AMP. Always Electric.

Volume 2, No. 1


The love of my life is gone.

I am young again
Straddling a split-rail fence, rapt.

That song plays as we drive
to the madrigal. 

Easter eggs are secreted in burial nooks.
Years after, the shells are found.
I am trying to win you back,
reading script from a silent movie.

You tell where you’ve lived
in your straw hat and skirt.

Then it is later, the catkins long,
the mustard sere and withered.
You are an image
that words want to hold,
a desire that withdraws to taunt.

You are what no one is.
How I could fall again for you
a vapor    a sunrise
everything    nothing

the bluff that awakens
dread and hope?


David Applebaum

David Appelbaum is a professor of philosophy at SUNY New Paltz. His work, in a series of books, focuses on the transcendent nature of ordinary things, including Everyday Spirits (SUNY Press, 1995). For ten years, he was editor-in-chief of Parabola Magazine, with its concern for wisdom traditions and the search for meaning. Publisher of Codhill Press, an independent literary small press which he founded fifteen years ago, he has produced a booklist of nearly one hundred titles, including authors of international reputation. A number of collections of his own poems have been published, including most recently, Jiggerweed (Finishing Line Press, 2011) and Letters and Found Poems of Edisa and Chloe (Codhill Press, 2013).