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Issue 13

POETS

AGARWAL, PRATEEK
ALDERMAN, SARAH E.
ANTEBI, DEBBI
BICKLEY, SARA
BURESH, RYAN
CLARKE, LAUREN
CORJESCU, DAN
CRUNKILTON, ADAM
DA VINCI, GIA
DRURY, IVO
EDWARDS, DAVID
EVANS, LEE
EVERETT, IAN
HEMMERICH, MATT
HOULE, BETTY
HOWELL, ROBERT
JOY, BERNARD
KOJI, WILLIAM F.
LARKE, MAUDE
LEO, JILL
LESLIE, STEPHEN
MCGAVOCK, IE
MICHAEL, PETRA
MIDDLETON, KAYLYN
NESTEROVA, YULIYA
NYBERG, SYDNEY
PELLA, PATRICIA
POHL, STEPHEN
RATCLIFFE, MICHAEL
SAMUELSON, AUDREY
SHIERS, RICHARD
SIMMONS, ANDY
WILSON, CONNOR
ZNAIDI, ALI

Lee Evans



Winter Olympics—
Downhill on the frozen snow,
A dry leaf coasting




Lee Evans



Just take what you need
And leave the rest on the shore
The incessant river




Debbi Antebi



cigarette break
she inhales the smoke
exhales her problems




Debbi Antebi



a pebble in my shoe–
the conversation
I wish we didn’t have




Richard Shiers



She has power
over all of us
but she chose me




Richard Shiers



She wanted my heart
But it belonged
In someone else's chest




Yuliya Nesterova



Time reading poetry,
Classic to Modern –
Rhythm conquers rhyme.




Petra Michael



Fight on the U-Bahn.
A quiet ride home derailed.
My heart is beating.




Connor Wilson



I sometimes drift
I won't apologize
and it's all right




Adam Crunkilton



Growing on the hedge and the flower,
between thought and memory,
there is liberation.




Debbi Antebi



the hands of the watch
still crawling
on his lifeless wrist




Patricia Pella



desert rain
softening jagged edges
running like watered silk




Patricia Pella



forgotten party dress
faded with regret
we never went salsa dancing




Patricia Pella



we stand in the same rain
my face raised for the blessing
yours lowered for protection




Jill Leo



Walking with your words
Through blackness and bitterness
Give me back myself




Jill Leo



Oh liberation
Broken shackles and spirit
Lay at dirty feet




Ian Everett



The rust on a nail a worm in the oak …
Grass in the shade or a mile not quite run…
A smile never seen and the songs left unsung …




Robert Howell



I left the light on,
in hopes that you would return.
It burned out last night.




Sarah E. Alderman



Look around your world, rid yourself of its waste
What holds you in place, is keeping you down
Poems written down will be your road map out




Sydney Nyberg



My heart ran off one dark night,
And the following day, I had such a fright
To find that I had lost my life.




Lauren Clarke



You are a swallow, returning home
I cannot fix your broken feathers,
Or hollow bones.




Ivo Drury



the cricket merrily sings
as the branch
whisks him downstream




Ivo Drury



after the rainstorm
dense branches droop downward
tresses drying in the sun




Stephen Leslie



Dead soldiers rise
Go for a beer
War games




Bernard Joy



know that this is a koan and rest
in the quietude behind every answer
where is beauty, right now




Ie Mcgavock



the art to simplicity
is accepting
its complexity




Ie Mcgavock



clematis frayed trellis
cold-clotted earth in worn terracotta
weak sunlight through young willow




Prateek Agarwal



On that kid's wrist is strapped
The world's most accurate watch
With a sticker for a dial which says 'Now'.




Dan Corjescu



I was certain I was in love
I was not young
Dark birds eat out my heart




Dan Corjescu



The Seminar was a fine home
The only home I ever knew
Old books stretch mockingly over my shoulder




Andy Simmons



On the 4th of July,
the fireworks are open arms
reaching across all seas.




Andy Simmons



The green vine under the bridge
is the hand that lifts the drenched
bee from the pathway of the Styx.




Andy Simmons



Only does the dog know
know why I follow the
tossing sun obediently.




Gia Da Vinci



i wrote you in a poem,
shaped you through my words,
& kissed your cursive curves




Ali Znaidi



sirocco gusted
roses’ corpses everywhere
Summer was crowned king




Ali Znaidi



Roses shedding tears.
Scents of spring vanished in the sky.
Bye, Donna Summer!




Ali Znaidi



thunder loudly roars
deafening noise splits the ears
buzzing buzzing bees




Michael Ratcliffe



The dentist drills and roots,
and all I can think of
are Amsterdam and Venice.




David Edwards



a flower not seen
clip a twig from the fragrance
nostrils replace eyes




Audrey Samuelson



To reach the safety of the cabin
One must cross
A very rickety bridge




Matt Hemmerich



your apparition,
purple and wet, sweeps through the
town's autumn arboretum




Audrey Samuelson



I stand before him a stranger
All those memories lost to the disease
He is still my father but I am no longer his son




William F. Koji



August
Queen Anne's Lace
Blooming with a Jewel




Stephen Pohl



Naked trees lie entangled
on a blanket of snow
felled by winds of passion




Kaylyn Middleton



Pale petals, fallen
Unpinned, unhinged, unhoused
Wayward ghosts




Ryan Buresh



With nothing to challenge the eye,
Men make mountains
Where there were none before.




Maude Larke



She lowers her eyes
to block my existence.
I'm apparently a stalker.




Betty Houle



crystal snowflakes fly
whirlwind sharp-edged white
dressing fall-brown earth




Betty Houle



in love and on fire
wearing the other like skin
flaming inferno




Sara Bickley



The trees are typing again,
and littering the floor with their
rough drafts of winter.