Jan/Feb 2022  •   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 reach, mind, shade, and back.

If you would like to participate in the next special poetry assignment, the new words are funny, half, player, and way.

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

Museum Gallery 32

on a white plate,
halved and glistening,
one obscene scarlet-
centered peach

Miriam Kotzin


dreaming—that nocturnal reach into other
worlds, imaginary states, the shadowed wilderness of her mind

Adrienne Pilon

If You Hadn't

the world reduced to a half-inch of tennis shoe miscalculation,
to a fierce whoosh through your so thin gray hair

Kimm Brockett Stammen

Sky Baby

hair-ties were
used to cut the umbilical cord
baby's pulse monitored
using a fit-bit

Jayanthi Rangan

House Hunting

every year he strung up big colorful Christmas lights we loved
a simple home, a calmness, safeness, ease

Kelli Weldon

On a Fire Escape at a Party

Stay long enough
to watch the puddles ice over

Tom Nakasako

Reflection on Blackwater Pond

The evolution
of frogs into kisses being caught at the pond
was an unstudied phenomenon

Kelly Burdick