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no song

The less he thinks he knows her
the more she’s gone;
she collects bits of paper,
calls them flower petals and
lets him down, leaves him
with the feeling of a lily
standing in a flooded field,
not a flake of moon
on the water.

She’s tethered tight
to a sparrow’s tail
her two faces smiling,
her hair in the wind;
he seeks himself
in the stars; there’s no flavor
in the things he says;
he knows this.

They’re growing,
vines entwine around his legs
but he has no song for it,
no real pensive hour.
jacinta a. meyers

the empty halls

Gas lamps
conclude part
of the weakness
I resolved

Thousands brought
injured things
many of them to
student grottos

Other unacknowledged
sovereigns made me
feel sure my
task was fixed

I climbed halfway
up a cable ladder
for a fixed fortune

While resisting
comical hands
sourcing change –

An informal but
tension bit
suggested we both
bicycle toward the
inhospitable strait.
carly christiansen

how to get your poetry in artvoice

Literary Buffalo occasionally features poetry by local writers. The poetry editor is Florine Melnyk. Submissions of no more than five poems and no more than 10 pages in length can be sent by e-mail to or by mail to Florine Melnyk, Poetry Editor, Artvoice, 810 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14202 Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope to have manuscripts returned.

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