"When Adam sleeps, rain dowses the light.."

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Issue 11: The Necessary Eye

Issue 10: Out on a Limb

Issue 9: The Missing Body

Issue 8: The Lily

Issue 7: Passages

Issue 6: No More Tears

A quick list to poets featured in this issue:

Melissa Ahart

Sommer Browning

Sarah Busse

devin wayne davis

Karen D'Amato

Yaakov Fichman

Donna Johnson

Vera Kroms

Li Bo

Li Qingzhao

Ander Monson

Christopher Mulrooney


Todd Samuelson

Maria Terrone

Mihai Ursachi

Sophie Wadsworth

G.C. Waldrep

Martha Zweig

Yaakov Fichman
translated from the Hebrew by Jeff Friedman
and Nathan Schwartz


I love Adam. Like God, he is wise
and generous, and his blood is precious,
but the serpent whispers cruel thoughts in my ear,
his sweet breath passing over my body.

When Adam sleeps, rain dowses the light
in the garden, and the birds grow silent and fearful.
He calls me from the bushes, he calls me from the leaves
kindling a fire in my heart: "Taste it," he says, "taste it."

In the precise light of dawn, Adam's warm hand
caresses me, and he finds comfort on my breast
for he listens to the sound of my heart.

Yet every bush that reaches for the sun
leans to a different side in the dark, and the garden
is lush and lovely until night falls among the leaves.


Nathan Schwartz is a former Israeli soldier who now lives in the U.S.A.

Jeff Friedman is the author of three collections of poetry: Taking Down the Angel (Carnegie Mellon University Press 2003), Scattering the Ashes (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1998), and The Record-Breaking Heat Wave (BkMk Press- University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1986). His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Antioch Review, The Missouri Review, Manoa, New England Review and 5 AM.