2 poems by Jared Beloff

Poetry, Punk Noir Magazine

Politicians discussing climate change

                after Isaac Cordal

faces, stripped like tree limbs,

or fish lipping 

the water’s skin 

bald, scale sore and slow to rise,

or rocks that

hide beneath the

surface, determining the flow for 

what we 

cannot see:

an open mouth, a tongue caught

like a hook


supplication sounds like drowning,

anger dips

under the ebb,

a ninth wave. we’ve run out

of names

for windswept

clouds and coasts battered

our arms 

tired, tied.

How to smile in front of a melting glacier

her jacket bunches at the knot, 

wrists held in place before her

smile’s rictus fades into the camera’s

light— she stands there wondering 

whether her smile is now seeping 

through sand to rejoin the ocean 

or the dark mountains revealed 

beneath its gleam.

Jared Beloff is a teacher and poet who lives in Queens, NY with his wife and two daughters. You can find his work in Contrary Magazine, Rise Up Review, Barren Magazine, Bending Genres, The Shore and elsewhere. He is the editor of the Daily Drunk Magazine’s forthcoming anthology of Marvel inspired poetry, Marvelous Verses. His work was nominated for Best of the Net 2021. You can find him online at www.jaredbeloff.com. Follow him on twitter @read_instead