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50 Most Expensive of the year.

December 19, 2014 – 6:09 am | No Comment

Rare and used bookseller has listed its fifty most expensive book sales of the year. A first edition of Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, for example, sold for …

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The Room

December 19, 2014 – 5:26 am | No Comment

The Room
by Jim Bennett

underneath the blue green paper
pictures of flowers
is the ghost of wood-chip
and in places round the fireplace
in the wrong light
you can see
the papered over not-to-my-taste
dark blue paint
that someone thought
could be a feature

there are two settees
a TV, a video, a SKY digital box;
the channel chasing handsets
wait on a side table next to where I sit

There are a stack of video tapes
played or waiting to be played
books, magazines,
todays newspapers
and in one corner
the computer
that links me to a billion names
But even so
in spite of all this
the room is empty


December 18, 2014 – 8:28 am | No Comment

by Casey Bush
as the Insurance Salesman …

Book review of The Long Blue Room

December 18, 2014 – 6:22 am | No Comment

The Long Blue Room
Poetry by Joan Gelfand
Benicia Literary Arts, January, 2014
ISBN 978-0-9703737-2-4
Paperback: xii; 87 pp. $12.95
Review by Carol Smallwood
Ms. Gelfand searches her own motives with a touch of whimsey while …


December 15, 2014 – 9:12 am | No Comment

by Colin James

uh hmmm. and how does that make you feel?

December 13, 2014 – 6:56 am | No Comment

uh hmmm. and how does that make you feel?
by Tara Przybille Bradley
Washing his face, Richard thinks,
“Damn, I hate fat people.”
He puts on his work suit and leaves his apartment.
As Richard …

ol el a

December 12, 2014 – 4:51 am | No Comment

ol el a
Photo and poem by Oswald James
hypothetically nude
crawling up the five
with the windows down
and the mind ablaze
as if there’s any other way
to make it in hollywood
in the hollow skies …

Death has a lengthy head of urgency

December 11, 2014 – 6:49 am | No Comment

Death has a lengthy head of urgency
by Oscar Smiles
Death has a lengthy head of urgency
classification module: 1TS
systemic tumor
the red winged blackbird
You must know that
you are not alone
Snilt bitches
Crop and tide
Up …

You’re ol familiar

December 10, 2014 – 6:47 am | One Comment

You’re ol familiar
by Larla Wirtz
This is not a place for children. This place; for liars and thieves. Portrait painters and Arabian prostitutes. Boys who sing their lover sonnets and whisper …


December 9, 2014 – 6:40 am | No Comment

by Lowell Jaeger
He’d knock and open before I answered
in the locker room where busboys, prep-cooks,
and high school dishwasher jocks hung
their street clothes and readied for another shift.
I’d be unbuttoning …

A Man in Chains

December 7, 2014 – 6:43 am | 2 Comments

A Man in Chains
by Michael Henson
“I know. I know,” said the man in chains.
But the officer said it again. “Fifteen minutes, no more, then we’re out of here.” It was …

Warts And All

December 6, 2014 – 6:28 am | No Comment

Warts And All
By Chris Bodor 02.27.05
Fate brought our hearts together in February.
At last, what was lost was now found.
We found a home for happiness.
Love at first sight and sound.
This year …

Dead or Alive

December 4, 2014 – 5:13 am | One Comment

Dead or Alive
by Amy Temple Harper
I wondered if we were still in love. We were still nervous when we ate. We ordered
just one thing and split it. Only people that …

The Reason I Love Cottonwoods

December 3, 2014 – 6:11 am | No Comment

The Reason I Love Cottonwoods
by Teri Zipf
Because of dust and locusts
and all the birds that circle
slowly over wheat fields. Once
I saw hawk after hawk climb
air ridges into the blue
and not …

Five Houses Down

December 2, 2014 – 2:03 am | No Comment

Five Houses Down
by Christian Wiman
I loved his ten demented chickens
and the hell-eyed dog, the mailbox
shaped like a huge green gun.
I loved the eyesore opulence
of his five partial cars, the wonder-cluttered …

