Untitled Country Review (ISSN 2152-7903), published quarterly during 2010-2013, features poetry, book reviews, photography, and short works of non-fiction. Thank you for visiting.

Issue 1: Pam Uschuk

One Theory of Poetry

                                    for Bill

It’s the solace of lazuli buntings
and chipping sparrows I hear 
while nuthatches laugh, scaling the pine
in full view of the overweight cat 
who bats at remnant moths bumping glass.
This is the hour before owls take the trees,
hour of snake retreat, of the tarantula’s
return to the gravel yard, panic hour 
when trees are not what they seem, gray 
hour when the dead look for sustenance
in a set of misplaced car keys.   

Even now I long to see her, gorgeous Figure in the Flame, 
hear her tap those ashy feet, impatient with 
Ovid’s sniveling
into the meaning of life.  
I must get on with my burning, 
her white lips sizzle as she steps 
back into that inferno of suffering she adores.

Alone I watch car lights bounce
through the dark mood of branches 
comforting as luna moths on fire  
tattooing the road to home.

--Pam Uschuk

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