Jul/Aug 2016

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(These are excerpts—click on the titles to view the complete poems)


Special Feature — Word Poems
Poems containing the words maze, parade, loom, and recognize.


Three Poems (Spotlight Runner-Up!)
The man I stayed married to said
it took years before he could finally see my
face. I was old five minutes after that.
Christine Potter


Three Poems
It is clear
that I possess no heart, no internal organs. My spine
is lattice, my skin, fabricated from jute.
Robert Okaji


Two Blocks
we could
have been little allies, unloosening
the lonely that gripped childhood
Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad


A Brief History of December
This is the body at odds with its surroundings.
Glen Armstrong


Elegy for Christina
Some days, grief keeps me looking inward,
even when I hear the cranes' migration
Michele Leavitt


Green Mountain Falls
Uniformed like a pint size Lou Gehrig,
he will have long forgotten them
by the time he rounds third base
D. G. Geis


Two Poems
He wants to know what every button does.
I don't know what every button does.
Jessy Randall


Two Poems
I thought he was powerful because he controlled the elements.
Water passed through his hands and turned into jewels.
Connie Wasem Scott


Still LIves
Easters, outings, on a backyard swing
we are trapped, waiting escape.
Marjorie Mir


the only thing you ever find is your own blood coursing through you: a warm and anxious life
Karen Windus


All Things Are Possible For One Who Believes
It shed violence it perfected before
the creation of our laws. It did pass. Power
came back on. Debris was soon removed.
David Mathews


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