Issue 1
The Garonne River Shifts Her Direction

The Garonne River Shifts Her Direction

Maybe I should have saved
those leftover dreams…

– “Here’s That Rainy Day”

So perhaps I made it all up—that these cannons sound
to break the heaviest of clouds, eliminate the yin
and yang that birth the lightning, and the thunder
that’s sure to follow. When I share this story, it makes
no sense, I know. I, too, envision one single man

in a floppy worn hat, running to restock artillery
in fourteen-second increments, to keep us all
storm-free. As though this is all it takes to rule
the weather. As though any one of us could be
the reason that lightning strikes another of us

down. And yet, here I am and here we are, listening
to roosters now crow, to the birds in flight resume
their chirp of the day. You and I are alive and well,
safe within our structures. This, so absurd—one man
in a hat, a figment at best, remnant of every lost dream.

Nuclear power. A howl in the distance. The absence of afternoon bees.

Jacqueline Jones LaMon is the author of two award-winning collections of poetry, most recently, Last Seen (University of Wisconsin Press), and a novel, In the Arms of One Who Loves Me (Ballantine Books). An Associate Professor at Adelphi University, where she teaches in the MFA program, she has received fellowships from Yaddo Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, among others. She serves as the President of Cave Canem Foundation, Inc., and lives in Brooklyn, New York.