Author Archives: Nick Triolo

Amity and Prosperity

IN 2007, while crossing a Nigerian river atop a steel drum because a nearby bridge had collapsed, Eliza Griswold recalled the Interstate 35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis that killed 13 people Continue reading

14 Alaskan Vocabulary Words

1. Mount Denali. The subject of a postcard photograph to send home as a misleading boast of an adventure you haven’t yet had. 2. Outhouses. When nature calls, half the town Continue reading

Pine’s Prayer against Lumberjacks

Red-buzzing-spindle-bud, Orange-lightning-clover-scale, Yellow-moon-blowfish-mud, Green-crater-raindrop-prayer, Blue-turtle-stamen-flood, Violet-paw print-sulphur-hail, Black-birdsong-limestone-sea— the smallest pea’s brain-symphony. They’ll break the forest’s velvet sleep with axes, fires’ glowing eyes. With fingers feathered omens deep, while breathing, river, Continue reading

Diaspora Sonnet 44

My paradise is hollowed out. I dwell within a famished basin populated by the purpled crowns of Russian thistle. This sage desert is a dry throat and I am a whole Continue reading

The Kinetic Energy of Snow

Not so rare as the meteor that flashed its tufted wings over Russia three days before you were born, its little blazing tail hooked right into me—not so rare as the Continue reading