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Issue 29

POETS

ALTAF, NABEELA
AMBROSE, MIKE
ANTONIO, BILLY
ASCERNO, JASON
BLACK, GRACE
BOUNDS, SANDRA
COHOWICZ, MARYBETH
DAVIES, WILLIAM
DRID, OLFA
DURICK, JERRY
GASPARI, MARIE
GHZAIEL, KHADIJA
GRAVLEY, LORI
GRUNEWALD, JILL
GUSEK, CHRIS
GUZZI, DEBORAH
HARTMAN, SAN
HICKS, TIMOTHY
HOWELL, TRACI
KALWAR, SANTOSH
KIMATHI, TEDDY
KRYLOVA, VICTORIA
LEE, STUART
LOWE, DENNIS
MELTON, BILL
MILLER, DANE
NIYOGI, ASHOK
PILGRIM, TIMOTHY
RANALDI-ADAMS, VALENTINA
RATCLIFFE, MICHAEL
ROBINSON, JACKIE MAUGH
SAMUELSON, AUDREY
SCHWEICKERT, CODY
SUKEFORTH, KATHERINE
TANCYUS, PATTY
TATE, BARBARA
TUFFNELL, DAMIEN
VON DER EMBSE, DANIEL
WEST, TYSON
YOUMANS, ANN

Jackie Maugh Robinson



nearly full moon . . .
scudding clouds
turn it off turn it on




Katherine Sukeforth



In the forest maze
sparkling water trickling down
place of solitude.




Katherine Sukeforth



Crickets chirping song
breezes sifting through the trees
time for reflection.




Katherine Sukeforth



Birds singing sweetly
unlock the door to the dawn
the creatures stirring.




Jerry Durick



Pools are never as deep as they think,
six cold ones into hot afternoons
for the rest of their lives.




Grace Black



extinguished lighter
inhaling only regret
another bad habit




Grace Black



vestigial heart
panoply of sorrow,
she wept




Timothy Pilgrim



College coffee urn finally cleaned
deep bottom layers, insect wings --
knowledge now tastes like dark roast




Traci Howell



Slowly and gently the clouds roll in
Covering the sky above
Lightning slicing the darkness




William Davies



Leaves billow
across the headlights,
bonescree of Saints.




Marybeth Cohowicz



telephone poles
casting crucifix shadows
is this the road to salvation?




Dane Miller



variet’l dark blues
grape-train that climbs broken hills
frost has sullied you




Olfa Drid



winter drawing near-
clouds start kissing & cuddling
Impending love drops...




Khadija Ghzaiel



a lighthouse flare calls.
ring ring! soul petals open
healing in the dark




Dennis Lowe



Friday Eternal:
tight dresses, stumbling high heels
wasted Maenads chased




Cody Schweickert



Necropolis of dreams
Apocalyptic themes
Awake, tomb dweller




Nabeela Altaf



The rich woman wears the fur coat
Wealthy in her gait and a limp in her pride
She hides ragged clothing underneath.




Barbara Tate



lost in the noon of night
I remember something
I forgot to forget




Patty Tancyus



the rain falls steady
the tin roof plays its music
my own symphony




Audrey Samuelson



Solicited by a stranger
His hand upon mine
A thin pale tan line




Damien Tuffnell



Pleated skirt atop bare legs,
old trainers become endearing.
A photograph taken just before the rain.




Sandra Bounds



Darkness melts away
the sun begins his ascent
painting a pink sky




Deborah Guzzi



Fall kites undulate in the aquamarine sky;
their bowed, string-ballast sways sensuously
like the tail of a manta ray.




Deborah Guzzi



Her eyes whose caterpillar-brows warm hearts
recall smiling Cheshire Cats, hidden holes,
cascading falls to Wonderland - aglow




Audrey Samuelson



Ancient headstones consumed by moss
Beautiful mausoleums
Marble angels standing guard




Valentina Ranaldi-Adams



nighttime in our garden
ceramic gnomes weed, water
under the moon’s light




Jason Ascerno



The world is giant
But the novels are bigger
Small things can be huge




Tyson West



fears of ebola
hopes for the first hard frost
marigolds linger




Chris Gusek



sleeping back to back
the sun down upon our wrath -
perpetual moon




Chris Gusek



the bending pine trees
her emotions echoing
inside my sad mind




Mike Ambrose



Autumn blue sky canopies
a trail of orange-red Ash-arches
casting ever shorter memories.




Marie Gaspari



Drowning in the Sea of Abraxas
Soul abandoned
In pursuit of blood-red fruits forbidden




Marie Gaspari



An elliptical curving
of ebony and white
suspended in an azure sea




Lori Gravley



I ask them to roll
shoulder blades against ribs.
Like angels, they comply.




Jill Grunewald



In the night’s field
I make a lover
my scarecrow




Ashok Niyogi



pot belly in car seat
Indian ego is chauffeured
wrong ergonomics




Bill Melton



Thunderbolt lightning
Momentary flashing light
An inky black sky




Teddy KIMATHI



stolen kisses-
he cannot afford
her beautiful nature




Timothy Hicks



ant trails of snow,
lakes like broken glass -
stewardess hands me a drink




Timothy Hicks



blades of light cut swift
through heaven’s cotton field -
igniting their dreams




Santosh Kalwar



free from ivory-tower
the pencil twirls
across the footpath




Ann Youmans



A deep empty lot
Nothing but grass and ghosts
I think the house was blue




Billy Antonio



monsoon evening
headlights piercing
a curtain of rain




Jackie Maugh Robinson



stars and grains of sand-
poets ask the universe
how far how many




Olfa Drid



Mystery of sleep -
time to release the jailed
soul. Daily death




Michael Ratcliffe



Memories of roots remain in veins.
Disconnected from limbs and trunk,
our journey begins with the fall.




Daniel Von Der Embse



Your face below mine
Eyes begging for what you want
Say it in my ear




San Hartman



winter white hexagonal kiss
surprised chill pressed tender lips
another log on the fire




Stuart Lee



Where does the time go?
Indigo sky and umber
Forever gazing, the window.




Victoria Krylova



Tiger bathing in the moonlight
Pacing back and forth
Battling woes that don’t exist