Alethia Drehmer

Aleathia Drehmer was the one time editor of Durable Goods and In Between Altered States, co-editor of Full of Crow and Zygote in My Coffee, and art editor of Regardless of Authority. Her work has been published in print and online for poetry, fiction, and photography. She’s writing her first novel, The Secrets of Womanhood, and working long hours in an Emergency Room. Aleathia writes a blog called The Forked Road: A Journey of Friends which can be viewed at Her listing of publications, online and print, can be found at


Jackson Pollack

The Deep, 1953


It would be better
            if I didn’t know
the story of your life,
            if I didn’t fully
understand the disparity
involved in your demise
            if I couldn’t allow
myself a shred of forgiveness.


                        But there in the shallow
                        center of your soul
                        bears the mark
                        saved for misunder-
                        stood genius

                                    In the depth
                                    of the paint lies
                                    secrets only you
                                    and the devil
                                    will know.

                        I am left wanting
                        to fall face first
                        into this black-holed
                        universe you’ve created.


It would be better
            if I didn’t know
the story of your life.