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Atar Hadari on Daniel A. Nicholls

The title of "hearth gods" leads you to expect knick-knacks, pottery, painted things—the sort of idols people have stationed around a fireplace, but what the first line gives you with its demotic, un-capitalized evocation of grandparents as “gram and pop” is a child’s voice, definitely a child’s ungrammatical and evocative ...

Assumption

Windy and chipped she stands, The last great goddess, Her painted smile chapped. Her leaded dress Peels blue and white, about her wrapped. So all earth’s gods decay When mortal holds change hands. A white bit of her face Falls to her feet. Alone, What does a goddess think Turning to stone? Why does she smile? Her ...

Three Considerations of the Eye

by Rictor Jomes   Most things can be done without. Once I slept on the floor for six months because I didn’t think a mattress was important, and besides I thought it would make me stronger. I don't know if it did. I skip meals sometimes, and under the right conditions I can see nobody for a week and be happy about this. ...

And Then the Falling Rain

And then the falling rain, A herd that passed through in one day, two nights: Nudged by a shadow, shepherd of their train, Who screened the two great lights, They grazed in peace on creeping feet And left the grass they trod more sweet. Meekly they nosed and mooed The little herdlings of the heavy sky, Who strode above the ...