PoetryIssue 14 | February 2012

Two Poems by Sean Edgley


The morning sun
is split horizontally
above a building—
a blood orange lying
in the cool shadow
of a plate.

Its glow pours color
onto the women
in the windows
lounging in ornate armchairs,
eating croissants
as if no one is watching.

A brunette combs her hair
with her fingers,
feet dangled
over red velvet.

Like a ghost or Madonna
a shoeless blonde
in a beige gown
rises and passes
over the wood floor,
bare back dissolving
into sunless ink.

The murky lexicon
of wallpaper.

Staccato of tires
over cobblestone.

A beer bottle
stuffed with cigarettes.

The blonde rejoins
the monarchs in the window,
draped with fatigue.

When she bends down
to right an overturned
high heel,
the wallpaper
stops her alphabet of spine
at the letter S.

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About the author

Sean is a native Californian who has spent the better part of his twenties away from the West Coast. He’s currently halfway through the MFA program at City College of New York. You might have heard his work at the Cake Shop and Earshot reading series in Manhattan.

Read our current issue:


Two poems by Anne Babson
Vignette, Townhouse, 9 a.m. by Troy Cunio
Night Becomes Day Over the West by Megan Foley
Yukon River Aurora by D. B. Goman
Two Poems by David Havird
Cretan Love Letter by Emily Linstrom
Holland by Rick Mullin
Fear in Kenya by Kristina Pfleegor
The Lounge Lizard by Ed Shacklee
Two Poems by Sarah J. Sloat
Night Flight by Vicki Stannard
Koinonia Farms by Alina Stefanescu
Thessaloniki, Four a.m. by Anastasia Vassos
Imaginary Oceans by Jason Warren
Two Poems by F. J. Williams

Postcard prose

It’s Salty by Kelly Hill

Travel notes

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