Jan/Feb 2024

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Special Feature — Word Poems

Poems containing the words better, doubt, mode, and wrong.

Anti-Love Poem

Real romance is nothing,
lasted weeks or was it a year, expectations of a swollen

Laurel Benjamin


gauze wants to bandage
then goes stuffy damp
a cilice of fatigue

Nathaniel Calhoun

Front Door, at the Old Place

Your shoulder pushing the front door in
and the neighbors still screaming at each other,
so I can imagine the ways we would ruin our lives even better.

Emma Buckley

After my friends' wedding,

The highway outside our window
growled and moaned and whooshed

Toni Artuso


Over the arc of a day
the Sun retires
and draws long shadows into Dusk

Tina Denetclaw