Mark Mansfield is the author of one full-length collection of poetry, Strangers Like You (2009, revised 2016 Van der Decken). His poems have appeared in The Adirondack Review, Bayou, The Evansville ReviewFourteen Hills, Gargoyle, Iota, The Ledge, Limestone, Magma, The OpiatePotomac Review, Pouch, Salt Hill, Scrivener, Unsplendid, Waccamw, and elsewhere. He holds an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins and was a 2015 Pushcart Prize nominee. Currently, he lives in upstate New York.


What should be wings are anchors—like 
these words, their gaunt predictability  
haunting dusk past the white and darkening 
gray arch gracing the Manhattan Bridge.

Such half-smiles all whisper the same jive, Chris.
Some ephebe holding forth on Pomus then 
bop as the last shadows slow-drag across 
your lips:  of course, a pungent wisp of curry
mingling with sandalwood—O,  nothing,					
						nothing like a kiss . . .

2 thoughts on “Hushabye

  1. I continue to love the way the Visitant folks take a poem and make a visual that doesn’t change the message, just illuminates it the way our brains do. Nice work!

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