PoetryIssue 04 | April 2009

Public Interest

by Arlyn Miller

The photographers will turn off
their lights, fold up the legs
of their tripods, pack up
black cameras into black bags,
zip them closed, return
lenses to their black cases,
snap them shut.

The photographers, each in turn,
through the back lit narrow doorway
will retreat from what
was never theirs to enter.

And what, for the photographic instant,
was declared emblematic, metaphoric—
will go back to being the single
thing it was all along.

One home,
one clay wall,
one satchel,
one calendar displaying
one torn month. 
One frame containing
one life photographed. 
One tin spoon, having stirred
one tin pot, then entering
one mouth.

About the author

Arlyn has published her poems in Calyx, Jewish Women’s Literary Annual, Freefall , and the 2008 Her Mark Journal. She travels widely through the lives and imaginations of 6-18 year-olds with whom she works teaching poetry in schools and in the community through Poetic License, Inc., which Arlyn founded and directs.

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