A passenger pebble hitches a ride inside your walking shoe. You’re in a hurry and don’t have time to stop in this busy airport. You think, it’ll be okay; I don’t have far to go. Your stride shortens to accommodate. The gravel doesn’t settle back down. It rattles around and occupies more and more of your attention—a mental welt. Like a long exposure: the movements pile up and fray definition. A rough attempt at distraction, I’m bigger than this: the bait and switch. You change anchor, thoughts pivot. This annoyance quickly becomes cloven—divided yet still fully joined together.
Untitled B&W photograph (2018, at Tucson airport)
Copyrighted © by John Levy. All rights reserved.
Reproduced here with his permission.
lives in northern California among seventeen thirsty redwoods. Her short prose and poems
have appeared in 100 Word Story, KYSO Flash, Mid-American Review, MacQueen’s
Quinterly, Modern Haiku, Moon City Review, Quarter After Eight, SmokeLong Quarterly,
Unbroken, and Wigleaf. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize
and widely anthologized.
Recent anthologies include Nothing Short of 100 (Outpost 19, 2018), NOON:
An Anthology of Short Poems (Isobar Press, 2019), and Contemporary Haibun
17 (Red Moon Press, 2022). Her recent books include a prose poem e-chapbook,
Qualia (White Knuckle Press, 2017), and an award-winning collection of short
poetry, for Want (Ornithopter Press, 2017). A new collection of short poetry,
Miles Deep in a Drum Solo, is forthcoming from Backbone Press in late spring
is a poet and photographer who lives in Tucson. His poetry titles include Oblivion,
Tyrants, Crumbs (First Intensity Press, 2008) and two that were published by
otata’s bookshelf: Silence Like Another Name (2019) and On Its
Edge, Tilted (2018). Two issues of his photo collaboration with Alan Chong Lau,
eye2word: Issue One and eye2word: Issue Two: Japan, were published
online in 2019 by
42R Mill Street, haibun by Cherie Hunter Day which was nominated
by MacQ for the Red Moon Anthologies, and selected for publication in
Contemporary Haibun 17 (Red Moon Press, 2022).
Crow Hat, ekphrastic prose poem by Cherie Hunter Day after a
photograph by John Levy, in KYSO Flash (Issue 12, Summer 2019)