THE PARAGON JOURNAL BLOG 

September 11, 2017

—question asked by Wendy Scott Paff          

My parents would drive an hour & a half to the nearest mall

where we’d shop in department stores that don’t exist today,

me hiding in clothes racks, pretending a minute passed,

but only one. T...

September 10, 2017

            —internet questionnaire     

I hear in my head:

songs of discordant

dialogue with folks

that should fear my words,

I think, but won’t

because I never enter

this discourse aloud.

I take shorter showers,

let the stream...

September 9, 2017

[question asked by Cliff Isaacs]        

I’ve tried. I’ve watched

The Walking Dead & Game of Thrones,

read Emma Cline’s The Girls

in hardback, but I hear music on the radio &

think it was better in the 90s & the 80s &

all the times before—odd,

bec...

September 8, 2017

—Mary Oliver, “The Gardens”         

“That tickles,” she tells me,

flinching, tugging my hand

away from blue lines

tattooed on her calf.

Not that I want her to twitch

or dance a frantic twist

from her prone position

belly-down on clean violet shee...

September 7, 2017

                                    [question asked by Jeff Carter]         

Your toes will choose. They know

how to move along parallel lines

that...

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