PoetryIssue 18 | June 2013

The Highway Christmas Tree Outlet in April

by Christine Jessica Margaret Reilly


Pines have lean souls and never feel trapped
in the forest.

They are in perfect health and beautiful.  The salesman says this, like a pediatrician
to the mother with fluttering, drained hands.

The starry lambent light makes way for no cars in the parking lot,
a long summer impeaching November-December’s wealth of sales,

chronic restocking of gin-scented needles. Indoors, the night riddles with quiet. 


When the natural world recycles, the artificial never dies, becomes a chilly filibuster.  Landfills of winter-bones acquire and remain, hushed and crowded, like a mob of pre-disposed bodies.

About the author

Christine Reilly lives in New York, New York, but used to live in London and Northern Ireland.  She teaches at the Professional Children’s School and used to work at Tin House. Visit her website.

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