flash dolphins rolling,
with fat-cheeked winds puffing our flotilla away
across the wave-washed map of empty places,
towards Cockayne or Eld; such destinations.

Secured by tar, we haul canvas and rigging,
make passage through the Spice Isles and the weather,
the compass rose still pointing to the centre
to which all voyages must militate:
a wide lacuna splits the parchment, curling
its edges, to a space burnt through with light.

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About the author

Paul Christian Stevens has boated down the Chao Phraya River in Thailand, supped on shark’s fin in Hong Kong, drunk ale in England, breakfasted with orangutangs in Singapore, stood at the Tree of Life in Bahrain, sipped kava in Fiji and Coca-Cola in the Cook Islands, traveled up the Gordon River in Tasmania by flying boat, and journeys often to the Heart of Darkness. Born in Yorkshire, England, Paul now lives in Australia with his wife and numerous children, pets and citrus trees, and teaches Literature. Editor of The Chimaera and The Shit Creek Review, Paul is widely published online and in print, most recently or forthcoming in Shakespeare’s Monkey, Lucid Rhythms, Soundzine, qarrtsiluni and Mannequin Envy.

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Holland by Rick Mullin
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The Lounge Lizard by Ed Shacklee
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Night Flight by Vicki Stannard
Koinonia Farms by Alina Stefanescu
Thessaloniki, Four a.m. by Anastasia Vassos
Imaginary Oceans by Jason Warren
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Postcard prose

It’s Salty by Kelly Hill

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Anchorage in the Great Land by Karen Benning
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
Susanville CA: Notes From The Road by Susan Volchok