First Semester


Mysterious fishes

swam sideways through her dreams

on the way to ask the bishop’s permission

to grant even more mysterious wishes.

It was a strange school: exotic, tropical.

They swam with the luminescent conviction

of a floodlit road sign,

yet her own body was unfamiliar,

transformed by the water’s opalescence

into something fluid, loose, and unknowable.


Gary Glauber is a poet, fiction writer, and teacher. His works have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. He recently took part in Found Poetry Review’s Pulitzer Remix project. Recent poems are published or forthcoming in Petrichor Review, OVS, Stone Voices, Heavy Feather Review, Emerge Literary Journal, Falling Star Magazine, The Bicycle Review, Red Ochre Lit, The Kitchen Poet and Black Cat Lit.