Publication News: Snail Mail Review

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Snail Mail Review is a literary magazine that is/was print-only—on purpose. Its title tells its story. You submitted via U.S. mail, you got your response as to acceptance or rejection via U.S. mail, and the copy of the journal that had your poem in it arrived by—you guessed it—U.S. mail. I have no idea if these folks are still publishing; they have (as could be expected) no presence on the Internet. They published my poem, “Day of Reckoning” back in Spring of 2012. This is another one of my ditties that has been published but remains uncollected. It was written in the aftermath of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, a watershed moment in some ways in what we learned (what we already knew/should have known?) about the priorities of the United States when it comes to the poor, the disadvantaged, the other, and often predominantly people of color) in the eyes of our cruel, dominant culture.

Day of Reckoning

In our love poem for hurricanes,
the wind insists on slaughtering

butterflies and spicing the cumulonimbus
chill. Gleaner at dawn, my hands

are your breakfast, your chariot,
a prayer wheel spinning us heavenward,

beyond the reach of the armoire
moored to an ivy of hair. No better

companions, you and me, surrender’s flag
flying, one tarry roof, and our circling

dreams, gulls and water, far as the love-struck
eye can see. As if we will make it past the bell,

two souls keeping time with the comforting
must of grapes, sour where it tickles

our pipes.

The public domain photograph above is of a house in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans crushed and flooded during Hurricane Katrina. It was taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2006.

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