Michael Tyrell's poem "Delicatessen" from our Spring 2014 issue has been selected by guest editor Sherman Alexie for Best American Poetry 2015!
(after Hurricane Sandy & 3 nights of no power)
In the delicatessen a last avocado.
Black, pulpy—a kind of soft grenade.
I set it down
for probably nobody.
I step out—not through doors
but through clear plastic tatters
shimmering in a doorframe.
Hothouse roses on the shelves outside;
hyacinths in foiled cups.
Calling storms by dumb names—
not the shabbiest way of neutering disaster,
Like the pit bull called Cuddles,
the Lovers’ Lane near the sewage treatment plant—