NATIONAL POETRY MONTH
Featuring Dustin Luke Nelson & Ashleigh Lambert
Dustin Luke Nelson is the author of the poetry collection "in the office hours of the polar vortex" (Robocup) and the chapbook “Abraham Lincoln” (Mondo Bummer). His poems have appeared in the Best American Experimental Writing, Fence Magazine, Paper Darts, the Nervous Breakdown, and elsewhere. His performance and video work includes STRIKE TWO (Gauss PDF, Washington Project for the Arts), APPLAUSE (Walker Art Center’s Open Field), and BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (Flux Factory). His videopoems and short films have appeared at the Filmpoem Festival, Short Film Biennial Ljubljana, Crane Arts (Philadelphia, PA), Altered Esthetics (Minneapolis, MN), the Washington Project for the Arts (Washington DC), O Miami Poetry Festival and elsewhere. Other writing has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, Thrillist, Electric Literature, and the Rumpus, among other publications. dustinlukenelson.com.
Ashleigh Lambert is the author of the chapbooks Ambivalent Amphibians (Dancing Girl Press) and The Debt or the Crisis (Doublecross Press). You can find her poems and reviews in Rain Taxi; Bone Bouquet; Forklift, Ohio; Diagram; and other places. She lives in Minneapolis.
Until you slump and curl
your bones around the meat of home,
it is never clear what
pattern the shadow
of the past has made
In the neighborhood you still won’t claim,
a magic lantern
projects an image of you turning on a spit.
The oxygen you thought was yours is reassigned
to the body of the flame.
You are as dark, as tender
as you’re going to get.
Here in the schoolroom, the abattoir, the pit.
-- Ashleigh Lambert
Over the River Not Out of the Woods
I’m taking medical leave
from this clumsy struggle.
Sign me up for the slow drip
that ferries the weary away
From the hopeless, the extravagant waterfalling
hiding under the guise of Day.
I demand the pills that render
the river docile
I must be put in traction
At the crux of the water’s decision.
Wobbly as an egg in a storm,
there is only one thing worth asking
And can you see I’m asking for it
now, and now.
-- Ashleigh Lambert