Fall/Winter 2016

Brent Newsom


Heat leaches away from the burn.
Pangs dull to insomniac ache.
Skin blisters, then seeps,
Then grows taciturn.
Puckers. Thirsts unslaked.
Seared skin’s memory can’t unlearn.
Sole salve I can tender: my lips.


Brent Newsom is the author of the poetry collection Love’s Labors (CavanKerry Press, 2015) and the librettist for A Porcelain Doll, an opera that will premiere in March 2017. He has also published poems in The Southern Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Measure, and other journals. He co-edits the journal Ink & Letters and teaches literature and writing at Oklahoma Baptist University.



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