Issue No. 6, Autumn 2013

Aliens
Jason McCall

That’s great:
blame us for Roanoke,
Olmec lips,
grainy Loch Ness, Greek

fire and Roman roads.
The best of you—all
your wonder and spirit—can’t belong
to this world of saltwater

and ash. How could it
be your shaky hands topping
Stonehenge, capping
Giza, pulling yourselves out of sea

goop, touching the moon?
You can’t be the god
in the hieroglyphs. Those monsters
can’t be your pets.


Jason McCall is the author of Silver (Main Street Rag), I Can Explain (Finishing Line Press), and Dear Hero (winner of the 2012 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize). He currently teaches at the University of Alabama. He holds an MFA from the University of Miami, and his poetry has been or will be featured in Cimarron Review, Fickle Muses, The Los Angeles Review, New Letters, Goblin Fruit, and other journals.