Kevin McLellan

Somewhere A Messenger

the wind / the exaggerating
trees usually

reliable / everything else

seems dishonest / your
thoughts /

your lips / these artifacts

you haul around / the look
in your eyes

not unlike the uncertainty

behind these open bulkhead
doors /

Inverses / A Pastoral

you see white caps dress
the river / the river undress

the white caps / the birds

reclaim here when it rains
/ a deranged oboe loudest /

but you’re put into motion

from falling and stilled by
the thought of crawling / you

better understand metaphor

one sentimental song at a time
/ your place in the world less

Kevin McLellan is the author of Hemispheres (Fact-Simile Editions, forthcoming), [box] (Letter [r] Press, 2016), Tributary (Barrow Street, 2015), and Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010). He won the 2015 Third Coast Poetry Prize and Gival Press’ 2016 Oscar Wilde Award, and his poems have appeared in several journals including: American Letters & Commentary, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, Sonora Review, West Branch, Western Humanities Review, and Witness. Kevin lives in Cambridge MA.
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Susan Lewis ( is the editor of Posit ( and the author of ten books and chapbooks, including Zoom, winner of the 2017 Washington Prize, Heisenberg's Salon, This Visit, and State of the Union. Her poetry has appeared in such places as The Awl, Berkeley Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Cimarron, Gargoyle, The Journal, New American Writing, The New Orleans Review, Prelude, Raritan, Seneca Review, So to Speak, Verse, Verse Daily, and VOLT.