October 1, 2022

Sounding Box: a ghazal

by Jordi Alonso for Sarah Azzara  Some say they’re three, some ten—most say there’s nine: I’ll be your muse, my dear, if you’ll be mine.  Transform a college room into a den of words, silk, whiskey, music, and design.  Your heartbeat through a sounding box of bone reverberates through twill and skeins of twine.  Who […]

Sonnet (Subtext) IV

by Jordi Alonso After William Shakespeare    Stop masturbating, Henry, long enough To get yourself a girlfriend, or a wife. You’re way too handsome to just waste your—stuff. Stop masturbating, Henry, get a life! Like one who borrows, paying nothing back You’ll spend your days sore and alone—you need To start a family. You’ll have […]

Andrew Marvell Goes to Williams Sonoma after “To His Coy Mistress”

Had I but world enough and thymeand leisure too, to pass the timewhile buying—I would window shopthe newest pans; the freshest cropof lavender from France, flown inlast night would fuel my only sin.Extravagance in cooking makesfor novel drinks and tastier cakes;I’d, by the checkout counter finda tool to grate an orange rindin record time—and then […]

A Constellation of Poets

Rumi and Khayyam sang of god––or wine;Fitzgerald and Millay both liked their ginwith or without a twist of Persian limeDorothy Parker played bridge to drink and win,and Oscar Wilde was fond of chilled champagne.Poor Dylan Thomas had a glass of ryetoo many and though he did not complain,he stopped his writing long enough to die.While […]