PoetryIssue 05 | June 2009


by C.B. Anderson

Ingloriously junked, not even worth
the effort it would take to salvage them
as scrap, a million miles or more of short
commutes to work and summer odysseys
to tourist-friendly shores behind them, ten
or twelve dismembered hulks lie still within
the grip of weeds and weather, monument
to highway maps, the last unburied dead.

An eyesore to the neighborhood, a shred
of local Rust Belt deemed a legacy
a father visited upon his sons,
rededicated to the semen-stained
upholstery in back seats where DNA
evaporated many years ago,
they stand a silent vigil to this day
in honor of a fuming lineage.

To talk of towing them would be an insult,
just as it would have been when Daddy first
decided to commemorate the family
history by going public: auto-da-fe,
twenty-four/seven, fifty-two/forever.
His legal heirs, we comb our hair and grit
our teeth, remind the neighbors who we are,
and dwell beside the icons of decay.

About the author

C.B. Anderson has resided in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and New York; these days he is stuck in Massachusetts, a mode of durance which is fortunately relieved by frequent long stays in Maine. You can find his work in Blue Unicorn, Nassau Review, Contemporary Sonnet, Lucid Rhythms, and Soundzine.

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