M. F. McAuliffe, 4/20/2020

Current Occupation: Co-founder, co-editor, Gobshite Quarterly and Reprobate/GobQ Books
Former Occupations: Co-founder co-editor, Gobshite Quarterly
Contact Information: M. F. McAuliffe is the author of 1.75 books of poetry, two books of fiction, and co-author of the limited edition artists’ book, Golems Waiting Redux. Her verse and stories have appeared in The Clarion Awards, The Writing Disorder, Australian Short Stories, The Merida Review, Poezija (Zagreb), Prairie Schooner, as well as in WORK. Her most recent publication is 25 Poems on the Death of Ursula K. Le Guin, available through any bookstore connected to the Web. She is the co-founder and co-editor of the multilingual journal Gobshite Quarterly and its sister press, Reprobate/GobQ Books.





In the lighted room

the editors

at their sleek

brown desks

surrounded by

open carpet and neon


sit sideways

to the windows


Their bookcases


with hanging gardens



like waterfalls


the editors dream of

walking in old growth forest


In the darker room

cluttered, crowded

metal cans of computer-tape

floor to ceiling

data entry sit

with their backs to the window


The walls are covered

with five-foot posters of basketball stars

climbing the air

in shoes like rock, in shoes like concrete


Data entry can’t move in the crush


dream of

bursting upwards,


becoming stars.


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