Ghost Dance

December 1, 2014 – 4:48 am | No Comment

Ghost Dance
by frank scarangello
My father has much pity for us
My father has much pity
I hold out my hands toward him and cry
in my poverty I hold out my hands
in …


November 30, 2014 – 8:37 am | No Comment

by Casey Bush
“The tragedy of sexual intercourse


November 29, 2014 – 8:09 am | No Comment

By Dr. Mel Waldman
The night is a beast. It eats my brain for an after-hour dessert. TV is a pacifier, dope for the lonely hearts, …

Black Forest

November 28, 2014 – 5:56 am | No Comment

Black Forest
by Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois
My people sought solace in the Black Forest, and that impossible commodity, safety. For the pleasure of their neighbors, all of whom were at a distance, …


November 27, 2014 – 7:00 am | No Comment

by Linda McCarriston
Every year we call it down upon ourselves,
the chaos of the day before the occasion,
the morning before the meal. Outdoors,
the men cut wood, fueling appetite
in the gray air, …


November 26, 2014 – 5:07 am | No Comment

by Mark Sargent
To issue in rays,
she this,
I emit—
flow up out through chest
shoulder glow down arm
rhoosh heat rise
radioactive Geiger scream
the intense pleasure
this woman ignites,
still rising steam.


November 25, 2014 – 5:05 am | No Comment

SCHOOL’S OUT!  (1974)
By Monica Hall
I dragged the old wooden ladder
from our side yard where it lay abandoned.
“This thing’s gotta be older than me” I grumbled,
as I shoved it upright against …

ee cummings recording

November 25, 2014 – 4:46 am | One Comment
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Recording of E. E. Cummings (1894-1962) reading his poem “i thank You God for most this amazing” from his book “XAIPE.”

Wedding Proposal Announcement

November 24, 2014 – 5:46 am | One Comment

Wedding Proposal Announcement
by Dirk Michener
Dear Girls,
All of you need to get married to me immediately
The wedding will be a huge wedding
Heavily catered and with much ornamentation all over the place
In …

Review of Angles of Separation

November 24, 2014 – 2:31 am | No Comment

Review of Angles of Separation by Carol Smallwood
Judith Skillman
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Glass Lyre Press (2014)
ISBN-13: 978-0984035298
Buying a new poetry collection is like investing in a travel ticket—the excitement begins when …

Slice of Life.

November 22, 2014 – 7:08 am | 2 Comments

Slice of Life.
by Pride Ed
Cold sunlight fills my
room today. Coffee
from the night before
stains the corners of
my mouth and I
remember to fold the
laundry. I am not
missed when I touch
the same stained
white …

Old Spice and Traffic

November 18, 2014 – 5:13 am | One Comment

By Monica Hall
With the patience of an 8-year old,
I sit and wait.
Restlessly perched.
At the top of the lumber company steps.
It is 5:00 p.m. as the owner locks …

Mercurial management

November 18, 2014 – 4:00 am | One Comment

Mercurial management
by Randall Nicholas
Mercurial management: how to make more
Out of a foot-tired, rhyme-assaulted brain,
Wrench new reflection from a frosted mirror,
Circle back to head off where the rabbit ran.
Six-hundred episodes in …

Drunk around Noon

November 17, 2014 – 6:58 am | 2 Comments

Drunk around Noon
by Donald Buhl-Brown
“I swear I’ll quit today my love”
I was drunk at noon.
“I swear I’ll never touch a drop again”
I was drunk at noon.
“You’re a drunk and fool!”
“And …

Feral Charms

November 16, 2014 – 5:55 am | No Comment

Feral Charms
by Pat A Physics
There are two ghosts and a banshee in a foyer perspiring spirit sweat into
an old grey couch.  Since they are invisible,  the sweat stains that are …


November 15, 2014 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Ben Macnair
At any party, you stay away from the Rubix cuber.
As welcome there as Gareth and his tuba.
A series of perfect squares,
designed by one man,
for a population of imperfect …

While You Were Gone I Became a Writer.

November 13, 2014 – 4:52 am | No Comment

While You Were Gone I Became a Writer.
By: Pride Ed
Alleyways became my inspiration,
and I found my audience in bars!
Ocean views became somber,
and my meds made me think I was
Someone said …