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January 19, 2015 – 7:19 am | No Comment

New Writers To Look Out For
Chloe Honum is a tremendously talented poet who we’ve had the chance to publish a few times now. Her first collection, The Tulip Flame, came …

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Tea

January 27, 2015 – 2:13 am | No Comment

Tea
by Volodymyr Bilyk

Tea and
end th-th-th
those-tah-tah
those-toes-toss-those
ta-ta`s
and th-ee
those
toes-toss-and-they-are
those-those-toes-and
end th-th-th
and ebb-o`th-th-th

those-toes
toss-ta-ta-ta`s
toss-ta-ta-ta
and th-th
those-and-they-are
end th
and th
ta-ta-ta
toes-ta-ta`s
those-and-ones
those-toes-toss

and
those-toes-and
those-tosses-and-ones
ta-ta-ta-ta
and th-th-th
ta-ta-ta`s
ta-ta-ta`s
and th-th-th-th
those-toes-ta-ta
those-and-they-and
end th-th-th…

(swill will
swell well)

Insha’Allah

January 26, 2015 – 7:25 am | One Comment

Insha’Allah
by Danusha Lame?ris
I don’t know when it slipped into my speech
that soft word meaning, “if God wills it.”
Insha’Allah I will see you next summer.
The baby will come in spring, insha’Allah.
Insha’Allah …

Restaurant Love

January 20, 2015 – 6:26 am | No Comment

Restaurant Love
by John Bennett
I’m so
old now
that I
can fall
down in
front of
a restaurant
& beautiful
women bend
to help
me up.
And so
I
do it.
I hang
around until
a woman
with good
legs &
a sympathetic
countenance
steps out
onto the
sidewalk &
then down
I go.
Nine times
out of
ten …

the little one stopped to clean his magnifying glass

January 18, 2015 – 7:10 am | No Comment

the little one stopped to clean his magnifying glass
by J.D. Nelson
are the tiny ants ready
for the leap from hill
to pyramid?
will the images of their gods
be stylized & adhere
to a strict …

School Night

January 17, 2015 – 8:55 am | No Comment

School Night
by Stephanie Tallett
You stood outside my window til three
Waiting for dad to sleep
He lay on the floor in the den
Since half past ten
Legs crossed at the feet
The TV was …

Ad Nauseam

January 16, 2015 – 6:46 am | No Comment

Ad Nauseam
by Parker Neely
In the mind of my eye, I see a world of sand on fire
water turned to stone with shopping carts embedded in frozen suspension
s t r a …

Mockingbird

January 15, 2015 – 5:44 am | No Comment

Mockingbird
by Judith Harris
I can hear him,
now, even in darkness,
a trickster under the moon,
bristling his feathers,
sounding as merry
as a man whistling in a straw hat,
or a squeaky gate
to the playground, left …

DRAWN TO THE ESOTERIC AND PERSONAL

January 14, 2015 – 5:40 am | One Comment

DRAWN TO THE ESOTERIC AND PERSONAL
by Randall Nicholas
A field be-fed by spiderwort, puccoon,
deer in the browsing, crisscrossing redwings,
thunderstorm and rainbow, sense of craft
to the universe taking the edge off chaos
brewing …

Bohemian

January 13, 2015 – 6:38 am | No Comment

Bohemian
by Jennifer Freed
Yes, if he had loved me – or loved enough, I would have stayed on his
side of the ocean, in his world of coal-sharp winter
air and pubs blue …

If poetry could raise the dead

January 12, 2015 – 8:27 am | No Comment

If poetry could raise the dead
by Frank Scarangello
If poetry could raise the dead
the earth would bleed where they had bled
to flow back into fallen soldiers
who would rise, young and …

IN THE BIG APPLE

January 10, 2015 – 7:27 am | No Comment

IN THE BIG APPLE
by BZ Niditch
In a spurt of light
my sax waits for me
wishing to be part
of a new world
jazz symphony,
like any fresh violet
snuggling up
from the earth
already missing
Andy and Edie
from …

Aspirations

January 9, 2015 – 7:08 am | No Comment

Aspirations
by Ben Macnair
He wears a raincoat,
And Tony Hancock’s face,
Drinks tea from a china cup,
And aspires to a six pack.
That’s what the advertisers want you to believe.
In reality he takes company …

