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Issue 31

POETS

AGNEW, ZACH
ALDRIDGE, BOBBY
ANTEBI, DEBBI
AVILA, ALEXIS
BLACK, GRACE
BOUNDS, SANDRA
BROWN, MANDY
CAMPION, PATRICIA
CANCRO, THERESA
CHAMELEON, JESUS
CHEN, MICHELLE
CHRISTINA, MARTHA
COWZER, ALLISON
CUTTS, EVAN
EATON, JANET
EVERETT, IAN
FOLKART, ALICE
HEBY, RICHARD
HOWARD, BETH
HUOTARI, HEIKKI
ISSAOUI, ILHEM
LEONG, OPHELIA
LOWE, DENNIS
LUNSFORD, SARAH
MACLEAN, MEREDITH
MELTON, BILL
MILLER, MICHELLE
MITCHELL, ELIZABETH
OLSEN, CALVIN
ORR, SARAH
OTIS, JULIE ANN
PANICKER, VIDYA
PETRAS, ROBERT
RICH, DAVID
RICHARDSON, RICK
ROBINSON, JACKIE MAUGH
RUSSELL, SARAH
SCHUG, LARRY
SCHWEICKERT, CODY
SMITH, NEWTON
STEFON, MATT
SUKEFORTH, KATHERINE
TANCYUS, PATTY
TATE, BARBARA
TOMPKINS, PAT
WEST, TYSON
WESTON, JOANNA M.

Beth Howard



linked like a freight train
one cold day to another
cannot see the end




Calvin Olsen



Slices of moonlight
Cover the covers, silent
Somewhere, a dog howls




Meredith MacLean



days aren’t bright, nights are dark
the sun is burning, the moon is stark
twenty-four hours of lonely




Debbi Antebi



once fulfilled
they deflate one by one
her sky-high ambitions




Sandra Bounds



Sun-kissed maples
burn vibrant red
tongues of Infinite fire




Janet Eaton



Life is more than just breath
Life is everything you do
From your first breath till death




Evan Cutts



And then, our time was
dust. I cherished everything:
The Sun and your breath.




Jesus Chameleon



a hearty bridge
over "the river"
effaces hegemony




Michelle Chen



Every night it rains
I hide in Pandora’s scarves
the voice of a small dog




David Rich



Glossy polaroids
Glued to your abstract collage
A year’s memories




Cody Schweickert



cherry raindrops drizzle
velvet smooches hover
euphoric radiance




Bill Melton



February moon
Behind the white gauze of clouds
Night bathed in softness




Barbara Tate



morning glories
alive and well at 1
news at 5




Richard Heby



non stop ringing
the humdrum dryer
life is fluff




Matt Stefon



Aching beauty
like stone cold
carving gloveless fingers




Tyson West



snow and ale unleash
the bravest lines--war stories
of winter soldiers




Patty Tancyus



down a country lane
riding bikes with my brother
peaches scent the air




Newton Smith



The temple bell calls—
time to find our proper seat?
Bluebells ring. Moss seats.




Zach Agnew



Idle thoughts grow in a timeless void.
Emptiness replaced by creation.
An idea given form.




Ian Everett



dust in my throat
this flower
will not mourn.




Grace Black



teenaged daughter drives
my youth has passed
she swerves between the lines




Bobby Aldridge



crouched and growling
the low fire
lulled asleep




Bobby Aldridge



pin flowers to her dress
a spring evening
my heart on my sleeve




Sarah Lunsford



Travel every day
Roam the earth in sweet romance
Surrender to love




Mandy Brown



Sink into my depths
Life sleeps within my haven
Where you bury death




Mandy Brown



Shells, like tree rings, hold
The history of the Ancients,
Collected by small hands.




Heikki Huotari



the sheet
slow to settle
summer night




Allison COwzer



Bounteous beauty
The sleeper stretches awake
Brigid smiles once more




Pat Tompkins



heaps of gray clouds
outlined at sunset
thoughts of silver




Sarah Russell



dead spider sways in silk threads
with mummied gnats and flies
food for eternity




Michelle Miller



Like the sun past noon,
I’ve been failing too in quiet
places by degrees.




Sarah Orr



Lilies sway, dancing
In the wind, unseen, unheard.
Love is in the air.




Robert Petras



the ice recedes
moon glow still grows
across the lake




Alexis Avila



Chameleon hands
turning as white as fresh snow,
January first




Alice Folkart



Banyan,
old-man tree
balanced on canes.




Alice Folkart



Rainy night.
Cafes full,
sanctuaries of loneliness.




Ophelia Leong



buds unfurl on trees
stretching like a newborn babe
kissing the sweet air




Ilhem Issaoui



mundane blunt night
amarulence drunk in cups
counting orbs




Joanna M. Weston



cloud wraps
the cliff-top -
her frail hand




Katherine Sukeforth



leaves of red and gold
mingle in the dense forest
waiting for the dawn.




Jackie Maugh Robinson



morning sun
on a seesaw
with the moon




Dennis Lowe



two white doves
leave the Grand Mosque
to become pigeons




Elizabeth Mitchell



Pebbles of rain stream down
my windows. The sky’s mood
darkens, and I put pen to paper.




Patricia Campion



Sawing morning air
Cicadas out-thunder
Traffic’s rising roar




Larry Schug



apple blossoms pink
evanescent tapestry
woven threads of light




Vidya Panicker



A sheet of white paper
three short words—
never written




Julie Ann Otis



trusting, not asleep
kindness, not salvation
rinse, no repeat




Rick Richardson



Lovers whisper-laughing
stumbling home in the rain.
Oh, to be so drunk again.




Martha Christina



Daffodil bright
goldfinches,
harbingers




Theresa Cancro



summer haze --
two crows’ repartee
along a telephone wire