Issue 22: Tony D'arpino

The Tropics of History

the apparent ephemeral

and transient

door of deer

at noon

the buckle

opens like an eclipse

beneath the palms

the smoke

the moving


tarnished watch

of the north sea

red inside

the apple chapel          

the wind still in my head

like a skin boat


nowhere island

and the procession artist

virtually the same


studied the maps

seraph by seraph

and time has come to find

a forgiveness machine

in the broad gauge dream

of the red chamber

a story stone

and wind storm

the clockwork radio

wants your s-shape

seahorse now


birds horses birds

beetles bats and hares

fish and snails and spiders

a little sadness

like a sound

in the river sky

a tart

salt water taffy

for lovers of the night

a margate elephant

footnote of whale

sky pulling sky

every city zoo

a small town cage

rusting trains


great game

poor metal

a gulf of rats

in the thatch

a horse from the woods



with stars

A Short History of the Allotment

coal mines

some crops still drop

into the hidden caves

an alphabet

based on vegetables

and grapevines

the spiritual violence of the times

makes people



hidden in the forest

with shadow and rime

a mask of a mammal

lost in the signal

where the drummer sings

stepping stars

to the bones

of tone

unfixed powders

dreams of love

and okra

the changing octopus

of consciousness

dots changing




this summer thinking

bicycle clouds in my eyes

the fence like a pair of glasses

the landscape in my forehead

two fingers take it blue

thinking about the mill

gets a headache

toy rainbow water

engine of the buttonwoods

the coffee ruined again

by the black hand of memory

the Vermont and the not

(blue) prairie schooner

Tony D’Arpino is an American poet living in England. His most recent book of poetry is Floating Harbour (Redcliffe Press, UK). Other poetry has appeared in Molly Bloom, Barrow Street, The Clearing, Poetry East, and Glasgow Review of Bookss.

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