S. G. Mallett

Read in landscape mode!

Contiguous Steles

As spruce needles fan ripples in an enamel mug,
individual strokes in the characters
for mountains of daggers and seas of flame
dry on a legal pad. And with the key so close
to the space bar in the phone’s keyboard,
all of the spaces in your journal
about your honeymoon are taken up by a C.
The woman in the green fleece states that
some translations are inherently more irenic than others
moments before tripping over a rug
and dislocating her right elbow.
Ground orach blossoms have no bearing on colic;
recite each of the twelve names for him in turn.

About the Author

S. G. Mallett is a Best of the Net-nominated poet and the author of the full length poetry collections Disparate Logoi (Alien Buddha Press) and Sunolon (Vraeyda Media) along with the chapbooks A Brief History of Scarecrows (Back Room Poetry) and Markov Chainmail (Cactus Press). He reads poems for Chestnut Review; his poems, prose, and literary criticism appear in publications such as Dreich, Barzakh, Eunoia Review, Shanghai Poetry Lab, and Heavy Feather Review.