Oct/Nov 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 parallel, tide, knot, and lantern.


Special Feature — Weeds Poetry at the Hideout
Poetry from a Chicago open mic community.


Closed Casket (Spotlight Runner-Up!)
locked inside the casket,
hiding the way he played tag
in his parents' backyard
Lisa McMonagle


Three Poems
This is not
a poem about my father's death
this past spring
LeeAnn Pickrell


For Now
We're the first
gay couple she has ever known, she says
Kenneth Pobo


The bard-owl gathers snow,
sitting on his branch at dusk
Rachel Burns


Turning Fifty
no missed jump shots, no kids in trouble
with the law, no checks returned for lack of funds
Robert Joe Stout


The room is dark when I wake up this morning,
Yesterday I asked for an ending,
cried about a failed investment that cost us
nearly half our lives.
Jen Davis


Two Poems
From those concurrences,
place and time, affinity,
came the ached-for separation
Marjorie Mir


Adeline Ravoux Looks Back at the Night Van Gogh Shot Himself
He was calm and gentle,
and as steady as dusk, returning every day
before dark, never missing a meal.
Bob Bradshaw


Summer Solstice
although the buildings
and the street names have changed,
this place will never be one that
people might aspire to live in
Steven Deutsch


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