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— Word Poems
Poems containing the words sliver, sidewalk, vanish, and portent.
Evening poems are like
blind windows of empty houses
where no-one indifferently turns on a light
Lakshmi Arya Thathachar
Two Poems (Spotlight Runner-Up!)
Every year late in January
the sun picks a day
to stroke her gold-strung lyre
He is a boy stuffed into history
Remembered if only for that harmed face
What Living Is
the sea an unlapping
R. W. Jagodnik
The faces in the history book
Near Jack's Cabin
I want to coax them to my fire
before the wind tonight and snow
The animals run to the Karun
They leap into the river's mud
Treading that corpulent fat to the sea
Ozark patriarchs simmer mossbergs
and aluminum soup, these parts.
law of squares
I have resigned from
my reflection. Not near as it once was, well-earned
damage on display.
The sheets of years hang on a line
in my yard and flap in the wind.
I have met two beloved ghosts
in my life
Sharon Fagan McDermott
A troupe of one, he gave tender life
to cloth and reshaped remnants
of the ocean spends eternity arriving,
hiccuping back forever.
I am not the girl
my mother insists pronounce
I'm shaken, even years later,
by how quickly we took a life.