Delusion

poem by Samantha Lê, music by Ryan Loyd Delusion Carried a single branch inside my river, downstream through milky lashes, tattooed lips and deceitful thighs. We are unreliable and cruel like the water. Carried you into goodbye fingers of spicy savage lickers…  carried you like a burden… like a shameful secret. You are the life, … Continue reading Delusion

“Border Crossing” by Samantha Lê published in The Minnesota Review

In “Border Crossing,” the speaker of the poem laments about being labeled an “illegal.” She remembers a life, before the change in geography, where she was a complete person, “but between the leaving and entering they changed how they look at me—objects once labeled can’t be relabeled, you know.” Somehow in the border crossing, her … Continue reading “Border Crossing” by Samantha Lê published in The Minnesota Review

“Fourteen” by Samantha Lê is published in Melbourne’s The Suburban Review #8

I’m honored to announce the publication of my poem “Fourteen” in The Suburban Review #8, Summer 2017 issue.  Available now online. About “Fourteen” The sonnet is one of my favorite forms—a compact love song that packs a punch.  In “Fourteen,” I used this traditional form to explore a contemporary subject.  This poem is about a … Continue reading “Fourteen” by Samantha Lê is published in Melbourne’s The Suburban Review #8

“Making Love on the Roof” by Samantha Lê is published in The Boiler Journal

I’m honored to announce the publication of my poem “Making Love on the Roof” Summer 2017 issue of The Boiler Journal.  This issue is available free online. About “Making Love on the Roof” On a city rooftop, two people try to find momentary relief from loneliness by surrendering their bodies to each other—to the possibility … Continue reading “Making Love on the Roof” by Samantha Lê is published in The Boiler Journal

“Conversations with the Diocese of the Desert” by Samantha Lê is published in 3Elements Literary Review

I’m honored to announce the publication of my poem “Conversations with the Diocese of the Desert” in issue no. 15 of 3Elements Literary Review, Summer 2017.  This issue is available free online. About “Conversations with the Diocese of the Desert” For this issue, contributors were tasked to use the words “temple,” “yard sale,” and “visitation” in … Continue reading “Conversations with the Diocese of the Desert” by Samantha Lê is published in 3Elements Literary Review

“Summer Sale” by Samantha Lê published in Common Ground Review

I’m honored to announce the publication of my poem “Summer Sale” in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Common Ground Review. About “Summer Sale” In this poem, the place—a strange antique shop located in an aging downtown of a forgotten town—is the subject.  The poem points the reader’s attention to the blue-colored objects in the shop and … Continue reading “Summer Sale” by Samantha Lê published in Common Ground Review

Samantha Lê ~ Featured Poet in the Aurorean, Spring/Summer 2017 issue

I’m honored to be a Featured Poet of the Aurorean Spring/Summer 2017 issue, and that my poems “La Comédie,” “Tongue Tied,” and “Your Absence” were selected for publication. [This issue of the Aurorean is now available for purchase.] About “La Comédie” A villanelle.  The refrains in this French form create a sing-song quality that contrasts with the bleakness … Continue reading Samantha Lê ~ Featured Poet in the Aurorean, Spring/Summer 2017 issue

Yellow Fruit Bowl

Your half eaten apple lies rotten— a mutilated carcass— in our yellow fruit bowl. I can't throw it out, this oxygen-infested fruit, because you still breathe within it. And I haven't picked the fruits like you've asked me; your sun-burn apples and oranges still hang limply from their branches in our yard; waiting... as I … Continue reading Yellow Fruit Bowl

Dear Husband

She is your daughter. Your tongue flaps, like a catfish dragged from muddy water on pointed hook, between her iron jaws. Jaws that snap shut into the flat line of your EKG the day your hairy heart stopped. Each time she smiles your cigarette- stained teeth grind me in the face, daring me to hold … Continue reading Dear Husband

On “The Hanging Family Tree”

“The Hanging Family Tree” employs what Robert Pinsky, in his book The Sounds of Poetry, calls “like and unlike sounds” in order to intensify the meaning of key thematic lines and to create shifts in the musical effects of the poem.

Searching for Religion in Iced Tea

I. The voice of god stomps through centuries and blood baths—like persistent wild flowers sprouting through the cracks of fallen civilizations— to reach my ears.  It is as soothing as a summer afternoon in the Arizona desert—with naked skin charred and scorched by blades of sun. His holy third eye blinks to reveal gray caterpillar … Continue reading Searching for Religion in Iced Tea

On “Acquainted with the Night” by Robert Frost

The alienation of the cityscape creates a profound sense of isolation, which is represented not just in the images but also in the construction of the lines. Every sentence in this poem begins with “I.”