Issue #5 November 2015
Detail from Evening Wind by Tim Frisch

Daniel J. Rortvedt

Coyote Changes the Way We Listen

The fire truck’s howl, he tells us, is the same sound as ripping paper. A tornado siren nothing but the slow, vertical click of a light switch. Once you learn to listen through all of that, he says, you can't help but hear water boiling beneath the ground.

Before Shuffling The Music

for Janice

Consider                                    the silence
Mince the quarter notes                 between early life and death
Boil potatoes                                       Let the green tea
steep in a ceramic                                   cup
for six minutes                                          Touch nothing else
until the boats                                              return to the wharf