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Issue 24

POETS

ANTEBI, DEBBI
BEASTON, JUDY
BOUNDS, SANDRA
BUTLER, JANET
CANCRO, THERESA
CHAKRABORTY, SOUVIK
CHAMELEON, JESUS
CUMMINGS, KEMAR
DAVIES, WILLIAM
DRURY, IVO
GARDINER, TIM
GUSEK, CHRIS
GUZZI, DEBORAH
HERRELL, DENNIS
IUPPA, M.J.
JETT, LUTHER
MANUS, GRADY
MARINE , MICHAEL
MELTON, BILL
NICHOLAS, JOE
OLIVERSON, ALISSA
PELLA, PATRICIA
RIFFLE, JESS
ROCHE, STEPHEN
RUSHTON, BIFF
SALVER, ANGELL LYNN
SHARP, CYNTHIA
TAYLOR NIELSEN, DAVID
THACKER, NICHOLAS
TROJAN, PEGGY
VELASCO, SARAH
WARD, DOMINIC
WASILEWSKI, NELLS
WEST, TYSON
WONG, DEBORAH

Chris Gusek



time piles up around me
in dust heaps
of what i once was




Chris Gusek



under the bridge
street artist sleeps
to cars cutting air




Jesus Chameleon



geckos mimic cries---
oxygen and radio
gambit of false truths




Jesus Chameleon



pleasant turtle dove---
hornets build a muddy nest
regarding new sins




Dominic Ward



Seashore driftwood
Brashed saltine by the wash
The salt closes my eyes.




Theresa Cancro



Ice locks the last
embrace of fall beneath
bare branches out of reach.




Bill Melton



Black asphalt ribbon
Snakes around snow covered hills
Nature’s etch-a-sketch




Bill Melton



Hawk’s talons tighten
Rabbit’s final dying scream
Sounds almost human




Deborah Wong



Rehearsing April solitaire
by the moonlight;
Tableau in wilderness




Stephen Roche



The sun creeps through
setting fire to the bedroom.
Eyes flutter open wide.




Debbi Antebi



I suffocate him
inside the sealed envelope
holding his letters




Patricia Pella



songs of the ancestors
echo across the mesa
spirit medicine




Patricia Pella



in silent crescendo
a mountain rises through the mist
an ordinary day




Sarah Velasco



With the ambition of Caesar
and the fiery strength of Hell,
The Sun climbed up to his throne in the sky




Nicholas Thacker



Eyes drawn blank
in a bedlam of cyclicality
stare despairingly into the abyss




Peggy Trojan



her sudden death,
a door slammed shut
by the wind.




Peggy Trojan



now comes spring wildly
like drunk wind swirling mist
bursting green like thought




Nells Wasilewski



our shoes by the bed
we snuggle close for warmth
heart beats in rhythm




Nells Wasilewski



stars wallpaper the sky
silver moon turns on the light
dense clouds flip the switch




Souvik Chakraborty



Night has her wings spread,
A storm is brewing fast.
Burnt cordite, glassy eyes.




Luther Jett



March day, heavy rain
morning traffic moving slow
dream-fragments linger




David Taylor Nielsen



I love you like Godzilla
Loved Japan: flattened buildings,
Radioactive wreckage.




David Taylor Nielsen



Tonight I will be Krishna,
Quite irresistibly blue,
Dancing with all the milkmaids.




Tyson West



downtown bar streetlights
stagger against midnight sky
slur over the stars




Tyson West



the dark of samhain
watermelon sugar dreams
once green leaves dance in red




Alissa Oliverson



suspended white puffs
interpretive sky dancing
inner child delights




Sandra Bounds



stars sequin the sky
light obsidian darkness
Nature’s fireworks




Joe Nicholas



The universe does
not know you by name, but knows
all your vibrations.




Ivo Drury



through the transom window
fresh stain of moonlight
on the old maple floor




William Davies



Starlings dart
through white coral
of snowy trees.




Souvik Chakraborty



One last flip of the coin.
Diffused sunlight; graffiti on walls -
Scrubbed off dead cells.




Grady Manus



wooly little dog curled up on my feet
my toes giggle
my heart sighs




Judy Beaston



winter sky reveals
bold grin of a Cheshire cat
in the shadows, a tail flicks




Biff Rushton



She’s Tolstoy’s winter ~
Ruthless, bitter, and dwelling
In the seamless grey




Biff Rushton



Her verse as lush swells ~
deep coral blue waves ~ cresting
against my stone heart




Janet Butler



a gong strikes somewhere
vibrations rattle my heart
you thinking of me




Janet Butler



chocolate dipped finger tips
I imagine you wiping your mouth
with pleasure




Janet Butler



Earth sleeps.
Her long slow breathing quiets
the flutter of day.




Deborah Guzzi



licked, the icicle morn
the drooling gutters, the drifts,
of pouting lips at backdoor maws




Deborah Guzzi



bone like trees line streets of Hiroshima
sentinels, scratching the sky,
winter clipped memories ...




Dennis Herrell



Earth stores
traveled bones
and treasured secrets




Tim Gardiner



Sad shadow soldiers
bathed in moonlight
spirits of a distant war




Kemar Cummings



summer midnight
the moon strikes a match
a sky of fireflies




Theresa Cancro



one snowflake falls
silently on another --
I take your hand in mine.




Michael Marine



Southern death’s-head moth,
On our side of the long road...
An end to summer.




Cynthia Sharp



demi-moonlit night
September cool in the air
deep in love with you




M.J. Iuppa



Sleep’s ragged breath ransacks our chilly room.
Full moon snagged in the sycamore’s branches.
Red star pulses on the radio tower




Jess Riffle



Candy for adults
Take a sip and wash it down
Don’t make a habit




Angell Lynn Salver



He is waking
pressing into down
a thirsty spring




Angell Lynn Salver



He is waning
curling into winter
all the missing leaves