Tango by Pris Campbell

Tango When the mermaids of mercy come to me, trailing seaweed and translucent beings to my bed, they sing stories of when they had legs, walked earth with the dinosaurs before the floods made them half-fish, half women, like I Continue reading Tango by Pris Campbell

Just Say No by Pris Campbell

Just Say No Ever since grandfather broke the decency rules in my childhood, men in authority could make my knees buckle if they pushed hard enough and despite my wish that the earth would open, pulling them under with fire Continue reading Just Say No by Pris Campbell

Swept Away by Pris Campbell

Swept Away My fingernails dig into pavement’s end, a void opening beneath me. Columbus lied. The world is flat. The Mayflower barely made it. The illusions we live in fade as the planet tilts under the seismic shift of our Continue reading Swept Away by Pris Campbell

First Man by Pris Campbell

First Man Should he become ‘First Man’, Bill wonders what he will do with himself. Should he redesign the Blue Room in plush leather, pose in designer suits the press can review in GQ, make a film about which President Continue reading First Man by Pris Campbell

pris campbell | erosion

The Rape of Proserpina | Sculpture by Bernini Erosion Vietnam wasn’t just over there, I tell you, hand you that photograph. Ship barely home to Pearl Harbor, it’s the night of our wedding party. Our lives have already begun to Continue reading pris campbell | erosion

pris campbell | leave your hat on & night wind

Leave Your Hat On I had a dream. You were in it. I was in it with you. Randy Newman In this dream, this late summer dream, born of angel wings and cobwebs, of too many birthdays and graying hair, Continue reading pris campbell | leave your hat on & night wind