PoetryIssue 18 | June 2013

Against Travel

by Barbara Daniels

A wrought-iron dragon
tries to swallow me.
Snake arms, spiked teeth.

I wake with my fingers pressed
to my eyes. Strange gulls.
Fearful crying. Air stirs white silk

rippling at windows.
Enters it, lets it drop. I’m afraid
of its length like a shroud.

I rise and dress.
Black makes me slender,
but it’s unstable. Streaks surface

on my clothing—
maps of gin-soaked continents.
Crowds on the streets

push past me. I’m sick of
museum Buddhas, throngs
of saints. Tired of imperfect

darkness. I need the languages
I grew up with, the wind
and dust of home.

About the author

Searching for new birds for her life list takes Barbara Daniels all over the US, and to Italy and the UK as well. Her poetry has appeared in The Literary Review, Mid-Atlantic Review, Solstice and many other journals. Read her book, Rose Fever, by Cherry Grove Press.

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