Elaine Equi

Library of E

Black and green butterfly
Wedding-cake bride and groom
Robert Creeley
Barbara Guest

Joe B
Joe C

Jade elephant
Brass turtle
Red and white candy dice


Tie-dye Easter eggs
Rimbaud bejeweled by David Shapiro

Pig and globe
Sarcophagus pencil-box

The Futurist Cookbook
The Dead Celebrity Cookbook

Sei Shonagon
The Brothers Grimm

Library of J

Red Buddha
Silver rocket

Jack, Frank,
Stevens, Poe

Epics and matchbooks
Spirit money to burn

William James
John Dewey
Pierre Bourdieu

A photo of Elvis near
A photo of Mayakovsky’s grave

The Big Book
The Best of Mad

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Shoulder to the Grindstone

Press your wing
into the morning’s wax.

Make an impression.

A Taste for the Picturesque

We traveled from one postcard to another,
side-stepping the scenic puddles,
the castles that sprouted like mushrooms,
the windmills that turned the corners for us
like pages in a book. Often, due to long lines,
bad weather, or strange feelings of foreboding,
we’d skip visiting the monuments and make
a beeline for the gift-shop. It was a relief —
a victory, really – to know one less cathedral,
one less masterpiece was looking down on us.
There among the snow globes and mugs,
we felt cozy and safe. The best souvenirs
remind us of things that never happened.

Elaine Equi’s most recent book is Click and Clone from Coffee House Press. A new collection, Sentences and Rain, is forthcoming in fall 2015. She teaches at New York University and in the MFA program at The New School.
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Susan Lewis (susanlewis.net) is the Editor-in-chief and founder of Posit (positjournal.com) and the author of ten books and chapbooks, including Zoom (winner of the Washington Prize), Heisenberg's Salon, This Visit, and State of the Union. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies such as Walkers in the City (Rain Taxi), They Said (Black Lawrence Press), and Resist Much, Obey Little (Dispatches/Spuyten Duyvil), as well as in journals such as Agni, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions online, Diode, Interim, New American Writing, and VOLT.