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Issue 33

POETS

ALLISON, JAN
AUGUSTUS, MAUREEN
AUSTIN, GAVIN
BONHOLTZER, ERIC
CAMPBELL, EILEEN
CAMPION, PATRICIA
CANCRO, THERESA
CATES, ANNA
CHRISTINA, MARTHA
COWZER, ALLISON
DAMJANOVIC, MALINA
DILLON, NINA
DROBOT, ANA
DURICK, JERRY
FRIEDENBERG, JAY
GALMITZ, JACK
GAMBARO, MARIANNE
GENTRY, SUSAN
GIUGLIANO, GABRIELLA
HAVILAND JR., MICHAEL
HICKS, SCOTT
IANNUCCI, NANCY
IZZO, JOSEPH
JARMICK, CHRISTOPHER J.
JOHNSON, CHRIS
KENNEDY, KNICHOLAS
KUDERER, JENNY
NEWELL, MICHAEL L.
NGAM, VANESSA
OCONNOR, MARY BETH
PELLA, PATRICIA
ROBERTS, JOSEPH
ROBINSON, JACKIE MAUGH
ROSSI, JAE
RUSSELL, MARTHA
SACCO, LINDA
SCHWEICKERT, CODY
SILVERFOX, EDEN
SMITH, JENNIFER
SPAIN, JAMES W.
VAN HOOSER, DOUG
WARD, ANTHONY
WARDIYA, JASMINE
WEST, TYSON
WESTFALL, NOAH
YIN, EMILY

Malina Damjanovic



A new day begins.
As an old one ends.
Day by day as we make amends.




Jack Galmitz



a firefly
then another one
in a river of them




Marianne Gambaro



feet still frozen in the garden
a lone sunflower stands sentry
head picked bald by juncos




Jay Friedenberg



autumn dusk
a landscape
in sepia tone




Nina Dillon



We are in turn four of the triple crown.
I hold on desperately
until I let you go.




Noah Westfall



mountains and valleys
the journey is long and hard
let’s walk together




Eileen Campbell



She is beautiful the way pansies are
once they've been picked--
slender, touchable, and dying.




Allison COwzer



Dangerous black skies
Clouded eyes scowling
Lightening retort




Mary Beth OConnor



how many nights has the ocean sung
a lullaby beneath your pillow
white light of stars filling your windows




Scott Hicks



there is no jealousy
between
grains of sand




Gavin Austin



early snow
the old mare pawing
white pasture




Susan Gentry



flowers placed on grave
showing attempts to connect
lost without my mom




Ana Drobot



floating on the clouds -
the wind through waterlilies
opening fully




James W. Spain



The vibrant oaks and maples
dressed only briefly for fall
soon to be stark and bare




Jack Galmitz



rain all day
under the awning
I was enchanted by the refrain




Nancy Iannucci



Larruping his limbs
Repeatedly–an illusionist
firefly flees a window.




Christopher J. Jarmick



Seven Samurai and one Haiku Master
Basho bests Mifune
Pen over sword.




Patricia Campion



Red cardinal
Brushes against foliage
Soft ruby in an emerald sea




Jerry Durick



Days like this, doors open wider
and hours, if we count them
are as long as heaven.




Jerry Durick



Light rain like this
Reminds me of being young
Of promises of things to come




Eden Silverfox



Shattered beyond repair
You there were
And watched me fall




Theresa Cancro



bebop at midnight --
I trace the freckle maze
across his chest




Maureen Augustus



Milkshake on the floor.
Half-chewed hot dog in a can.
Please be a hot dog.




Chris Johnson



Plans I've never made
For things I've never done
Haunt the corners of my mind.




Linda Sacco



The devil was in my destiny.
Now a love song’s just a love song
And I find feathers with each footprint.




Doug Van Hooser



whispers in the wind
of a past that laughed
linger like shards of glass




Jasmine Wardiya



It's a hot day again
and I'm a puddle in the sun
to be trod upon.




Martha Christina



Red-tailed hawk, creature
of currents, daily
ravages the wingless.




Joseph Roberts



within the evening shadows
are shadows
of my yesterdays




Tyson West



long dark limousine
throbbing nightclub bass line--high
heels and a short black dress




Jan Allison



war graves surround me
stretching into the distance
scarlet poppies grow




Anna Cates



the cosmos
open with rain—
wormholes




Anna Cates



cloudless sky
mystery valentine
in the mailbox




Martha Russell



clouds vanish
a rainbow appears
the Master's work




Anthony Ward



Black model T’s trickling out onto roads
Flowing like inky rivers
Pooling parks of iridescence




Patricia Pella



class reunion
tethered balloons
hold all the room's air




Knicholas Kennedy



She was a ship
I was a hundred days
stuck at sea.




Jennifer Smith



Dark clouds descend low
Mountains like whipped topping
The July morning cools




Joseph Izzo



your voice to me was joy
now panic when you speak
relief when you leave




Cody Schweickert



a flame chaotic
swarms Sequoias
black-wood Monoliths




Eric Bonholtzer



Pulling with the sea's ebb
Bringing back
The silence for thought




Vanessa Ngam



Penetrating eyes
Watching perpendicular
Countless dilemmas




Emily Yin



The Pacific splinters
against naked dunes
Sunrise fogs the glassy waves




Michael Haviland Jr.



full of oranges
a palace swallows sunbeams-
longingly I crave




Jackie Maugh Robinson



some nights there's a moon
one wondrous whole
or a piece of the mystery




Gabriella Giugliano



Kidnapped sawdust herbs;
Taut string violently steeps, drowns—
fragrance bleeds and stains.




Gabriella Giugliano



Nimble dragonfly
waits: to trust outstretched finger;
to stutter-still wings.




Jae Rossi



a buoy bobs
afloat indefinitely
tugged from the root by the sea




Michael L. Newell



empty fields cracked concrete
abandoned school
faint chants and cries of children




Jenny Kuderer



The light of Truth peered through the clouds,
The cave of ignorance vacated,
The energy of love becoming spacious.