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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 [...]

Khafre Kujichagulia Abif

Posted on February 13, 2014 by in Features, Positively Literary

The Fierce Language of Self-Determination Khafre Kujichagulia Abif talks about his anthology of poems, prayers, essays and affirmations for people living with HIV/AIDS by Larry Buhl On the Facebook page for the anthology Cornbread, Fish and Collard Greens, editor Khafre Kujichagulia Abif says “Thank you God for blessing me much more than I deserve.” Many [...]

Triptych for Christopher

Posted on January 16, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Triptych for Christopher I. Roller Coaster It’s sitting down with the doctors for the very first time and being told that our son is sick, dying, his body turning on itself, that makes it real, that gets this roller coaster going. Having words like options and chances and wishes in our vocabulary now—we grip the [...]

Ghosts

Posted on December 19, 2013 by in Positively Literary

Ghosts Greenwich Village 1989 This, a long time ago when the pox-scarred dead staggered like zombies, their eyes blackened with the purple of Kaposi’s sarcoma and their brows clotted with beads of night fever, through the bathhouse corridors of my dreams, was my youth. I woke up, crying and wondering why my dreams had to [...]

There Were These Men

Posted on December 10, 2013 by in Positively Literary

there were these men, they were kind, they were mean they were fine as threads, they were thick as rope. some danced, some sang some were doctors, some had cats some saw to the heart of things some took things to heart some loved the beauty of every thing some beatified everything in love. they [...]

Clay

Posted on October 25, 2013 by in Positively Literary

Clay Poems by David Groff Trio House Press Reviewed by Chuck Willman When I received this book in the mail I began by reading the three “praise” paragraphs on the back cover. Before even opening the book, I knew I was in for something pretty amazing, but I didn’t realize how powerful each poem would [...]

Abstinence Anthem

Posted on September 5, 2013 by in Positively Literary

[POETRY] Abstinence Anthem Somebody hid a razorblade in the shag carpeting at school. Jake Graham hammered bamboo spears behind blood-orange fingernails, and bound my wrists in velvet ropes. This was nothing compared to those 15 minutes. I was no more than a stalk of sugarcane when I first got tested. Mother’s face was a cantaloupe, [...]

Trip to Wyuka

Posted on August 11, 2013 by in Positively Literary

[POETRY] Trip to Wyuka for Paul Brandhorst, 1966–1998 His first night at support group he wore a western hat low over his eyes, a toothpick in the side of his mouth, thumbs hooked in Levi pockets, pretended to be a cowboy. He said nothing save his name but afterwards followed me out to ask a [...]

The Valiant Ones

Posted on May 15, 2013 by in Positively Literary

Poetry by Afzal Moolla The Valiant Ones they left so abruptly the valiant ones countless many known many more nameless the truest sons and singers husbands and poets lovers and wives daughters and farmers workers and sisters brothers and friends they left so abruptly with quiet pride steely courage gentle dignity they left so abruptly [...]