Jan/Feb 2019

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

Special Feature — Word Poems
Poems containing the words ground, triangle, vision, and knit.

Winter, Two Weeks
my mutt, Suttree, frees
the bird's blood-red body at my feet

Matt Morgan

Two Poems
playing it is like riding your first bicycle uphill
on a warm day full of white-flowering trees

Christine Potter

Crows in Wind
Instead you accrue the earthbound aches
of a woman in the midst of treatment
or aging

Sharon F. McDermott

Family Road Trip
we breeze past a little town
that sprouted in the morning
shadow of a mountain

Stephanie L. Harper

Looking out on the Kerala Floods, 2018: Tanka
a thousand lights
whirl in the pooling waters
of the rose bed

Eric Steere

suit and bone (Spotlight Runner Up!)
in the Nehru suit you wore for
your son's wedding
your hands clasped by a stranger

Mala Rai

Melancholy becomes resignation
like the hollow left
when the hummingbirds have flown.

John Ziegler

What Any River Would Do
Maybe the river's current coerced the
hot throb of his breath from your ear

Kami Westhoff

The Calm
Laughter for us was a spiraling out of control,
a momentous shift in the Earth's gravitational pull

Tim Hawkins

His vigilance as relentless
as a mother tending her child, sharp as
a beam of sunlight

Virginia Folger

Pigeon Flying
This, here, is the winter—binding skin to
the current coming in.

Priyam Goswami Choudhury