To the Anorexic

January 8, 2015 – 7:23 am | One Comment

To the Anorexic
by Chloe Honum
Sleepy child, what are you sewing? Where do you imagine you will wear it?
Daylight falls like yards of satin in your lap. When Mother wraps her …

Day-dreaming, Fitfully, of Those Hypnogogic Days…

January 7, 2015 – 7:08 am | No Comment

When Genre Painting Ruthlessly Ruled the Earth
by Cocteau
Mmm.  Sometimes a lute– your red scarf
matches your eyes– is very like an armadillo.
A danger on the stairs, a sybil of love.
A spray …

The late Bill Shively reads.

January 6, 2015 – 8:31 am | No Comment
The late Bill Shively reads.Play

Bill Shively, Michael Monhart saxophone, Stan Cassel guitar and Martha Armstrong vocals – at the last Goat Roast – Video by Mary Slocum

WE CROSS THE STREET TO MEET THE INVENTOR OF MAYONNAISE

January 4, 2015 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

WE CROSS THE STREET TO MEET
THE INVENTOR OF MAYONNAISE
By Mark Sargent
Excuse, I say, this is my friend Dan and
where would the sandwich be?
She gives us a cross-eyed look, winces
and …

New Year, Same World

January 1, 2015 – 8:14 am | No Comment

New Year, Same World
by Dan Raphael
I keep a motorcycle in the trunk and a skateboard in the saddlebag
a jacket with built-in parachute/tent, waterproof shoes, a hat w/ GPS.
 
When my country …

and you will know me by the trail of ding dongs

December 30, 2014 – 9:57 am | 2 Comments

It saddens me to report that one of our long time writers has passed away after a battle with Cancer. She was a great person, a fan and supporter of …

Book review – betting on the Muse by Charles Bukowski

December 29, 2014 – 11:06 am | No Comment

Book review – betting on the Muse by Charles Bukowski
Review by Ben Macnair
Over 400 pages, the influential prose writer and poet Charles Bukowski describes his favourite things in one of …

BOB SEGER AND A SACK LUNCH

December 27, 2014 – 6:07 am | No Comment

BOB SEGER AND A SACK LUNCH
by Monica Hall
It’s not that I’m a total slacker,
But I suppose I lacked the drive and ambition
to seek a high-powered corporate career.
I certainly had my …

Another 2-d Christmas

December 26, 2014 – 4:58 am | No Comment

Another 2-d Christmas
by Smokey Farris
Fiesta frisbee legs running a gun.
Raspberry look a little giggle and a little tongue pulling in the sweet
fruit.
Jungle gym girl, jungle jim standing up on the …

Merry Christmas everyone!

December 25, 2014 – 6:13 am | No Comment

Before the Ice
by Emily Dickinson
“Before the ice is in the pools,
Before the skaters go,
Or any cheek at nightfall
Is tarnished by the snow,
Before the fields have finished,
Before the Christmas tree,
Wonder upon …

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2014 – 6:32 am | No Comment

The Christmas Exchange

December 23, 2014 – 8:06 am | One Comment

The Christmas Exchange
{Ho Ho Ho}
By: Halifax
I don’t believe in christmas.
what do you mean christmas? You mean Santa?
no, I believe in Santa. I don’t believe in christmas.
As in there’s no such …

City Lights

December 21, 2014 – 6:10 am | No Comment

City Lights
by Mary Avidano
My father, rather a quiet man,
told a story only the one time,
if even then—he had so little
need, it seemed, of being understood.
Intervals of years, his silences!
Late in …

World Picture

December 20, 2014 – 6:37 am | No Comment

World Picture
by Meng Lang, translated from Chinese by Denis Mair
Far away, a dust column in the storm takes solid form
People who lean against the wind to keep themselves erect
Are like …

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 …

BLACK HOLES IN SPACE

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

BLACK HOLES IN SPACE
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 …

CAN’T THINK STRAIGHT STREET

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

CAN’T THINK STRAIGHT STREET
by Colin James

uh hmmm. and how does that make you feel?

December 13, 2014 – 6:56 am | One 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 …

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