Chinatown Skyline

Windows burnt into hard surfaces,
the territory of monoliths.

Empty rooms, dissipated presences,
blank ceilings seeing all we were.

The shades conceal cries, a restless moan.
The clocks tell our story,
kill it softly.

All the while
the smoke marks the sky
like a kiss on parted flesh.


Photography © Jennifer Matthews


C.M. Crockford is a writer and singer living in Brighton, Massachusetts. His stories and poetry have been published in the Baby Shoes anthology, Paradise In Limbo, The Finger, and High Tension. His story “Dearest” was also adapted for the Simply Scary podcast. He sings in the band Tin Flowers currently playing in New England.

Jennifer Matthews’ poetry has been published in Nepal by Pen Himalaya and locally by the Wilderness Retreat Writers Organization, Midway Journal, The Somerville Times, Ibbetson Street Press and Boston Girl Guide. Jennifer was nominated for a poetry award by the Cambridge Arts Council for her book of Poetry Fairy Tales and Misdemeanors. Her songs have been released nationally and internationally and her photography has been used as covers for a number of Ibbetson Street Press poetry books and has been exhibited at The Middle East Restaurant, 1369 Coffeehouses, Sound Bites Restaurant in Somerville and McLean Hospital.