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Issue 44

POETS

AGNEW, ZACH
ALTAMIRA, MIA
BARBOUR, ROXANNE
BJOTVEDT, CONNOR
CAMPBELL, COLIN
CAMPBELL, JARED
CASTALDI, ERIN
CATES, ANNA
CHAPMAN, JAKOB
CHEN, ALYSSA
COMPTON, GAYLE
DECKER, LAURIE
DEPAUL, MARIA
FAHEY, MARY CRANE
FLANAGAN, MICHAEL
GLIN, AMY
HALE, ROBERT
HEMMINGS, KYLE
HEWITT, DAVID
HICKS, SCOTT
HOLM, WILLA
JAMES, ALEXANDER
KAMP, LIANNE
KANE, REBECCA
LOFRUMENTO, CATHERINE
MALIK, VYOMI
MELTON, BILL
MONTGOMERY , JENNIFER
PEARSON, TOM
POND, RACHEL
PRENTICE, JULIA
ROBINSON, JACKIE MAUGH
ROBINSON, MELISSA
ROSSI, PATRICIA
RUTH-KILLGORE, CHANACEE
SARGENT, ANGELA
SAUNDERS, CLIFF
SAUVE-ROGAN, DANIEL
SCHUELER, JOEL
SCOTT, CLAIRE
SHARP, CYNTHIA
SHULTZ, DAVID
THACKER, NICHOLAS
TURNBULL, PEGGY
TURNER, WILLIAM
VECCHITTO, MICHELE
WERNER, ERIN
WILLIS, JASON
ZEDALIS, JACKIE
ZIERKE, ETHAN

Jackie Maugh Robinson



as cool jazz trumpet notes
blow in time across the melody
your voice on the night wind




Ethan Zierke



her viewfinder eyes
shutter-finger takes a pulse
enslaved by the light




Claire Scott



I was mis-shelved when I was born
not filed under "v" for vivacious
but under "l" for lonely




David Shultz



Night sky from frozen
Cave mouth – icicles hold still
Their splintered half-moons




Daniel Sauve-Rogan



University,
starving and hysterical:
electricity




Scott Hicks



Forsaken river stones,
mineral immersions, perpetual baptisms,
smooth histories of forgiveness.




Bill Melton



filling ink-black space
silver sickle of a moon
floats across the sky




Jakob Chapman



Beneath desperate June's blistered sky
my eyes toy with her skin--
supple, river-wet gooseflesh.




Michele Vecchitto



Her hands define a lifetime of love
caressing, creating, cajoling, claiming
the shadows of a heart’s work




Laurie Decker



Sipping from your lips
I taste lies and truth
Poison is bittersweet




Angela Sargent



Laundry room spilling over with sins
Soap and water can't wash away
I shut the door in shame




Zach Agnew



The sun teeters,
Precariously balancing
On the edge of a solstice.




Jackie Zedalis



Her hands, steady
The wheel spinning around
Yielding to her creativity




Mary Crane Fahey



Luminosity limns the horizon,
Morning music spurs sleeper
Poking dreams away




Roxanne Barbour



spaceport overpass
triggering
cataclysmic volcano




Alyssa Chen



Out of being alive comes
Coffee stains on these wine glasses
Inexplicable, like you.




Robert Hale



She comes to me a-zig a-zag
Blue dragon whirring inches from my face
Many eyes, what do you make of me?




GAYLE COMPTON



Cap, gown,
keys to the Dollar Store--
magna cum laude




Joel Schueler



Now she knows
the whites of my eyes
a little deeper than yesterday




Connor Bjotvedt



A feeling worse than
Déjà vu, every morning,
toothpaste on my tie.




Peggy Turnbull



swollen Milkweed pods
sated Monarch sojourners
rest roadside




Anna Cates



lone pumpkin
shrunken to mush
light flurries




Tom Pearson



Hong Kong bauhinia
on a road back to self
a red flower blooms




Lianne Kamp



warm summer shower
a toddler is baptized
in a rain puddle




Erin Werner



Seven tiny capsules
Submarines to be digested
And converted into happiness.




Colin Campbell



ozone layer shakes
warm wind blows out of mankind
out of woman too




Melissa Robinson



certainty is born
amorphic puddles of hues
necromancing O'Keefe




David Hewitt



Dragged down by the world’s weight,
through whispering white crystals
I glide, I float—free.




Rachel Pond



black speckles on red
wings preparing to take flight
springtime adventure




Rebecca Kane



disappearing down ant hole
pirated potato chips
our picnic




Jennifer Montgomery



old smells
rain on gravel
lilacs




Cynthia Sharp



she who was everything
now gone forever
last sip of tea with coconut sugar




Vyomi Malik



Kaleidoscope
Hues of hope sing
Elope with dreams




Michael Flanagan



a rainbow arc
chases the sweep of water
over the infield




Jason Willis



A perfect roundness
And a soothing soft caress
Heaven in my hand




Nicholas Thacker



Compassion for life lost
Exploitation for profit
So the fires will burn till the end




Erin Castaldi



July heat
Weaver's web spans
A dove's coo




Jared Campbell



street light burns behind
its willow-veil
nightly confusion




Kyle Hemmings



my mute cool-hand lover
Mona Lisa smile
not a twitch




Amy Glin



leaves leave bare branches
a ceiling becomes a floor
fertile ground prepared




Chanacee Ruth-Killgore



honeysuckle climbs crumbling walls
sweet nectar perfumes still air
heavy clouds linger




Julia Prentice



Faint susurrations, brittle palm fronds
Whispering of woe
Through dry, green teeth




Patricia Rossi



faded palette
tattered canvas
brush strokes from days gone by




Mia Altamira



Silent moments hang -
Grinning, against dusk -
Glow - ache - dissolve




Willa Holm



down seaside deerpaths, we wade
waves of tick-infested grasses: go on,
burrow! in flesh, I am tempted too.




Maria DePaul



Lightning strikes sagebrush
Winds stir flames
Wildfire grasses




Catherine LoFrumento



summer wind
sketches of her tumble
across the grass




Alexander James



Midnight in Tokyo
Neon signs twinkle
Reflecting frozen sky




Cliff Saunders



The wind in the pines--
who will live,
who will die?




William Turner



cooling breath blown gently
soft pillow case head rest
stretched across his face.