Gargoyle 54
Cover by Emma Lizzie Downing
Published 3/13/2009

Table of Contents


Susan Burgess-Lent
• Kenya Kronicles

Gloria Dyc 
• Living in the Shadow

Josip Novakovich 
• Cat Named Sobaka


Kwame Alexander
• I(mus) Be Crazy
After Reading E. Ethelbert Miller

John Amen
Missive #6
• Missive #11

Lisa Andrews
The Tigers

 Threat to Our Community

Naomi Ayala
• On Monday Evening The Radiators Hold Their Breath
• Horses

Lucy Biederman
• Pastoral

Linda Joy Burke
• Off the Chain

Joan Colby
• Shell

Teri Ellen Cross
• Morning when a dream lingers

Alba Cruz-Hacker
• March 2007
• Flesh Eaters at Sunbridge Psychiatric Facility

Jim Daniels
• The Abyssinian Baptist Gospel Choir Esperanto
• Marvin Gaye Esperanto

Hayes Davis
• Chinese Takeout Dream

Barbara DeCesare
• The Day After I Destroyed the Women, I Wished I Had Not
Destroyed Them

Danny diCrispino
• Ghazal for Gary Blankenburg

Emma Lizzie Downing
• Piggly Wiggly

Barbara Drake
• Love over Sixty

Bobbi Dykema
• For Gwen
• The Bare Necessity of Place

Sean Enright
• Sheep

Gary Fincke
• The Danger of Yawning

Hugh Fox
• We Arrive
Aging Comfortably

Jean Genet
• Love Song
Dialogue between the Sun and Moon

Robert L. Giron
• Santa Fe

Marilyn Kallet
• Is There Lightning on Venus?

Stephen Kessler
• When Edgar Met Audrey

Burgi Zenhaeusern
• Evening New

Oliver A. Khan
• Empire

Ron Koertge
• Library Opens at 1:00 Today

Karen Kovacik
• Elegy for My Sex Life

Gerry LaFemina
• No Omen

Gerry LaFemina
• Thinking Really Hard about God

Mike Maggio
• I Was Born in America

David McLean
• for Georg Trakl

Didi Menéndez
• El Gallo

Philip Miller
• Sex after Death?—The Ghost Says, “Yes, Yes”

Barbara Moraff
• September Fruit
Labial Bond Juxtapose
evoking maha machenmo

Ann Power
• Arcimboldo’s Law
• Displacement

Anne Marie Rooney
• Bonnie and Clyde at a costume party

Lorraine Schein
• The Crafty Ones

Cathryn Shea
• Under “M”

Judith Skillman
• The Crinolines

Cheryl Stiles
• Watercress Sings

Carolyn Stoloff
• Where Are You?

Adrienne Su
• Harvard

Jennifer K. Sweeney
• Death Valley

Todd Swift
• Ivo, Marianopolis, 1984
Mr. Death

Meg Thompson
• Little-Known Facts about Ford Festivas

Melissa Tuckey
• A Lesson in Cuban Cooking

ruth weiss
• I Am Calling You
for Carol Bergé (1928–2006)
For Philip Lamantia

Mike White
• World Peace

Allison Whittenberg
• One World or None



Holly Anderson
• Recipe for Returning

Carol Bergé
• We Are Not Alone

Neal Blaikie
• Bubbles Rise

Andrei Bhuyan
• You Said You’ll Walk Beside Me

Traci O. Connor
• Starla and June

Kathleen de Azevedo
• The Cure

Kiki Denis
• Foreign Student Prostitutes’ Club

Rachel Dixon
• Sun and Sea and Silver

John Domini
• Blinded by Paparazzi

Ed Falco
• Saint John of the Five Boroughs—An Excerpt

Robert Gregory
• Incidents of 1903
Gone On (An Epitaph)

Lucy Honig
• The Deluxe Package

Ian Christopher Hooper
• Asakusa Station

Craig Kakuda
• The Secrets of Bonsai Gardening

Ángela Labordeta
• Barcelona!!

Elise Levine
• All We Did

Norman Lock
• To Each According to His Sentence

Lalita Noronha
• Cat Cry

Carol Novack
• The Eating Habits of the Poor

Steven Schutzman
• War of Choice

Glenn Small
• Auto Reply

Marilyn Stablein
• Alphabet Sex

M. Kaat Toy
• What Is News?

Letitia Trent
• The Dancer

Michael Wilding
• Master Class

Gerald R. Wheeler

Susan Smith Nash