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the sky as vault

And now / throughout
this arcade where once
we embraced / the climbing
nightshade chafes 
my upturned hands /
strangles the bent iron
arches / leading me to pause
 
at that moment when
our fingers first traced
the whitewashed stone
rivered with cracks / and I
must wonder if it is true
that we were here
as I have said / and if
it is / I do not know myself
 
to remember and can
offer you nothing more





kevin mclellan is the author of the chapbook Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010), a collaborative series of poems with numerous women poets. He has recent or forthcoming poems in journals including: Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Kenyon Review Online, Sixth FinchWestern Humanities Review, Witness and numerous others. Kevin lives in Cambridge MA, and sometimes teaches poetry workshops at the University of Rhode Island in Providence.

derek pollard is co-author with Derek Henderson of the book Inconsequentia (BlazeVOX 2010). His poems, creative non-fiction, and reviews appear in American Book Review, Colorado Review, Court Green, Diagram III, H_ngm_n, Pleiades, and Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak, among numerous other anthologies and journals. He is Assistant Editor at Barrow Street, Inc.; is a Black Mountain Fellow at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and is on faculty at Pratt Institute and at the Downtown Writer’s Center in Syracuse, New York.



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photo credit: Sandra Neumann