Joel Chace has published work in print and electronic magazines such as The Tip of the Knife, Counterexample Poetics, OR, Country Music, Infinity's Kitchen, and Jacket. Most recent collections include Sharpsburg, from Cy Gist Press, Blake's Tree, from Blue & Yellow Dog Press, Whole Cloth, from Avantacular Press, Red Power, from Quarter After Press, Kansoz, from Knives, Forks, and Spoons Press, and Web Too, from Tonerworks.
Probably she can’t recall when the thought came.
The idea, after all, is to make cessation slow,
an agony. Making the order, the whole school new and hers.
Good soldier, here is a wooden shield; you must bear it
lying down. Windows in Deb’s spacious office pulled in all
available light. Peine forte et dure. This boulder represents
your years of service. Records show only one occurrence.
Then I confess a lie to buy a life. Her happiest moments,
signing documents at her rolltop desk. More weight. More
weight. She roots for Notre Dame. And this stone stands for
loyalty of your students. The evidence was spectral but
admitted. More weight. Which is not life, but only death
in life. And here is your rock of rages; kindly place it
over your heart. She also frequently writes in her book.
Giles’s fongue being pressed out of his mouth, the Sheriff
with his cane forced it in again, as he was dying.