“The Nut” by Coram Parker is a fantastic example of the power of language in poetry. Almost as if it was written by the great John Ashbery himself, Parker’s poem relies upon alliteration, assonance, and vivid imagery for both its coherence and its driving force. The final word purging hits full force, like a slap containing everything that has come before it.
While this poem will not be included in the printed journal, it just goes to show the incredible work Lingua receives during the submission process. Personally, I can’t stop reading this poem. Enjoy!
I’ve been chewing this gum too long.
Ears popping and dry tongue licking
shred skin lips. An apple
foam-rotting from the inside,
eyes are bulging and
the rotten meat juice
from the corner of a lipstick mouth
Ah, mind in these couples passing
hand holding, scarf wearing fakers.
Poles bent. Flags torn.
A squeaky wheel on the
shopping cart. Smudge ﬂoor—
falling apart face. Disintegrating
in the tiny skin wrinkle insanity
down sleep slipping contrails of illumination
Behind my ear
and all the windpsun trickle lights
Out of irises the color of medicine magic
This is the end of things
in the put-together-puzzle world.
Dark eyed lady and shiny
with roses for who?
delirious piss homeless man.
In another life you would have been
naval of mother earth
Jerusalem— Shalom Salaam
High walls and
checkpoints in the West Bank.
sublime I, II, and III by Brooke Snyder
Don’t forget to attend the journal release party next Thursday, June 5, from 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm in Martin Square. Thank you for supporting creativity at SPU.
-Adam Hutchinson, Lingua Business Manager