11.6.16 Mirror, Mirror

14900463_1175371335883939_99232522120985703_nShakti Gawain said, “The people we are in relationships with are always a mirror, reflecting our own beliefs, and simultaneously we are mirrors, reflecting their beliefs.” Whether we are reflecting you, or you are reflecting us, we can’t say for sure, but what we do know is that poets still seek meaning in all forms of reflection, especially images in—and of—the mirror. Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged, when in this week’s show we’ll explore the many ways we see—and attempt to understand—ourselves in our reflections, whether they appear in a mirror, a window, a toaster, or the ocean.


The Gigans: IX – Ruth Ellen Kocher

Things Constellate – Richard Barengarten

Nazbas – Sherwin Bitsui

Echo – Rick Barot

Martini with Borges’ Eyes – Sarah Wetzel

The Influence of Anxiety – Andrew Kozma

Hymn – Ann Shaw

A Promising – Tom Thompson

Shaking Free of an Epiphany – Ravi Shankar

Absence – Ann Marie Macari

Empire #1: Mirror – Xochiquetzal Candelaria

Sooth Seers – Evie Shockley

In This Economy Even Businessmen Go Down – Alex Dimitrov

To Blackness – Lynne Thompson

Seven Reasons for Divorce – Victoria Chang

Birthplace of Memorial Day – Gabriel Welsch

A Windmill Makes a Statement – Cate Marvin

Lobster – Anthony Walton

Losing Solomon – Sean Nevin

White Slip on the Paris Metro – Eliot Khalil Wilson

Peregrine Falcon, New York City – Robert Cording

Fear of Wonder – Maria Hummel

Doppelganger (for Omaira Sanchez) – Rigoberto Gonzalez

Ballad for the Daily Condition – Jennifer K. Sweeney

Emergency V – Mariano Peyrou, translated by Curtis Bauer

The Expensive View – Gabriel Welsch

Bloom – Chad Sweeney

Two by Two – Luljeta Lleshanaku

Battle of the Mountain Turtle – Terry L. Kennedy

On Being Asked Who the You is in My Poems – Paul Guest

The Bullet’s Way – Sarah R. Gallardo, translated by Heath Wing



Days of Dirty Mirrors – 23 and Beyond the Infinite

On the Other Side of the Mirror – Asthmatic Astronaut

I’ll Be My Mirror – 8in8

In the Mirror – Phemale

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