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Apocalypse III, 2020, fine art print on Hahnemühle paper with burns, by Miguel Rothschild

Issue 120, Spring 2023

Twelve Stone House

I tried to sell the moon
what the sun
watched through the clouds
on the other side of the world.
I wagered the sun,
that the moon wouldn’t buy,
and they both paid me in long days.
I apologized to the universe
for tricking the sun and moon,
and became a farmer of feathers,
to cover the naked birds that were plucked
for their beauty and oil.
Then, the wind came. It took me.

John Gosslee

John Gosslee was born in Flowood, Mississippi, in 1980. His teens and early twenties were spent in Nashville. His poetry appears in Yale Review, Poetry Ireland, and Asimov’s Science Fiction. He edited 50 Contemporary Women Artists, which received a Foreword Reviews Women’s Studies Award. Read more about the author at