I. Bat-handed, two-pronged digits, your fingers are the eyes inside the wood. As much Eloi as Morlock. At the sphinx’s paw, think of the bright forest in the back of my skull: echo of an edible chamber gate; surgical probe for leisurely feeding, larvae-rich. Lemur me; murmur eel. Ease me up, little one. Sing Liliata rutilantium to Eve’s brood, to… Read more →
Stephen Massimilla is a poet, critic, and painter. His co-authored book, Cooking with the Muse, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press. His latest collection, The Plague Doctor in His Hull-Shaped Hat, was selected in the Stephen F. Austin University Press Prize contest. He has received the Bordighera Prize Forty Floors from Yesterday (CUNY); the Grolier Prize for Later on Aiaia; a Van Rensselaer Award, selected by Kenneth Koch; several Pushcart Prize nominations; and others. Massimilla has recent poems in AGNI, Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, and Verse Daily; and his work has appeared in hundreds of other publications. He holds an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. Massimilla teaches at Columbia and The New School. www.stephenmassimilla.com.