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Issue 36

POETS

AGNEW, ZACH
BENNETT, STEFANIE
BROWN, HEATHER
BROWN, SUSAN
BRUCK, INGRID
BUXTON, CW
CANCRO, THERESA
CARLTON, BOB
CATES, ANNA
DUENSING, ALEXANDER
FAHEY, MARY CRANE
FITE JOHNSON, MELISSA
FLANAGAN, MICHAEL
GENTRY, SUSAN
HARTWELL, RICHARD
HOLDEN, ANGI
IANNUCCI, NANCY
KNABE, MARTIN
KOZMA, JOSEPH J.
KRAFTON, ASH
LASSO, JULIET
LECLAIR, LEE
LIAQAT, DANIYAL
MELTON, BILL
MILLER, BANKS
MUELLER, LEAH
MURANAKA, DARYL
ROBINSON, JACKIE MAUGH
ROSSI, PATRICIA
SAM, DAVID ANTHONY
SARGENT, ANGELA
SCHMIDLIN, SUSAN
SCHUTTER, MARY R. P.
SCHWEICKERT, CODY
SCULLY, RON
SMITH, JENNIFER
SONNEN, SUSAN
SPEIRS, TIMOTHY
TARDONA, DANIEL
TREIBER, COLIN
WALKER-LASS, DEBBIE
WARDIYA, JASMINE
WEST, TYSON

Bob Carlton



merciless treasure
head aswarm
with brutal pearls




Bob Carlton



Earth a blue-green
dot among the stars--
mima mound.




Heather Brown



The peculiarities of human
relationships arouse
suspicion and desire.




Daryl Muranaka



baby blanket—
surf ninja, sumo panda,
flaming dango of death




Jasmine Wardiya



They’re unpolished - raw jewels
that tear the tender tongue
in search for fruit.




Richard Hartwell



Apportioned ashes
Four sisters divide dad
Plastic bags of rites




Richard Hartwell



Synchronicity
Jubilant robins’ chorus
Spring rain’s tremolo




Angi Holden



The Lycra sky stretches and pulls,
falls in black pleats, folds back on itself
in murmurations of starlings.




Bill Melton



Backlit morning sky
Ink black clouds ominously
Shroud the restless sea




Ingrid Bruck



eighteen wheelers
rolling thunderstorms
on the highway




Banks Miller



night’s soft breath
stirs leaves, flowers white as moonlight -
magnolia dusk




Stefanie Bennett



... Thunder-drums:
Indian Summer’s
Come undone -.




Zach Agnew



Fog frames the horizon
Forming illusions of finality
Cloaking an endless ocean




Jackie Maugh Robinson



canyon yon echoing
cries of eagles
swooping out of the sun




Jasmine Wardiya



After the sun’s glare
and under shades, sky blue
turns a sullen black.




Alexander Duensing



Thus winter ended
knowing when the broken things
could owe no more debt.




Susan Schmidlin



A welcomed greeting
In the barn, at daybreak
The wobbly legs of a newborn calf.




Juliet Lasso



It’s been days
raging oceans made its point
scars are still floating




Joseph J. Kozma



Like an uncut diamond
On a naked wrist
She kept on waiting




Joseph J. Kozma



Barn doors open wide
Bells are jingling in the cold
Waiting for the snow




Tyson West



after the hunt
stag hooves pattern
drifts of moonlight




Nancy Iannucci



Bobbing heads in tune
under spotlights - rock n’ roll
cattails sway in sunlight.




Ron Scully



gray pinion feather
frozen in the stone birdbath
dialed due south




Ron Scully



dogday dayboaters
trawling the shallows
net shelf junk/dog-fish




Anna Cates



cold moon
dusted with snow
lone evergreen




Anna Cates



dusty Bible
an old bookmark stained
red pressed rose




David Anthony Sam



Berry faced juices
smeared my black way
timeless in hot early sun




Susan Sonnen



Tea time in England;
He wonders if she still sings
As she pours Earl Grey.




CW Buxton



Protected by the shadows
Awful friendly with hysteria
Fortunate delirium




Jennifer Smith



earthquake shake book shelves
cafè patrons lock eyes
a brief sip paused




Martin Knabe



Chaos is a dear friend of mine.
With it I am in control.
At least of nothing.




Melissa Fite Johnson



My mom rinsed my hair in the bath:
scoop of water in the cup, waterfall
down my back. Again. Again.




Mary Crane Fahey



Pewter sky, still air
Filled with anticipated
Rain. Thunder’s soft growl




Ash Krafton



shadow-filled whispers
a voice in the dark
illuminates paths unseen




Debbie Walker-Lass



Benevolent moon, my master
I succumb once again to your spell
Dance my words across the page.




Colin Treiber



The ghosts of winter;
Like the early morning dark,
So close to new life.




Timothy Speirs



Birth begins.
Life endures.
Death defies.




Michael Flanagan



Dancing to wind’s song--
leaf skitters across the snow...
deep predawn shadows




Michael Flanagan



Green glow in the dark—
hope’s beacon reaching out...
to reach one lost soul




Angela Sargent



Pebbles, smooth like secrets
Bounce, skim,
Whisper out of view




Susan Gentry



Moments that matter
yield moments of clarity
and more moments that matter




Mary R. P. Schutter



the glowing orb slowly melts into earth
pink cottony swirls mimic sweet treats
imminent intermission from life




Patricia Rossi



threads of memories
life’s fragile moments
gnarled and twisted




Daniel Tardona



Overture of the early seconds
Minutes and years flutter by
Notes on a burning manuscript




Theresa Cancro



winter thaw --
a lone mitten floats
in a puddle




Daniyal Liaqat



The Snow was melting
Everybody was watching
The rain was falling




Leah Mueller



eye of your window
covered by cataract shade
you’ve moved someplace else




Susan Brown



Cove understanding
Black sands melt away pier waltz
Ah, tiptoe splash dance




Cody Schweickert



bawdy moon bulges
a wooden window frame
bowing & waxing




Lee LeClair



A begotten sons love.
A fathers sacrifice.
A sinner beautifully atoned.