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Issue 57

POETS

ABRAHAMSEN, BRETT
AVENDEL, JAYA
BALLENTINE, KB
BEVERIDGE, ROBERT
BOADEN, ANN
CARUSILLO , RALPH
COOK, COREY
CURRO, STEPHEN
DAVIS, BRE
DECKER, LAURIE
DERANLEAU, SARAH
EUSTICE, ISAAC
GLOWACKI, KEVIN
GREENWOOD, GAIL
GUNN, MARY
HANSEN, JOHN
HANSEN, THORWALD
HATTER, SHASTA
HEAP, BRUCE
HUNT, ROBERT
IAN, MULLINS
JAYAKUMAR, RANI
JOHNSON, ALVIN
KURFMAN, ELIOT
LAUSSMANN, MELISSA
LAWRENCE, KRISTIN
LEVINE, BRUCE
MCCORRY, LAURA
MCQUOID, SYDNEY
MEYROWITZ, ALAN
MILLER, WENDY A.
MURRAY, M. E.
PELLA, PATRICIA
PETE, JOSEPH
PITTS, APRIL
POLEGA, CARRIE
PYNE, REBECCA
RAY, ANTHONY
RYAN, D.
SAM, DAVID ANTHONY
SEUK, J.E.
SMITH, JENNIFER
SPITZENBERGER, RAY
TATE, DAVID
TYRER, DJ
VORK, JR
WALKER-LASS, DEBBIE
WASILEWSKI, NELLS
WILHOITE-MATHEWS, SARA
ZEMPEL, RACHEL

Sydney McQuoid



rain cascades through my veins
thumbs turn green
spring blooms feed amity




Ralph Carusillo



Imagination
Oxygen of creation
Our breath poetic




Bruce Heap



We sit the sea and I
listening for silences between
the crashing waves.




Laura McCorry



The rain beats outside
falling faster than the ground can absorb it,
as though it would cleanse us.




Sara Wilhoite-Mathews



birds flee before a storm
the lightning stabs
a lighthouse flashes




Stephen Curro



fresh air
new cherry blossoms
soft as silk




Isaac Eustice



Hibiscus flower
A glass mouth pouring petals
Old seltzer bottle




Laurie Decker



Gentle breezes carry sweet perfume
Across the flowery meadows, beyond
Bees float amongst the blooms




Ray Spitzenberger



wren nest
each hatchling a huge gaping mouth
Mom gone to get groceries




Brett Abrahamsen



Dismal apathy erases
The triumph of life
There is no escape




Gail Greenwood



young doe in the yard--
a sprig of dead leaves
for an earring




Shasta Hatter



Father's mortality
set on your shoulders
only a phone line to help




David Tate



Carpets of bluebells mirroring the sky
Tightly bunched buttercups aping sol
Dandelion seed heads are candyfloss clouds




Alvin Johnson



Bedrock faith,
like ancient olive trees
in rocky and dry lands.




Bruce Levine



Flying on a north wind
Leaves of grass restore
Ancient tapestries of forever




Wendy A. Miller



Mother's Day Hike with those I love
Tromp through mud, teeter on tree roots
Breath-stealing view, joy in the journey




Debbie Walker-Lass



Make a list of wonder
Blue skies, quiet days
Melting into each other




Anthony Ray



you speak in riddles
I answer in a drunk slur
neither is correct




Alan Meyrowitz



Memories fade, some abruptly
as if God flips a switch
when pain of loss too great to bear




Ann Boaden



"Poetry is never safe--just necessary"
old professor, shrimp-curled into his body,
his spaced, liturgical breaths.




Sarah Deranleau



Ghosts drift aimlessly
among this field of ruins.
Vacant eyes can't connect.




Jaya Avendel



Electrified moon rays
Play havoc with my heart
I supernova into a star.




Rani Jayakumar



we are here together
each captive to her own mind
one landscape, four prisons




Kristin Lawrence



scant kids test hallways
eyes inquiring aloft masks
ravenous crows land




KB Ballentine



Mud pools the yard, grass defeated.
A squirrel whiskers the limb of an oak,
flings itself into the gray void.




JR Vork



yellow daffodils
my family on the road to Newport
blooms




Kevin Glowacki



the lazy river
converses with mountain peaks
eloquent silence




Mullins Ian



sun-dripped ice-cream
pooling on the floor;
a little boy dips a toe




Carrie Polega



Crying floorboards against silence
weight of pondering shoes
library stacks hold their breath




Eliot Kurfman



kale flower
shuns market shelf
sweet and bright




John Hansen



Last year's thoughts
linger on the hem
of your maroon dress.




Patricia Pella



tidal rhythms
conducted by the wind
seagulls wave harmony




David Anthony Sam



The skip stone disappears into the current.
Concentric rings radiate from absence.
My hand awakens to what it has done.




Rachel Zempel



moonlight hit her hair
like a halo igniting
amid the darkness




DJ Tyrer



Grey-brown sea churns
White foam frosting waves
Gull cries on breeze




Jennifer Smith



Hands like a desert at noon
Callouses on Egyptian sheets
Touchless year finds its oasis




Joseph Pete



Steelworkers weary in the shift's ashes.
Neon diners beckon; Koz beelines home.
Mill furnace burns on. Molten handcuffs.




Rebecca Pyne



Ghost words,
Rumors of things never said -
a skewed palimpsest of meaning




Robert Hunt



breeze carries soothing tune
from jaunty youth
shut-in soul vitalized




Robert Beveridge



liquid sky
decanting the clouds into
a martini glass




D. Ryan



a flash of lightning
night loses its dark cover
on the river bed




J.E. Seuk



Kicked dog
still dashing
towards the dinner bell




Bre Davis



Sorrows healed
Finding my feet
Toeing old ground




Nells Wasilewski



chirpy birds and crickets
breeze evokes rustling leaves
sunset harmony




Thorwald Hansen



Life, the whetstone
sharpens some and some
wears down.




M. E. Murray



Luminescent sphere
suspended by gravity
brightens our bleak lives.




Melissa Laussmann



weaving woman
drops her needle
-white pine




April Pitts



Harvest time--
field mice and crows stalk
the newly risen corn.




Corey Cook



in the barn
bird nest fraught with horse hair
stalls long empty




Mary Gunn



the different ways
we fold our ballot papers --
colorful drawings




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