Check it out! This week, the vintage spotlight lands on another terrific example of how brevity in certain works can have a great impact. Kathleen Ossip’s modern take on the five-line form, the cinquain, is the perfect showcase for the glimpses of life she’s chosen to portray in “Cinquains.” Ossip’s poetry appeared in one of our earlier issues, DB 5, Winter 2002-2003, so it definitely deserves a second glance as today’s Throwback Thursday selection.
of a filing
while others dream of a paper-
Kathleen Ossip is the author of The Do-Over; The Cold War, which was one of Publishers Weekly’s best books of 2011; The Search Engine, which was selected by Derek Walcott for the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize; and Cinephrastics, a chapbook of movie poems. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Best American Magazine Writing, the Washington Post, and more. She teaches at The New School and online for The Poetry School of London. She has received a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. For more info. visit her website at kathleenossip.com.
This week’s vintage pick illuminates a great piece from Drunken Boat’s past, a cleverly crafted snippet of flash fiction from writer Michael K. Meyers. Meyers’ piece, “Guy Stuff,” was published first in our summer 2013 issue, DB 17. Two years later, it’s made its way back to give you a peek at the afterlife through the everyday existence (or rather, nonexistence) of quirky friends Jerry, Mickey, and Maurice since they bit the dust.
“Jerry shot me one of his hangdog can-I-borrow-a-quarter looks, and, sucker that I am, immediately I started fishing around for change, which set him off again, a full blown explosion of mirth. In the Laundromat he’d roll on the floor, but not now. He remained upright, feet firmly planted, and sprayed spittle.”
Michael K. Meyers is a writer, visual artist, performer, and more. He teaches at The School of The Art Institute in Chicago. His fiction and audio work have appeared in multiple and varied publications including, The New Yorker, Quick Fiction, and Word Riot. His CD of flash fictions is Once Again Doctor Freud’s Horse Has Gone Missing. For more of his stories, videos and other works, check out his website at michaelkmeyers.com.
This week, dive into a sea of crisp, bold images as you enjoy the evocative poetry of writer Caroline Klocksiem. “Art History” is a poem that first appeared a while ago, in DB 10, Spring 2009, and it’s surely a poem worthy of the vintage spotlight for how deeply it sucks in readers– but see for yourself!
“… My hands
are full of pollen & people.
My hands are two large volumes,
working like elevators. Look, how
they bring white birds from the sky
& take away the horseflies, & some
of those bullets…”
Caroline Klocksiem is a writer from South Carolina, currently living inTuscaloosa, Alabama. Her chapbook, “Circumstances of the House and Moon,” (2012) is available from Dancing Girl Press. Her poems have appeared in such journals as The Iowa Review; Hayden’s Ferry Review; CutBank; The Pinch; BlazeVox; H_NGM_N; Super Arrow; YEW; Heron Tree; and Rufous City Review. She is the recipient of several awards and fellowships, such as the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, and a graduate of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Arizona State University’s MFA program. To find out more about Caroline, visit carolineklocksiem.com.