Apr/May 2018

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Special Feature — Word Poems
Poems containing the words current, elude, hidden, and lamp.


Three Poems (Spotlight Runner-Up!)
how is this done? this rough magic
whereby vagrant molecules (aroma)
assemble on the signal
Annie Stenzel


Day Lilies
I snap off a flower,
cup it in my hand
like a waffle cone
Lisa McMonagle


Inside the tree that resembles me,
evaporation has more patience.
Rich Ives


Dinner with Zukovsky
Tongue-tied I
merely listened. Knew nothing of his
work and less of Catullus.
Carole Mertz


I begin to contemplate my aloneness.
Easy in a country where not a soul knows me
Bryan Prasifka


Two Poems
my uncle had almost raped a woman once—that
was the story I pretended never to have heard
Priyam Goswami Choudhury


Two Poems
I know the way out of this: four clicks
of the mouse to shut down.
Karlo Sevilla


Emily As in May
So often I end up naked
in front of our neighbors
Darren C. Demaree


Two Poems
The darkest box
of joy
got mold in your basement.
Kenneth Pobo


Two Poems
without fear and loss,
these wars
would be meaningless
John Sweet


a lone
mullein grows, fugitive from Monet's
Patrick T. Reardon


A Common Ancestry
how they have come down!
Marjorie Mir


Two Poems
You are metal, not porous
but clanging.
Aditi Rao


You kept to your poetry
like you kept to the old neighborhood,
both mired in bottomless poverty
Steven Deutsch


What Is Looming
my faked relief
exhaled against a mirror
Matthew Bruce Harrison


Dusk in Chincoteague
silver-sheen oyster shells, orange spirals,
translucent sideways crabs
like fingernails
Leigh McDonald


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