Sample poems


Issue #39, Fall 2017


coolness at dawn . . .
the stray dog’s shadow
somewhere in mine

Kyle Sullivan



temple gate—
the congregation
of worshippers’ sandals

Adjei Agyei-Baah

Kumasi, Ghana


empty street—
she stoops to pocket
a half-cigarette

Robyn Hood Black

Beaufort SC


winter passing the knife blade first

Cherie Hunter Day

Menlo Park CA


paper cut
I notice
she lies easily

Timothy Murphy

Madrid, Spain


monsoon dusk . . .
a butterfly settles
by the clothes clip

Kanchan Chatterjee

Jamshedpur, India


in puddles
stars coming up
for air

Elmedin Kadric

Helsingborg, Sweden


Issue #38, Spring 2017


zebra bikini
water drips from her
ankle monitor

Joshua Gage

Brecksville, OH


new cancer spreading the last of the grass seed

David McKee

Madison, WI


loosening itself
into dawn

Adjei Agyei-Baah

Kumasi, Ghana


tossing the ball
back and forth, a child
and the sea

Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy

Birmingham, UK


train journey
each one of us
a hula doll

Aparna Pathak

Gurgaon, Haryana, India



John Barlow

Ormskirk, Lancashire, UK


alone along the shore
the willet
in winter gray

Beverly Acuff Momoi

Mountain View, CA


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

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