Sample poems

Issue #37, Fall 2016



the eons I wasn’t here

the eons I won’t be—

winter stars

Billie Wilson

Juneau, Alaska


war zone . . .

amongst the rubble

an empty birdcage

Mohammad Azim Khan

Peshawar, Pakistan


muggy night

her swimsuit drips

from the open window

Nick Hoffman

Richmond Hill, Cork, Ireland


darkness . . .

her name slips

into it

Dave Read

Calgary, Canada


deep inside blue the sound of remembering

Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah

Accra, Ghana


setting sun—

a shucker’s knife

at the oyster’s hinge

Alan S. Bridges

Littleton, MA


bowl of persimmons

after a pause he says

I’ll think on it


San Jose, CA



Issue #36, Spring 2016


Father’s Day–

eating apple slices

off the blade

Chad Lee Robinson


tree crickets

all at once

the night sky

Kala Ramesh


Indian summer

her trip to the mailbox


Rick Tarquinio


autumn hillside

a crow flies

as the crow flies

Bill Kenney


not by bread

alone . . .

cherry blossoms

Johnny Baranski



a stone across the sky

this world

Don Wentworth


August clouds

let the current take us

where it will

Jay Friedenberg



Issue #35, Fall 2015


the casket lowered

i wake daily

into the wrong life

Vivian Hua


You Are Here

the sunlit whirl

of thistle seeds

Christopher Patchel


our raft on warm sand

the icy river flows on

around the bend

Ruth Yarrow


starlings in her voice a winter’s worth of worry

Francine Banwarth


a wish list

for my next life

autumn blaze maple

Carolyn Hall


unplanned pregnancy

the hum of a beehive

beneath the porch

John McManus


night flurries

the express bus idles

by an empty bench

Joe McKeon


Issue #34, Spring 2015


ponderosa pine

what fog

makes of it

Cherie Hunter Day


post-op pain

the black crows

line up

Jenny Fraser


a passer-by

hidden in himself

falling rain

Ernest Wit


crack of dawn

the silence slowly

leaks away

Michele Root-Bernstein


Sunday morning

the distant clank of a train

some world or other

Philip Rowland


mirrored mountain . . .

in and out of the stillness

a trout’s silver skin

Robert Gilliland


sea otter . . .

the moon opens

on a stone

Debbie Strange


Issue #33, Fall 2014


empty park

two crows start

the world over

Robert Epstein


winter leaf–

how she cups the pills

in her hand

Marianne Paul


spring beginning

even the sound of the rain

is green

Alan Pizzarelli


bus stop

a plastic bag jellyfishing

in the breeze

Ben Moeller-Gaa


tulip stand

a tourist bends back

his phrase book

Sharon Pretti


flowing river–

the bereaved girl holds

a palm-full of water

Pravat Kumar Padhy


repairing the halo

around the streetlight

a flutter of moths

Stuart Bartow


Issue #32, Spring 2014


whale song

I become

an empty boat

Michelle Tennison


end of summer . . .

dumping the moon

back in the well

Julie Warther


white chrysanthemums

the realtor centers

her pearls

Roberta Beary


late autumn morning

rain in the hollow

of a punctured ball

Paul Chambers


bare trees

a church bell echoes

a church bell

Dietmar Tauchner


washing basket

my youngest

sets sail

John McManus



the oak in its place

the road also

Elizabeth Steinglass


Issue #31, Fall 2013


Mars One—

a butterfly

pumps its wings

Lorin Ford


overcast morning

the road worker’s gaze

on southbound geese

Ferris Gilli


back splicing

a mooring line

talk of home

Joseph Robello


between this world and the next morphine

Roland Packer


beneath dark winter limbs

a field of green


Jenny Fraser


Crab apple blossoms

A shovel full.

Alexis Rotella



the rook takes back

its moon

Alan Summers


Issue #30, Spring 2013


long summer day . . .

cuckoo songs from a new place

deeper in the woods

Anita Virgil


once or twice

a fin breaks the surface

this passing life

Bruce Ross


prenuptial contract

fish bones neatly spaced

on white china

Ron C. Moss


a sparrow flies off

with another piece

of my shredded poem

Alan Pizzarelli



I am earth again

rain moving through the bluestem

Chad Lee Robinson


no wind

even the dog’s bark drops

at its mouth

d.e. connelly


floating in the lake

the sky

my breath

Michele Root-Bernstein

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