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Passing By

Posted on December 22, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Passing By “It is not just that we are not what we were, rather it is we are not.” —W. Wayne Karr I’m racing up the marble steps at dusk because I’m a few minutes late, meeting Brian for coffee. He is laughing a bit, still shaking his head, astonished, when I bend to kiss [...]

Confessional Poem, Age Seven

Posted on December 9, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Confessional Poem, Age Seven Uncle Dennis is the entire state of Texas, expanse of great prairie and oil-rigged skyscrapers all contained in the rotunda of his five-foot-eight frame. But when my parents bring him home from Houston, it is 1990. My uncle does not wear his Stetson, does not hug me into the cowboy flank [...]

Monkey Orchid

Posted on November 19, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Monkey Orchid                                                                       ◊ Kelly McQuain’s Velvet Rodeo was recently chosen by poet C. Dale Young for BLOOM magazine’s poetry prize. [...]

It’s Like DNA

Posted on October 10, 2014 by in Positively Literary

[POETRY] It’s Like DNA

Building Immunities

Posted on August 17, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Building Immunities     —Stephen Mead ◊ A resident of New York, Stephen Mead is a published artist, writer, and maker of short collage films. Much can be learned of his multimedia work by placing his name in any search engine. His latest project, a collaboration with Kevin MacLeod, is titled Whispers of Arias, a [...]

Diagnosis, Interrupted

Posted on August 7, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Diagnosis, Interrupted Death came a-knockin’ and suddenly infinity became dizzy The rush of a fever, chills that stretch miles, I felt my courage draining Silenced, was the urge to run, do not betray me, body Time, a merciful mother and a cruel leader She could not save me Wrapped in her warm embrace, a seed [...]

Dirty Needle

Posted on June 12, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Dirty Needle i had a dirty needle, y’all it was in my head & it was in my heart. i was mainlining that ignorant shit, y’all the kind they sell from the pulpits, you know? the kind they propagate in those best-sellers. so i pulled it out, y’all i pulled it out & i injected [...]

Maya Angelou

Posted on May 28, 2014 by in Cover Story, Flashback

A&U is saddened to hear of the passing of writer and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. Revisit the wisdom she bestowed upon our readers in our January 2001 coverstory. Rhyme & Reason Poet Maya Angelou Tells Dann Dulin Why She Never Lets A Chance to Talk About AIDS Pass Photographed Exclusively for A&U by Tim [...]

Logic as the Second Person Singular

Posted on April 14, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Logic as the Second Person Singular AIDS sufferers in Papua New Guinea have been buried alive by their terrified relatives….If they killed the victims with a machete it would expose them to infection, they believe. —The Telegraph, August 28, 2007 The birds are gone, it’s all dead now so you can stop taking pictures of [...]

Memorial Quilt

Posted on April 9, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Memorial Quilt The last time we kissed our friend, was in upstate New York. She lived off a patch of gravel-strewn lane where willows overhang the road’s shoulder and the light’s raked retreat can mask subtle patterns ahead: a scrap of lawn, hoarfrost, the taut chill of breath. Where, slowly, silver branches switch and set [...]