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Fred Everett Maus: Yellow

In the days after, we did not weep in each other’s
presence, nor hold each other, nor say much
about our feelings. It was how we had always been.

November 30, 2021 · 5 Comments

Pauletta Hansel: The Stepmother’s Lament

Tell me,
what am I
supposed to do
with all this love?

November 29, 2021 · 4 Comments

Video: “Hope” by Emily Dickinson | A Film by Robert Isenberg

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –

November 26, 2021 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: I Am a Small Guitar

I am a small guitar in a large room on a Saturday
sometime after four when the last lunch guest
has driven home, beating the rain…

November 26, 2021 · 2 Comments

Michael Gregory: On Second Mesa

Wherever one steps is sacred

November 25, 2021 · 2 Comments

Sally Bliumis-Dunn: Ode to Autumn

this is where I can
still see you
in these gray branches

November 24, 2021 · 1 Comment

Zachary Guadamour: Ciénaca

I ride lazy atop the mule Toby
as he unravels a deer path we follow
not knowing where we head
the morning crisp in the cloudless warming sky

November 23, 2021 · 1 Comment

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Godwit Beach

Remember? It was late in the afternoon,
we walked a while along these limestone cliffs,
under the silver ghosts of eucalyptus trees.

November 22, 2021 · 4 Comments

Michelle Bitting: Pandemic Mask Sonnet

The world’s gone mad at the wheel
While bees and seas soar for bloom, germs and chaos
Straining against reorder.

November 21, 2021 · 8 Comments

Michael Simms: The Door

The first time I saw him
he was a beautiful Irish boy,
an extra in a Synge play…

November 20, 2021 · 23 Comments

Michael T. Young: Reflections on Richard Hugo’s Poetry

I believed the necessity
of that suffering world, hoping it would learn not to do
it again. But I was young. The world never learns.

November 19, 2021 · 9 Comments

Aidan Rooney: Reliquary (after Ida Faubert)

Here, in a small rosewood box
lined with silver satin,
your locket still attached
to a closed gold chain.

November 19, 2021 · 4 Comments

Christopher Bursk: The Procession to the Palace of King Neptune

How could a man, barnacled as rock
at low tide, rank as seaweed,
have a story worth listening to
by a prince enamored of the moon?

November 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Katy Giebenhain: Falling Asleep in a 300-Year-Old Industrial Cottage in Derbyshire Surrounded by Star Wars Action Figures

the enemy with a thousand faces
the mentor with a thousand faces
the waitress with a thousand faces

November 17, 2021 · 2 Comments

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