In an ongoing series, the editors, former contributors, and readers of Eclectica have been invited to write a poem containing four pre-chosen words. The words for this issue are amulet, physician, dare, and vertical. Below are the resulting selected poems.
If you would like to participate in the next special poetry assignment, the new words are hoax, mosaic, thirst, and courteous.
(These are excerpts--click on the title to view the whole poem!)
If the dog barks at midnight
you may witness a miracle—
the Devil eating mulberries
with Eve at his feet
Barbara De Franceschi
Paul is no saint; I am no virgin.
Diamond gleams with sinister flaws.
The physician and nurse
work as gently as possible to pry her hands off her baby—
already they see he will not last the night.
Nigel is Fuming
the moment before Angie hit the ice,
arms helicoptering madly, her mouth
forced into a silent O, subtitled: scream
Michaela A. Gabriel
A Grandmother's Illness
she shuns medical help—
now a physician, he remains
Deborah P. Kolodji
Dear Calvert, I think
might need a live CRT
to spy an inch
of its own phasic yin.
The Girls on the Bus
Haunted eyes, ringed
with make-up, say that she needs