The Lunar System

by Louis Gallo

Sometimes we step out to gaze

at the moon, the wife and I,
and she says, awful how it’s littered now
with metal parts, not like
when we were kids--
I suck hard on my pipe,
wrap an arm around her shoulder
and note I’m clutching a bone,
a clavicle, right below the
loosening skin.
A crying shame, I say,
horror coursing through my arteries
like moonlight, juice of bones.



Two volumes of Louis Gallo’s poetry, Crash and Clearing the Attic, will be published by Adelaide in the near future. A third, Archaeology, will be published by Kelsay Books. His work has appeared or will appear in Wide Awake in the Pelican State (LSU anthology), Southern Literary Review, Glimmer Train, New Orleans Review, and many more. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize several times. He is the recipient of an NEA grant for fiction. He teaches at Radford University in Radford, Virginia.

Fiction by Louis Gallo:

"The Theory of Specific Relativity" October 2020

Poetry by Louis Gallo:

"The Lunar System" October 2020
"Headline News" October 2020
"The Joy of Astrophysics" October 2020
"Faustian Demon" October 2020
"Mind" by April 2020
"Bell's Theorem" April 2020
"E=MC2" April 2020
"The Big Picture—Smelling the Roses" December 2019
"Zeno's Arrow" December 2019
"Disorder" by December 2019
"Schrodinger" October 2019
"Brain Cells" October 2019