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Issue 13: May 2022
Poem: 131 words
By Jonathan Yungkans

Duplex Beginning With a Line by Cynthia Hogue*

The window closing, or opening. 
Sparrows do not sing till ravens caw for light 

	in the corvid-dark verge of daybreak. Sparrows 
	tremble branches brittle as spun glass as 

walking wobbly I scatter millet, long arms 
gangly, head somnolent, offer prayer in 

	awkwardly-served breakfast, seeds of confession. 
	A repeated word rings amen, an all-clear 

alert and rusty dinner bell. The birds wait 
for my recessional. When a door closes, 

	I’d hear on Sundays, God opens a window. 
	Sometimes birds fly into one, not expecting 

glassine judgment. They wait for my door to shut 
before making most of an open window. 



*Poet’s Note:

The first line is from the poem “The Empirical” in Cynthia Hogue’s collection Or Consequence (Red Hen Press, 2010).

Jonathan Yungkans
Issue 13, May 2022

is a Los Angeles-based writer and photographer with an MFA from California State University, Long Beach. His work has appeared in San Pedro Poetry Review, Synkroniciti, West Texas Literary Review, Gleam: Journal of the Cadralor, MacQueen’s Quinterly, and other publications. His second poetry chapbook, Beneath a Glazed Shimmer, won the 2019 Clockwise Chapbook Prize and was published in February 2021 by Tebor Bach.

More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond

Le Grand Matin by Jonathan Yungkans, a Finalist in MacQ’s Triple-Q Writing Challenge (Issue 11, January 2022)

La Porte by Yungkans in MacQ’s special Christmas Eve issue (10X, December 2021)

Two Duplex Poems, plus author’s notes on the poems and on the form, by Yungkans in Issue 10 of MacQ (October 2021)

Lawful and Proper, poem in Rise Up Review (Fall 2020)

Cadralor in the Key of F-Sharp as It Cuts into My Spine, in the inaugural issue of Gleam (Fall 2020)

I’d Love to Cook Like Hannibal Lecter [video], read by the poet at an event sponsored by Moon Tide Press (10 October 2019) celebrating the anthology Dark Ink: A Poetry Anthology Inspired by Horror

Saving the Patient, poem in The Voices Project (18 January 2018)

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