The Talking Board

By Tabitha Ashura


Hasbro says pass go
Fingers divine
from worlds beyond

Eight years old
and speaking
to spooks

Planchette paces
Curran calls collect
penning the finest poems

Operator channels
Seth speaking
Alpha zeta Satan

Joshua Tucker, Stephen Young
modern male malevolence
did it tell you?

Song Dynasty spiritualism
Ideomotor mysticism
No, no; non, nein

Patented communications
with malevolent spelling
Yes, yes; oui, ja


Tabitha Ashura is poet and German to English translator in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of the Arts from Sarah Lawrence College.

Photo by Killian Czuba, courtesy of the board she keeps locked in her closet.