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 Review, Fourteen Hills, Gargoyle, Iota, The Ledge, Limestone, Magma, The Opiate, Potomac 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.
Hushabye 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 . . .