Jan/Feb 2017

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

Special Feature — Word Poems
Poems containing the words silent, puzzle, envelop, and hypnotize.


Three Poems
The landlords told us that this used
to be paradise while I watched
a neighbor choke his daughter.
Michelle Brooks


The woken leaves sigh.
Another day lost
in thoughts of a once-lover.
Lakshmi Arya Thathachar


Herding Sheep with Bill
A step ahead of most of us, he shamed us all with his uncanny vigor,
Pushing himself up the slope with a blackthorn cane
James Mele


Fog Along the Shore
I see my mother stroll with bare-armed, young
women who gossip as their toddlers race
Chuck Kramer


Flotsam and Jetsam
dry-retching stings my throat—
I can't sing your hook
Lee Nash


blue and blue and blue #35
i was wrong
to think the weed
of any moment
was worthless
Darren C. Demaree


The Suspension
I'm not very bright,
but I make up for it by growing old in the moments
Joel Fry


In Bed on 63rd Street
It's the usual scene
of someone drowning while perfectly still
Candace Rex


The Ache of Lack: A Play in Words
who does not yearn for justice—a lattice
or perhaps merely a serviceable poultice?
Annie Stenzel


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