Oct/Nov 2017 Poetry

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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 parallel, tide, knot, and lantern.

If you would like to participate in the next special poetry assignment, the new words are sliver, sidewalk, vanish, and portent.

(These are excerpts—click on the title to view the whole poem)

black penny loafers have been known to click on marble staircases
Hannah Lanier


Eclipse Morning
today the moon will cover the sun, block brilliance
the way an illness might clot a woman's thoughts
Judy Kaber


Doing Laundry at a Women's Shelter
Her son asks if Green Lantern
is Irish
David Mathews and Sharon Mathews


Two Word Poems
Some kinds of people think
that everyone wants what they want.
Greta Bolger


Other Me Can Sing
There is a road parallel to my own,
where other me walks along the dark woods between us.
Michael A. Van Kerckhove


For the Swimming Girls
We were goggles forgotten at home, eyes forced open underwater
diving for the lantern-bright flash of a sinking coin, the whites gone bloodshot
when we checked in the locker room mirror.
Elizabeth Kerper


The Ride
time, that last pesky knot that never comes undone
I'll slip right open with just a wide smile on the long wave
Don Pomerantz


I Confide in Jane Eyre about My Divorce
it no longer matters
if we wear our hair up or down
Jennifer Finstrom


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