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Divorce Through Metaphor by Alex Linden

I imagine you smuggled me, took me into your deepest cavities to pass some border we both created. I surfaced again and again during sickness or sex. We weren’t as simple as a song played through or a glass dropped to the floor. We resigned slowly, like melting ice. We were a record skipping on a word until it lost its meaning, until its meaning was death and only death, the needle inscribing us both. It started with a series of dreams in which I knew the world had reversed its tracks, in which we were nocturnal— your hair again touched your spine and I kissed you so hard residue piled between my teeth like ash. Or did it start with the spit on your neck, as misplaced as a sore? The spit was a beacon (it wasn’t mine) , the spit a dirty joke in a church— a Christmas carol out of season, a jester at a funeral. I have become a breathing contradiction— my name the euphemism for a million beaten rugs— the man bullies who stomp them.

Leaning Moonlike into the Gray by Robert Spiegel

An orange glass at the side of the bed – blue-edged windows, saving the best of the day for memory. Sleepwalking the foothills at dawn. Animal skins collect piecemeal, drawing flies. Escape velocity has failed, leaning moonlike into the gray. Her hand is welcome on my back, my head resting on her stomach, her t-shirt smelling of summer lawns, cedar chips, fireplace ash. The next moment promises less. She moves beyond ancient rock. Voices of children recede into the night, dispersing like dust. I would petition the angels, but the angels are gone. The blue air, icy on the skin, thins completely, leaving no room to breathe. I can’t hold anything in place. The day stretches through morning, by afternoon it snaps, pieces flying beyond reach, unfamiliar on the ground.

Profile for Burner Magazine

Burner Magazine, issue 01 (September 2010)  

The inaugural issue of Burner Magazine, which aims to take the boring out of the literary and arts scenes.

Burner Magazine, issue 01 (September 2010)  

The inaugural issue of Burner Magazine, which aims to take the boring out of the literary and arts scenes.

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