PoetryIssue 15 | June 2012

The Museum of Gug

by Terese Svoboda

Mix it yourself, Peggy G. suggests, drip it
until you’re depressed or priapic,
whichever Guggenheim mold you want to magic.
The fields ripple off the mountains

to replace Venice in gobby shapes,
the ones the Arps ape, and vino juts its stakes
out of that green, with second thoughts about growing,
discouraged by the Bosch-ish insects.

Too little art works its way into time Italicized.
The palms post-Verona from this perspective droop.
Still the Alps alp-it-up along Como’s shores
where marble shades into men who stand and stand and stand.

Let none of them smile about it, laughter is out.
O sole mio regards the no-swimsuit-tops-off anywhere
as scenery along the road that runs from Rome
to where the roads all snap back.

Beside the stone of a birdbath or better,
the laundry bin where women washed babies
as well as bibs, and men, shot in some war
that war-like people who live in mountains enjoy,

dressed their wounds, this watery stone fills
with afternoon light until a hiker descends
to the spot beside the spigot that moss covers
with its single-celled dark, in awe.

About the author

Terese Svoboda, author of Bohemian Girl, has always wanted to travel to Český Krumlov, the home of the Literary Bohemian. This summer she will revisit the Cook Islands and teach in New Zealand and Hawaii. She has poetry forthcoming in American Poet, Cerise Press, Diagram, The New Republic, and The New Yorker.

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