Peter Behrman de Sinéty & Petya Ivanova


Today was:
Livid housewives blue and crimson
Jade tortoises’ fireflies
Holofernes’s beard
and unfleshed teeth
In a sickle mouth.

Yesterday was
Sun Peaches drooping towards the chin
Klimt’s Judith’s breasts
Walking ferociously
Through a hallway of glory
Momentous success
And a phone call
From California.

51 Degrees in Portland

It’s 51 degrees in Portland
What does this mean?
It means
The women are ovulating
The sky is flaky grey brittle blue
The sun is sort of distant
The air is sharpening
like the maples
losing their leaves already
The ocean is blown glass
The light reflects from it
Like a distant silver bell cracking
Seagulls occasionally exchange a cry
As if it was 51 degrees in Portland.

Peter Behrman de Sinéty & Petya Ivanova


What’s a river if it isn’t
the end of your reflection.
A boundary a vector a bed
a few meters thicker there
lines quick fished from sleep
blink in the light

Peter Behrman de Sinéty

PETER BEHRMAN de SINÉTY grew up in Maine and teaches as lecteur d'anglais at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris.

PETYA IVANOVA was born in Shumen, Bulgaria and currently teaches medieval English literature at the University of Geneva.

Editorial Staff

Publisher and Managing Editor:
U.S. Dhuga (Toronto)
Editor: Ben Mazer (Boston)
Issue Editors: Mario Murgia (Mexico City), Flaminia Ocampo (Buenos Aires)
Associate Editor: Robert Archambeau (Chicago)
Contributing Editors:
Philip Nikolayev (Boston), Todd Swift (London), Peter Behrman de Sinéty (Paris), Ann Fallon (Dublin), Petya Ivanova (Geneva), Marcel Inhoff (Germany), Jeet Thayil (India), Dan Sociu (Romania), Angela D'Ambra (Italy)
Production Manager:
Zachary Bos (Pen & Anvil)

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