from “Opera Fever”

Chelsey Minnis
It was a friendly kiss wasn't it? Darling, it was the two tone sunset.. It was like I suddenly discovered you had a bullet wound. Should I waste it all on a poem?
from the journal Copenhagen

What Sparks Poetry is a serialized feature that explores experiences and ideas that spark the writing of new poems.

In Ecopoetry Now, invited poets engage in an ecopoetic conversation across borders. In poems and poetics statements, their work describes important local differences, including bioregion and language, as well as a shared concern for the Earth. We hope to highlight poetry’s integral role in creating and sustaining a broadly ecological imagination that is most alive when biologically, culturally, and linguistically diverse.

Ariana Benson on “Dear Moses Grandy, …Love, the Great Dismal Swamp”
Photo: Ariana Benson
Aimee Nezhukumatathil
                       One hour.                        And if she cries afterward               her older sister          will cover it up.           Will rim                      the waterline              of her eyes                     with kohl pencil                             until it looks like                      two popinjay moths                                           have stopped     to rest         on her exquisite        face.
Don Mee Choi
I’m childless, so I have no choice but to channel into the desert of memory.
Hannah Brooks-Motl
  Can I enlist you? What’s true for the snail             Is splendor
Vincente G. Perez
Graffitied names form pentacles bonded through ritualistic joy woven through, fear.
Callie Siskel
There is a difference between Echo and the spring: one repeats, one colludes.

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