For Raymond Carver
Exhausted beyond dusk’s edge, she rushes into the smoke shop.
Patchouli smoke laces, washing into inks of green & violet tattoos.
Hendrix music floats, & neon light spikes windows of mouth
blown pipes, feathered clips, & amulets. People lounge on pillows,
centering a huffing hookah & shuffling tarot. She asks about
boxes. A man exhales the ocean’s breath, waving her slowly to the
back. Beyond goddess palettes & flickering cinematic clips, she
finds empty stacks: Cubaos, Trinidads, Romeo y Juliets, & others.
How much, she asks. Just take them all, he says. No charge.
Purses, altered books, & student art supplies’sift into fine colored
sand granules; layering her consciousness.
Alexandra Isacson is an Arizona State graduate who lives and teaches in the urban Phoenix area. Her poetry chapbook, Narcotic Silks, is recently published by Dancing Girl Press. She is also the author of Poetic Anthropologies, a tribute to the visual arts & humanities, published by Medulla Press (2011). Her poetry & prose appears in PANK, New World Writing (formerly The Mississippi Review), Blink Ink, FRiGG, & elsewhere. She is a Pushcart (2012, 2010) & Best of the Net Anthology (2009) nominee.
Leslie LaChance edits Mixitini Matrix: A Journal of Creative Collaboration, has curated The Wardrobe for Sundress Publications and written poetry reviews for Stirring: A Literary Collection. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, and her chapbook, How She Got That Way, was published in the quartet volume Mend & Hone by Toadlily Press in 2013. She teaches literature and writing at Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee, and if she is not teaching, writing, or editing, she has probably just gone to make some more espresso.