Through the Looking Glass | S.N. Rodriguez

Image: Tyler Jamieson Moulton
Through the Looking Glass

Land-starved and stubborn we pile 
windows on top of windows and climb 
so high everything looks small and distant.

Birds leap into the sky wide-eyed and unbound
and rocket themselves into cloud and blue-
stained glass stunned like butterflies 

in freefall spinning and spiraling through
the wind. I heard the thick thump against 
the double-pane and caught a mourning dove

as it fell solid as a blood-warm stone in my hands.
Its feathered imprint a chalk outline of wings
and beak left stamped against the looking glass.

Too often we see what we want to see until
it’s too late. I stick vinyl bird-shaped silhouettes 
on the reflective surface like dusted ghosts

and recite them as I rub them flat with a card
     sparrow,     dove,     cardinal,    blue jay, 
finch,     mockingbird,     grackle,     wren.

S. N. Rodriguez is a writer and photographer in Austin, Texas. She is a Writers’ League of Texas 2021 Fellow and her work has appeared in The Journal of Latina Critical Feminism, Blue Mesa Review, River Teeth, and elsewhere.

Firmament | Eric Ranaan Fischman

Image: Saad Chaudhry

Firmament

My boss asks me to watch 16 hours
of camera footage. Instead I watch dandelions
lose their heads at the slightest breeze. Nearby weeds
shed their mustard petals. The sky dares me
to name its every shade of blue. Cotton, Chromium,
Seafoam, Tremor. There are more
important things to worry about today than work,
like breathing the grass-cut air, catching
the sun’s bright spears. The swollen clouds are
an army of angel wings descending.
I watch their feathers fall.

Eric Raanan Fischman is an MFA graduate of Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. He has taught free writing workshops in Nederland, Boulder, and Longmont, Colorado, and has had work in Bombay Gin, Boulder Weekly, Suspect Press, and many more, as well as in local community fundraising anthologies from Punch Drunk Press and South Broadway Ghost Society. He also curates the Boulder/Denver metro area poetry calendar at boulderpoetryscene.com and is a regular contributor to the BPS blog. His first book, “Mordy Gets Enlightened,” was published through The Little Door in 2017.