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Issue 23

POETS

ANTEBI, DEBBI
BACHARACH, DEBORAH
BARNES, DAVID-MATTHEW
BARNETT, BRIAN
BARONE, ANGELICA
BERZA, APRIL MAE
BOUNDS, SANDRA
BROWN, SUSAN
CAMPBELL, COLIN
CANCRO, THERESA
CHAKRABORTY, SOUVIK
CHAMELEON, JESUS
CHIRCOP, CHARMAINE
CHONG, JOYCE
CHRISTINA, MARTHA
COHOWICZ, MARYBETH
DE DOMINICIS, TAMARA
DELIA, DOUG
EDWARDS, DAVID
GUSEK, CHRIS
HAMMERMEISTER, KAI
KAVANAUGH, DAVID
KOVAC, KIM PETER
MAY, NANCY
MCNERNEY, JOAN
MELTON, BILL
MOMEN, RAYNA
NICHOLAS, JOE
NISBET, ROBERT
OTT, AMANDA
RUSHTON, BIFF
S., PREETI
SAMUELS, CLARISE
SAMUELSON, AUDREY
SCALZO, EMILY JO
SCHNAP, RICHARD
THACKER, NICHOLAS
TRIBE, SEAN
WARD, BRANDON
WASILEWSKI, NELLS
WESTON, JOANNA M.

Martha Christina



Hawkweed blooms at the extinct
volcano’s rim; small reminder
of where I’ve come from, where I am.




Susan Brown



Blue cascading ice
Chill over a lively slope
Pond depositing




Audrey Samuelson



Money for rent and food and formula
Earned by satisfying strangers
While her infant son dreams nearby




Bill Melton



Buds swell defiant
Of ice encrusted branches
Awaiting spring thaw




Bill Melton



Snow capped conifer
Nature in a yarmulke
Without religion




Nells Wasilewski



shadows at midnight
seduced clouds follow a breeze
turning on the stars




Brian Barnett



skeletal sentry
undead cemetery guard
securing the grounds




Theresa Cancro



shafts of March sunlight
rouge the sallow corners
of old winter days.




Tamara De Dominicis



jewelled dusk
birds constellate
the evening sky




Richard Schnap



Help wanted
Recently widowed
Nights and weekends




Colin Campbell



fury of the deep
knowing where the herring goes
when we put to sea




David Kavanaugh



waves in the wheat
the yellow tractor
goes sailing




Angelica Barone



silent morn
shrouds dreams in sleep
with a misty veil




Jesus Chameleon



quietly stand there...
baseball brothers and good friends
to the Port we go!




Robert Nisbet



As she pondered his sadness
her face clouded
with sudden care and love




Chris Gusek



stray cat trots
across the street
wishing me luck




Brandon Ward



Crow sails slowly across
A grey watercolored sky-
Cawing for another




Debbi Antebi



she keeps chasing sleep
down winding stairs of dark thoughts
into the abyss




David Edwards



The beauty of snow
photography is in the
snow not the photo.




Biff Rushton



Adrift in sunlight
Among the cherry blossoms
This mockingbird heart




Kim Peter Kovac



Mandela is gone -
now calming the heavens
with wit and grace




Angelica Barone



etched in ice
frozen fractals
shimmer brightly




Preeti S.



a silent presence
framed within wooden sticks
a thanks left unsaid




Joe Nicholas



Useless chattering.
An ego’s annoyance. I
cannot raise my own.




Souvik Chakraborty



I looked into those eyes.
They had nothing more to say.
Yet I could not look away.




Joanna M. Weston



the crew plays
tug o’war ...
mooring lines




Joyce Chong



I can’t be the only one
waiting for a hurricane
to shake my bones out from this costume.




Nancy May



winter horizon
a snow hidden garden keeps
springtime wishes safe




Sandra Bounds



pink blush on peach trees
first to escape Winter’s tomb
tokens of hope




Emily Jo Scalzo



Thousands of windows
shatter as it hits atmo,
a meteor bomb.




April Mae Berza



the dancing petals
of a sakura raining
bathe me




Amanda Ott



a cicada loudly
creates the mindless noise
of peace




Nancy May



whispering branches
last night’s fallen winter frost
sleeping on the leaves




Clarise Samuels



the eternal statue of a Greek god
while yellow taxis line the street—
behold! art lives on.




Clarise Samuels



chips and black coffee
a park bench under a tree;
a wren takes a bow.




Doug DElia



two old poets
reading verse aloud
wooden canes click




Sean Tribe



Las Vegas scatters
Thoughts into cracks like roaches
Fleeing a bug bomb.




Sean Tribe



Edges of a song
A shower of warm water on skin
Nothing is silent




Marybeth Cohowicz



she shook the stardust from her hair
wiped the moon-glow from her lips
evidence of a celestial tryst




Nicholas Thacker



Clowns as priest’s
now herd the sheep
to no salvation as they piously preach




Marybeth Cohowicz



grabbing the headboard
she offered a fervent prayer
Oh god! She cried




Charmaine Chircop



winter solitude
my breath mingles
between us




Deborah Bacharach



Remember those days
without cells. No place to take
this call. No plan B.




Joan McNerney



What does this cat think
strumming his tail with such ease
to the fugues of Bach?




David-Matthew Barnes



My Cuban roughneck
Tastes like rain on sugar cane.
Come, summer is sweet.




David-Matthew Barnes



Jack-o-Lantern John,
Fruitful harvest. Trick for treat.
Sticky corn candy.




David-Matthew Barnes



Made out with Martin.
His Easter blue eyes made me
Keep him, until June.




Rayna Momen



You shatter
like painted glass
hand-blown and blue




Rayna Momen



Man with a child up his sleeve
sleeps with a gun in his pants
shooting blanks into her dreams




Kai Hammermeister



basho’s frog
was a bottle cork
plop - full glass