Jul/Aug 2020

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Special Feature — Word Poems

Poems containing the words hope, walk, sugar, and sky.

Three Japanese Forms

We pointy-headed
intellectuals, put down
books, take up shotguns

Gerard Sarnat

Tonight, I bid them all a crowned farewell (4/17/2020)

(Spotlight Runner-Up!)

Fatal lightning striking all over
our planet, corkscrew fear.

Diane Sahms


Duck's feet, arrows on the snow,
mirrored a child's game
that we didn't know.

Alan Humm

Kitchen World

Solids are whisked up into gases that
melt to liquid in your mouth.
This is the world I love.

Rebecca Longenecker


the black-line base of it soothes my black Madonna throat

Claretta Holsey

The Genius of Men

Satiated to the edge of sickness
Like too much cotton candy at the fair

Joanna Collins

Raising Mothers

She is lost inside the land
of it makes no difference if it's day or night.

Bridget Bell

Birds on a Wire

Beneath them electricity pulses,
turning on computers
and dishwashers all over town

Claudia Buckholts

Painted Whale

She is the captain of the deep,
the longest swimmer, the warmest,
and the most intelligent

Rachel Aviva Burns


No, tonight I will make something of myself.

Carol Barrett


Nothing changes in the world when I say
Vesper Sparrow

Sharon McDermott