Issue No. 11, Winter 2014

It’s All Insomnia for Epimetheus
Lois Marie Harrod

There’s a word for hindsight,
that fleece so black it can’t be seen

and for the heart too,
that blick in the dark blizzard,

dead space between snowflake
and midnight,

so dim that headlights wobble like matches,
no glint for miles,

and down where you are,
a black rat swirls bottom barrel

like a quasar-pulsing drum,
black sticks on skin,

afterthoughts like sleeting stars.
Bats bolt rack in the rave.

Lois Marie Harrod’s 13th and 14th poetry collections, Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis (Cherry Grove Press) and the chapbook How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth (Dancing Girl Press) appeared in 2013. The Only Is won the 2012 Tennessee Chapbook Contest (Poems & Plays), and Brief Term, a collection of poems about teachers and teaching was published by Black Buzzard Press, 2011. Cosmogony won the 2010 Hazel Lipa Chapbook (Iowa State). She is widely published in literary journals and online e-zines from American Poetry Review to Zone 3. She teaches Creative Writing at The College of New Jersey. Read her work on