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Issue 25

POETS

BICKLEY, SARA
BOUNDS, SANDRA
CANCRO, THERESA
CHAMELEON, JESUS
CHRISTINA, MARTHA
COOLEY, ZACHARY
CRUNKILTON, ADAM
DE DOMINICIS, TAMARA
EDWARDS, DAVID
FISCHER-SMITH, JEFFREY
GARDINER, TIM
GIFFIN, ELISABETH
HARN, CASEY
HARTWELL, RICHARD
IUPPA, SUZANNE
KAMSTRA, BAUKE
KIMATHI, TEDDY
LEAVITT, ERIN
LEGG, JORDAN
MAGLAS, MARIETA
MAY, NANCY
MELTON, BILL
MEZYNSKI, NEILA
NICHOLAS, JOE
NYBERG, SYDNEY
OLIVERSON, ALISSA
PASSANT, MATT
QUID, OLIVER
RANALDI-ADAMS, VALENTINA
SCHMITT, JENNIFER
SHARP, CYNTHIA
TAYLOR NIELSEN, DAVID
TOWER, JESSICA
WARD, BRANDON
WASILEWSKI, NELLS
WEST, TYSON
WESTCOTT, MARY
WONG, DEBORAH
YOUNGERS, DYLAN
ZUGISH, CHINA

Suzanne Iuppa



The pen and ink card you sent
holds tight to the shelf; full-vent
in my eyes and gut: love spent.




Brandon Ward



Hot pink blossoms-
The seagull's shadow skims
Over the trees




Brandon Ward



No letter today-
Only stray kittens have
Come and gone




Nells Wasilewski



layers of evening
breezes, starlight and moon glow
summer seduction




Nells Wasilewski



deep in the iced pond
Koi as still as the cat--
staring through the roof




Dylan Youngers



Rotated about me,
these curves bind
volumes.




Dylan Youngers



Backlit trees
counted our way
to the waterfront.




Jesus Chameleon



leaky icebox' pipes...
drinking coffee as cocks crow
a firewall hole




Bill Melton



Urban coyote
Easy meals outside mansions
Designer dog gone




Bill Melton



Sunrise lit the sky
Rembrandt's gloom to Vermeer's light
With just one quick stroke




Tamara De Dominicis



How the full moon beckons!
Lighting a silver pathway
onward over the waves.




Joe Nicholas



Bottles clinking
behind my eyes, a burning
darkness ahead.




Joe Nicholas



I lit the road on fire
to watch the creatures run
with no where to go.




Oliver Quid



Through the crystal
Clear glass, a man with a flute-
Leaning with every blow




Jeffrey Fischer-Smith



stale air blows
as a one-legged sailor hurls his
revenge at its mark




Jeffrey Fischer-Smith



wealthy Chinese bride
dreams of a great white wedding
her arms swimming in the soup




Tyson West



naked maja moon
silver light swells to the touch
of hot humid air




Martha Christina



The young sycamore
glitters, gift-wrapped
by overnight ice.




Jessica Tower



Iím sure youíve been told that your short square
hair is like a red peacock, ready to take flight.
But I think you look pretty.




Tim Gardiner



Grass grows long
hiding rotten apples
an empty lot




Cynthia Sharp



the moon through my window
I walk outside
in her winter light




Zachary Cooley



amazing how your world
could alter with a trite
greet with a stranger




Casey Harn



drab pink horizon -
the spoon clinks in her
cold cup of coffee




Casey Harn



waving prairie grass -
breath coming in
breath going out




Sara Bickley



Shrove Tuesday:
bread pudding
bubbling over Sterno.




Marieta Maglas



Red corals and blue algae,
Wet sadness and swimming love
Need their own light.




David Taylor Nielsen



In a reptilian striptease
My entire skin is shed.
Sexy... to the cold-blooded.




Deborah Wong



Lethargic April
Disrobing tranquility
My dear happenstance




Richard Hartwell



reptile pushups only serve
to pump food lust of passing birds
not too sated for a lizard feast




Richard Hartwell



granite blocked bridge to Fall
moss covered Stonehenge
beckons to then from now




Sydney Nyberg



I was a child once
And realized too late
I'd grown up too fast.




David Edwards



apothegm on dirt:
you're better off cold above
than warm under it.




Alissa Oliverson



nightfall blindfolds earth
light sneaks upon moon and shines
a peek in the dark




Teddy KIMATHI



He has sunflowers at night;
he wants to see the light
in thick darkness




Adam Crunkilton



Who are you?
to make the human model possible,
to behold miles, little in every way.




Mary Westcott



Smashing wave bodies
against the cliff
bare their white bellies.




Nancy May



in a warm spring day
a new born lamb rests inside
the tree's cool shadow




Mary Westcott



Oh, butterfly with broken
wing, I watch you feed on sweet
nectar, and my heart bleeds white.




Jennifer Schmitt



Little sparrow sings
His song resonates in me
Quiet is my soul




Matt Passant



Desert sand falling-
On stranded debris, floating-
In blurry mirage of ocean wave.




Matt Passant



Silence shattering
the sky. Streaming
Shards of fractured blue.




Jordan Legg



You wanted to own me
but I wanted to belong.
You freed me into exile.




Neila Mezynski



Her words brushed under the carpet
If he could retrieve them and
make them his own.




Elisabeth Giffin



side by side, we sat (four times)
our feet in hotel bathtubs, floating,
freer than we'd ever be (or been).




Erin Leavitt



Butt-hurt decisions
Because I spoke my mind
No middle ground




China Zugish



She Couldn't Blend
When She Wore Red.
She Was Red All Over




Sandra Bounds



Pear trees
clad in purest white
heralds of resurrection




Bauke Kamstra



Wheat water light
weak & running from my eyes
birds still fly.




Theresa Cancro



ardent thorns petrify my grace,
magnify potent fire, raise
the heart's braille




Valentina Ranaldi-Adams



red clay pot broken
plant and dirt now on porch floor
creature at fault gone