New poem from the Winter 2013 issue: Joshua Gage’s “Confession”

4 Feb


too many times I try to wash off
the stars of your stigmata
only to smell of lavender.

I sip free coffee
at a Woolworth’s counter,
try to swallow the coin
you slipped my tongue as I slept.

Do you still yearn
to come back a grizzly,
gold button in your ear?
At night I whisper,
like chipped porcelain,
prayers I can’t remember.

We will plant you at the roots
of a Pacific mountain,
a seam of taconite
in a gingham dress.

I will flaw every quilt after you,
sew a square of red at the center.
When my stitching frays, promise
paw prints in the bunting.

3 Responses to “New poem from the Winter 2013 issue: Joshua Gage’s “Confession””

  1. Stephen Ramey February 6, 2013 at 18:18 #

    Wow, this is good stuff. That opening stanza blew me away, and I never slowed down from there.

    • pea river journal February 7, 2013 at 16:19 #

      Thank you for reading, Stephen. We fell in love with this poem at first read and keep finding new nuances every time we revisit it. We are thrilled to have three of Joshua Gage’s poems to share in this issue. He has a distinct voice and creates spaces like little cliffs for the reader to choose whether to jump across or dive in. We love that.


  1. Pea River Journal Poetry Reading, Publication Celebration, and Signing | pea river journal - June 14, 2013

    […] states to speak their powerful voices. Readers include Cleveland’s local poetry guru and author Joshua Gage, plus Sara Walton, Suzanne McWorter, and Robert Daniels, and kicking it off will be Sir Lemonhead […]

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