Amanda N. Butler

Coronaville

Image: Stillness by Ami Prasad

It’s peaceful out here on the ledge, equidistant to outcomes.
The sound of wind has replaced my racing thoughts.
I can breathe.
I can be.… Read more

Down with the Ship

Briton among missing
Miami building collapse
citizen both British, U.S.

scores still missing
stories by the dozen
authorities confirm
12 floors fallen

mother
father
baby Patel
internationalize
America’s decay

    (the … Read more

Congressman’s Warning

False systemic fraud
will lead to
blood spilled

— Congressman Pete warns

denouncing such rhetoric
obscene!
dangerous!

“More people will die
of craven propaganda
    like this.”

(a digital bird told … Read more

Hem-hawing

I loved the sweet little beachfront condo
where relocated with spouse
to live when our oldest of
three had two children

then when her grown family moved
north from chill … Read more

Russian Spat

London’s lost its manners
Crimean confrontation
The U.K. plays it down
Russia cranks it up

Britain
prepared to sail

Moscow
turbining water warplanes

shots fired
—a warning!

more exercises
calisthenics… Read more

The Pollen Of Life

Image: Life by Ami Prasad

In the darkness of the night,
a delicate butterfly
sprinkled the pollen of life,
fragile yet sublime,
A celebration took place somewhere
Someone mourned the … Read more

Stasis

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What are 24,000 years in a kaleidoscope of ice and dreams
I can smell the inside of a freezer as the misty air
passes to my lungs
A hollow cell … Read more

Still, I Rise

Still, I rise above the hot zones
that spread across America, like the heatwave
in the eighties when thirty-two deaths a day
from an act of God was a national … Read more

Old Growth

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Image: Rebirth by Ami Prasad

There is an emptiness to slender trees from which the layer of leaves
They’ve shed has only begun to melt into the undergrowth
Their youth … Read more

The Inheritance

Maybe it was in the genes Banneker inherited
from his ancestors, the Dogon, who, while the houses
of Lancaster and York ravaged the English countryside,

migrated to a southern bend … Read more