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Issue 45

POETS

AGNEW, ZACH
ALTAMIRA, MIA
BERINGER, LAURIE
BUCK, AUBREY
CAMPBELL, ROBYN
CARNAHAN, JANET
CASTALDI, ERIN
CATES, ANNA
COMPTON, GAYLE
COTTRELL, SUZANNE
DAVIDSON, TRACY
DAVIS, JEANICE
DAVITT, DEBORAH
DECKER, LAURIE
DEPAUL, MARIA
EDWARDS, KAREN
FIELD, SUSAN
FLANAGAN, MICHAEL
GASPARI, MARIE
GEOPFERT, KELLI
GUSTAFSON, JIM
HARPER, MARYCATHERINE
HICKS, SCOTT
HIX, H. EDGAR
HOSLING, JACKIE
JENKINS, FIONA
JORDEN, KRISTEN
KELLEY, MILES
KLENETSKY, WENDY LEE
KNOTT, KIP
LARSON, JODY
LEVINE, BRUCE
LIPSON, JOSHUA
LOFRUMENTO, CATHERINE
LUPTON, ROBERT
MELTON, BILL
MICHALSKI, PENNY
MONTGOMERY , JENNIFER
PAOLI, ALLISON
PLANKO, CHRISTA
ROBINSON, JACKIE MAUGH
SAM, DAVID ANTHONY
SCHMIDLIN, SUSAN
SMITH, JENNIFER
SMITH, MARE
SPRAGUE, ADAM
TURNER, WILLIAM
TW, BARBARA
VILLARREAL, ADRIAN

Catherine LoFrumento



half-eaten plum
a canoe drifts over
the moon




David Anthony Sam



Orion starks south
scabbard clear in three stars--
summarized infinity




Karen Edwards



Somber gray skies
cool breezes belie
the nature of the season




Allison Paoli



Dew forms slowly
Pearling her stem
A sultry hydration




Suzanne Cottrell



Prevailing ocean currents commanded.
Undulations churned glass fragments.
High tide scattered pastel treasures.




Laurie Beringer



Arid riverbed abides stingy skies
Endless cloud wisps streaming
Latent life held hostage




Bruce Levine



sweet september
fly-fish casting
swallows nesting and honey bees




Deborah Davitt



Backyard telescope—
wrapped in blankets,
we seek the stars.




Fiona Jenkins



Whispered dreams on summer winds
water greeting river stones
skies like painted brush strokes




Jody Larson



Draped in fog far north of Golden Gate,
Mendocino is filled with ghosts.
They look in at old doors and windows.




Robyn Campbell



Silent tranquil hushed
like an ocean
quiet strength




Wendy Lee Klenetsky



Baby falls asleep
We tiptoe by her bedroom
Not a sound is heard




William Turner



feather falling calm collapse
floating effortless and slow
abandoned the nest becomes




Mare Smith



Intricate threads secretly woven
Silent cries snipped breathless
Isolated tears eternally quieted




Jackie Hosling



Observing like a sentinel
Wide eyed, wise bird, blinking
Lethal claws wait patiently




Janet Carnahan



Hummingbirds stir the air
Flashes of hues inspire
Misty rainbows




MaryCatherine Harper



matchbox sparrow
deep sleep tonight
resurrection tomorrow




Adam Sprague



Lips move
deaf ears--
Kitchen tables in the morning




Scott Hicks



which is louder,
silent thought,
or blank page?




Erin Castaldi



Daddy long legs
Cold stone corner
Long summer shadows




Bill Melton



lofty skein of geese
a soundless wedge winging north
into the twilight




Jeanice Davis



how bright this darkness
cloud shadows over fields flow
we—only silhouettes




Barbara TW



my lunatic heart
beats like moth
to her, frantic for flame




Zach Agnew



Softly the locust hum.
Their unheard song,
Warning of the coming swarm.




Jim Gustafson



Amadeus knew the space that separates
inhale from ex, hauls the living
through the body’s dark alleys.




Robert Lupton



Years entwine our hearts
familiar love grows stronger
age enhances the wine




Penny Michalski



Clouds race across sapphire skies
Breezes deliver lilacs
Memories hitchhike.




Laurie Decker



Early morn, sliver of sun
Prized lily spreads her petals
Droplets of dew fade to air




Anna Cates



the peach pit
sprouts—
summer sunset




Anna Cates



summer’s toad
the primordial garden
livid with weeds




Susan Field



Golden koi shimmer,
Swim soundlessly,
Bubbles surface amid indigo water.




Maria DePaul



Agave bloom spikes
Twenty foot tower
Century's end




GAYLE COMPTON



Marijuana ripens on John Attic Ridge
Chevron of geese winging south-
Autumn in Peabrook




Miles Kelley



The toad crawls the hole
made for winter. Following, I slip under
the glass of well water.




Tracy Davidson



post-harvest stillness
worms wriggle through fallen fruit
autumn's bounty




Joshua Lipson



You who make yourself rare
flint remorseless
in the shadow of the stair.




Aubrey Buck



Wax candles cannibalize themselves
Burning white dots dripping
Smoky wisps remain curling




Jennifer Montgomery



mourning doves
low notes echo
in stillness




Jennifer Smith



Fog rises over river
Hands close over headlights
Lures the sleepy back to bed




Kristen Jorden



Fall Friday, sun angled
in the spell before evening
when it feels like stolen time




Kip Knott



A lone cloud, silver-edged like a razor,
nicks night’s throat,
bleeding sunrise out of the dark.




Michael Flanagan



dawn flows up
pressing night and the silence
into tomorrow




Kelli Geopfert



Sad beauty spills on
eyes grown shrouded and empty
the virgin reclines




Adrian Villarreal



Windmills and arms
rotate around,
giving life to a dying world




H. Edgar Hix



Dandelion lovers
are unimpressed by
the armory of roses.




Christa Planko



Leaden clouds hang low,
heavy grey thoughts downweighing
drops trailing my cheek.




Mia Altamira



Whisper me the nightfall
Damp between dusk and dawn
Panting with stars




Susan Schmidlin



Alongside the tranquil water
Troubles of the day
Float slowly away from me




Marie Gaspari



Old roses climb the broken fence
Clothesline abandoned to afternoon sun
And everywhere the scent of the sea




Jackie Maugh Robinson



Comes aspinning
Your pastel strands
O dawn weaver