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Issue 11

POETS

BACKSTROM, BILL
BARNETT, BRIAN
BOWMAN, DEAN
BRASSEUR, JEAN
BRYAN, TANYA
CAMBERN, DIANE
CORJESCU, DAN
DANNUNZIO JONES, NICK
DANOWSKY, MARK
DAVIS, JIM
EHRLICH, JACOB
ELLMAN, NEIL
ESPOSITO, DAVID
FLEURY, LARRY
GABLER, STEPHANIE
GILCHRIST, STEPHEN
GILMORE, JAMES
GOLDEN, SYLVIA
HART, PIORRE
JOY, BERNARD
KEARNEY, RACHEL
KELLER, MARIA
KOJI, WILLIAM F.
KUINTZLE, RACHAEL
LAIR, MICHAEL
MARGETTS, JONATHAN
MINARD, JAMES
POPIEL, KRISTINA
S., PREETI
SCHWENK, MELISSA
SEYMOUR, JIM
SMOTHERS, SHIRLEY
STONE, ANDREW
WILSON, CONNOR

Piorre Hart



The band of gold on my finger
Has lost its luster…
To the golden sunset




Bill Backstrom



She left flowers on the hidden grave
Ever cautious that no one followed
Officially, he’s only missing




Bill Backstrom



Birds sing, soft then loud
Here I am, pick me, pick me
Spring perched in March trees




William F. Koji



Her lips were heart shaped
She was so beautiful
She sang love songs




William F. Koji



San Gabriel Canyon
Lives again with prospectors
Sifting river'sold




Rachael Kuintzle



The jewels we possess are costly and pure
but we paid for them more than they're worth,
my dear.




Bernard Joy



I won’t ask you where the wild geese go
or what portion of the water parts from the moon
as you are you may still try to answer me




Sylvia Golden



Not a speck of sun
Tangerine tingles on tongue
Turns fret into bliss




Sylvia Golden



Chilled air like mustard
Creeps into brain ruthlessly
Clearing jungled head




Rachel Kearney



The rain becomes us.
We are puddles.
To merge.




Neil Ellman



My sister Jane and I behind the barn
we played with destiny
and were its toys.




Dan Corjescu



You see, I'm a poet
and I'm licensed to repeal
The Luminescence of the Real




Preeti S.



I nurture old sighs
Emptying an amateur mind
Of diligent smiles




James Gilmore



A wolf eats his prey
He dies if he does not kill
This is as life is




James Gilmore



A leaf falls slowly
It is transferred to the ground
Its life takes new form




Jim Seymour



after the scolding-
100 pound Lab
crawls up on my lap




Jim Seymour



barely a tug on the leash-
we trudge home together
in the cold, soaking rain




Melissa Schwenk



Oblivion by the sun would be easier
than if those spotted cheetahs jumped
the last foot of distance between us.




Diane Cambern



My soul will travel far tonight,
settle down beside you as you sleep.
Dream.




Shirley Smothers



Anger consumes me
Eats my soul like a cancer
Self inflicted hell




Diane Cambern



As if there were glass on every side of you
As if you could smash it all
and make it go away




Connor Wilson



A life by a river
no water in sight
some river you are




Preeti S.



breathing, standing tall
witness to timeless ordeal
forgive gaping cracks




Dean Bowman



Sleepwalking, spiraling Earth
Awake in your world of dreams
Where delusion feigns reality




Stephen Gilchrist



In our green youth
we climbed high,
limitless.




Bill Backstrom



Rabbit rings doorbell
Bear knocks then enters swiftly
Spring in the forest




Jonathan Margetts



Strawberries congeal
in plastic jars
outside an Essex station.




Larry Fleury



the spring horizon flashes
electrons meet electrons
sparking a handshake




Larry Fleury



Listen to the shyness
drizzle on Ash Wednesday
The day's silent and I accept that.




Larry Fleury



The piano is melting
in a living room
somewhere west




Dan Corjescu



The skin dries while love fasts
breath becomes slow ice
a little boy wishes he had more hands




Jacob Ehrlich



Massaging my foot soles,
They are rank, tender and juvenile
like You, unwashed and lovely.




Jacob Ehrlich



Fall leaves lay silent on the ground,
only one pine branch dances slowly
before the whitewash sky.




Stephanie Gabler



ecstatic black cat stretched out
doing ballet in the sun
slithers on the asphalt




Andrew Stone



Plunge past the antique
surface of ageless flesh
into a sight unseen




Brian Barnett



dying leaves crumble
paying tribute to Samhain
parade the children




Brian Barnett



October skies bloom
dying embers of summer
witches in the wind




David Esposito



The apparition obsesses over the smell of
Roses and scorns at the shadow of steel as it
Cowers before marble fig leaves




James Minard



Like people, leaves show
their brightest colors before
they wither away.




Michael Lair



Love like nicotine,
you always draw me back in.
I'm unable nor willing to quit.




Jim Davis



sunning myself
on the patio, the dog
escaping to shade




Kristina Popiel



Single bee in a morning glory,
you’re a graverobber
in her purple marrow.




Kristina Popiel



Imagine the terror of evergreens in autumn.
Imagine dawn after infinite dawn,
the smell of decaying leaves thin in the cold.




Jean Brasseur



afraid to touch your love
letters soft from wear
I watch from behind the velvet rope




Maria Keller



As I try to remember
The stories you told,
I do not know you.




Tanya Bryan



waves stealing
away sand
to build their own castle




Mark Danowsky



mischief eve day
the last Moon flower blooms proud
night falls too early




Mark Danowsky



pet skunk’s first birthday
celebrated at Petco
pictures were taken




Mark Danowsky



mood shifts powerful
taking lives to life taking
wrong albums spell doom




Nick DAnnunzio Jones



Seattle Sundays
Dream farmers seeding the clouds
Produce rainberries