April 29 – Alicia Elkort

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He asked what the implications would be

He asked what the implications would be 

if we were to love each other. I said 
planetarium I said hubris I said expulsion—
I could see how the tenor of our time 
would be about eating an apple, spitting 
out the seeds, it was the way he didn’t care 
for poetry, the way he whispered in his sleep.
Why would I pet a donkey when the mare 
was out to pasture? The vowels would leave 
my mouth before I’d had enough time 
to express the brilliance of a plum, sweet 
and sour on the tongue. I want you to know 
I had good intentions, he could be kind, 
and all his planets were rising with Jupiter’s 
rings, it’s just that the panic attacks 
wouldn’t cease until I was alone, pacing 
the living room, searching for stars, snow 
landing on a branch. I called a council 
of angels, and do you know they appeared 
with harps and lyres? But they didn’t play 
that night, they only blew a north wind 
over our dark sky. Dawn made every
omen clear. The angels meant to help. 

Published by Pedestal Magazine

On driving all night to find the shaman who will help me &

On driving all night to find the shaman who will help me &

then I breathe, draughts of air in my lungs,
a $30 white t-shirt

wet with dew, I bought from a store with a blue
awning, down the street

from where I live by the ocean, I am far from there
now; the awning gray-blue

like any sky at dawn, & now it snows & snows,
a hand in the air

conjures a different scent, sweet like juniper & cold
like rosemary, but today

clouds clamp the trees in a silver wrap with no loose ends,
here in the mountains

where sweat evaporates from my neck, I’ve come to heal,
my mind is split—

there’s the me & the child me who is screaming &
terror rides us both

into a numb frenzy, the shaman holds my head in her arms,
There now, I got you.

Sage burns. Let it out, she says, terror must have its day,
& by that she means

repressed terror, & by that she means for me to take up more
space than I ever have before

while coyotes wild against the stars, wet fur & fangs—we are all
howling together,

& now a clearing, a quiet so dark the black sky lays out the cosmos
as if I belonged

to something majestic, instead of twisted on the floor remembering
what I never wanted

to forget, the child by the door, it never should have happened,
when he stole her light.

Published by Cultural Daily


Izobel Bio – I go by Izzy most of the time, though when I’m in warrior mode, I’m Izobel. I like treats. Especially if they are thrown across the room and I have to hunt them down. I have two siblings that I tolerate. I love poetry and as she writes, I sit by her side and offer suggestions. I have my own cat bed corner on the desk, otherwise I’d sit on her hands as she types. Life is good. 



Alicia Elkort’s first book of poetry, A Map of Every Undoing was published in 2022 by Stillhouse Press with George Mason University, after winning their book contest. Alicia’s poetry has been nominated several times for the Pushcart, Best of the Net, and the Orison Anthology and her work appears in numerous journals and anthologies. She reads for Tinderbox Poetry Journal and works as a Life Coach in Santa Fe, NM. For more info or to watch her two video poems: Alicia’s Website

Don’t forget to read the Spring 2024 Issue of Gyroscope Review.

NPM 2024 Poets

April 1 – Cal Freeman

April 2 – Susanna Lang

April 3 – Marion Brown

April 4 – Melissa Huff

April 5 – Elaine Sorrentino

April 6 – Alison Stone

April 7 – Alexandra Fössinger

April 8 – Laurie Kuntz

April 9 – Dick Westheimer

April 10 – Wendy McVicker

April 11 – J.I. Kleinberg

April 12 – Ellen Austin-Li

April 13 – D. Dina Friedman

April 14 – Connie Post

April 15 – Georgina Key

April 16 – Judith McKenzie

April 17 – Jacqueline Jules

April 18 – Amanda Hayden

April 19 – Lisa Zimmerman

April 20 – Richard Jordan

April 21 – Beth Kanell

April 22 – Kari Gunter-Seymour

April 23 – Jane Edna Mohler

April 24 – Susan Cummins Miller

April 25 – Kathleen Wedl

April 26 – Judy Kronenfeld

April 27 – Claudia M. Reder

April 28 – Tresha Faye Haefner

April 29 – Alicia Elkort