Apr/May 2004

e c l e c t i c a   p o e t r y


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Special Feature — Word Poems
Poems containing the words suture, obnoxious, carton, and testament.
Includes a special invitation for the next issue.


Two Poems
I know this of horse-toothed women:
they are very often not
like horses.
Annalynn Hammond


Two Poems
Someday soon it will be illegal
to die. We're coughing now. And it's not funny,
but it is. Our hero. Our man in white.
Clay D. Matthews


How to Survive on a Distant Planet
I don't know what I'd do without him,
or what life was like before the crash,
before he walked out of the tall grass
Thomas D. Reynolds


Two Poems
But no one sees that sly lean, no one shouts
your name; my sin-drunk cronies in the lane
are busy slurping, lidless, from the spout.
Sambarta Rakshit


In the early evening I can see the sea is dusty
The moon is a changing
voice that talks in scarves, yet the ancient shop
only deals in elastics.
Julio Peralta-Paulino


Someone Always Objects to the Personal
My mother taught me chapter and verse
about virginity; how it is a lure that a woman
uses to entrap a man
Silvia A. Brandon Pérez


Gandhiji, Me and My Blues
You know I'm Muhammad Jallaluddin Akbar,
Grand Moghul in my dreams that travel
at the speed of light.
Sumanta Sanyal


Lenny Bruce is Dead
the only way for us to see the end
of the night is when it is parallel
to the beginning of a day
Alex Stolis


I go back
to the prologue, the woman
stepping into the water
Chris Young


I have seen planets crack
like eggshells and—God forgive me—
heard my mother groaning like a whore.
Michael Meyerhofer


Sometimes in the middle of a dream I'll hear
a Cajun tune I can't remember when I'm awake.
Makes me wonder what else I've forgotten, who sang.
Shann Palmer


The Fall
One wrong step and she would be headlong, the banister flying by her like a reprimand. "Be careful," her mother always admonishes. "Careful." And she is.  
Andrea Moon


Before we were born,
Our fathers compelled
our mothers to wriggle
like insatiable worms on passion's hook.
Leann Buhrow


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