Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Sound of Sugar....John A. Nieves

Backward Binoculars And Postage for Corpses

I’m all eyes and indigo
inking signatures in light and language,
riddles sewn into the bottom of busy tongues.

Strangers press their teeth together,
a clack in place of lips.

The underbelly of the morning
grinds against the back of the world—
long-distance casualties propped against broken shovels.

I lick the inside of their eyelids and seal them—
hope they get where they need to go.

About the Poet:
John A. Nieves has poems forthcoming or recently published in journals such as: Southern Review, Poetry Northwest, and minnesota review. He won the 2011 Indiana Review Poetry Contest and his first book, Curio (2014), won the Elixir Press Annual Poetry Award Judge’s Prize. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Salisbury University. He received his M.A. from University of South Florida and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.

About the Sound of Sugar:
We’ve loved reading the work that we’ve published (clearly), so now we want an opportunity to better hear our contributors. We will feature an audio recording of a poem from one of our seven issues, read by the poet and updated every couple of weeks. This an open invitation to all contributors from any of our issues, we were delighted to print your work, now we’re eager to hear it.