I’m Certain That
There is nothing sadder
than a suitcase and
the inevitable pieces of
myself that I leave behind
to harden, dry out
and crack its wheels.
I’ve spent the last
four years of my life
leaving someone behind.
The Transparency of Water
Where the river crosses you
And water flows along your spine
There is one touch—not liquid,
Not solid—a contact of nerves.
This is no mystery. Nothing
Is hidden. Still, you’re not meant
To understand it, just to feel it.
This electricity lights nothing,
The blues glow on their own.
Perhaps, you think, face down,
Breathing pebbles, it’s only time.
But you know that’s wrong.
Your toes curl and your back
Wiggles. Fish are drawn to you.
Flaherty’s first book of poems,What’s This, Bombardier?, won the Lena Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series from Pleiades Press. He also has two letterpress chapbooks: Novas from Bateau Press and Live, from the Delay from Small Fires Press. In 2010, he received the PEN/New England Discovery Award as a top emerging poet. Recent and forthcoming poems can be found in Boston Review, Verse Daily, Gettysburg Review, The New Republic, Denver Quarterly, and Gulf Coast. Essays can be found in Conjunctions, Columbia Journal, and The Winter Anthology.
The Naughty List
Lust. Gluttony. Greed. Sloth. Wrath. Envy. Pride. We’ve all been tempted and succumbed to our dark side; even Jesus flipped a few tables. We are looking for fiendishly wicked, never before published, written and visual work that arouses our mental imp and leave us feeling just a little mischievous.
Guidelines for Submission:
- Thou shalt submit for the December online publication of Ayris between July 1 and August 1
- Thou shalt limit yourself to one (1) piece of prose (up to 1,000 words), two (2) visual pieces of art ( high resolution), or three (3) poems.
- Thou shalt stick to the thee and refrain form submitting matieral that is genre or pornographic in nature.
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