Poem: Ronald E. Shields

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Drunk Tank Warrior, Minneapolis What words will you sing when you die? What song will you chant into the next world? The old drunk accused me of having a white man’s soul which is worse than none at all. The migration of hummingbirds is easy to miss. Flitting from flower to flower it is difficult … Continue reading

Excerpt: Kelly DuMar

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From All These Cures How You Know a Poem is Finished No one knows what it is you’re seeking. You bargain and begin. Soon enough, fail. So many more beginnings than you bargained for. If you find a draft you love a little, hate a lot, sleep. Wake and revise to the point of ruin. … Continue reading

Double Dose Poem: Kristin LaTour

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Adabel Fixes a Crack It trickles across the kitchen wall. Plaster cracking and peeling. She buys Plaster of Paris, a trowel rolls up her sleeves and draws up a pair of old woolen trousers ties a kerchief over her hair. She recalls frosting her sister’s wedding cake, beating eggs until her arms ached, the importance … Continue reading

Poem: Kristin LaTour

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Adabel Knits a Sweater She winds the skeins into balls, the center thread unwinding like a cutlass in reverse. She lotions her hands with lanolin scented with lavender and sits to cast-on the waistband of the back that will cover his shoulders, his back when he bends to draw up a rope. She plans out … Continue reading

Mid-Week Feature: Erika Adams & Sandra Marchetti

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from A Detail in the Landscape Please click on the image for a closer look. Erika Adams is a multi-disciplinary artist with a background in printmaking. She earned a BA in both Art and Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz, an MFA from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and studied at the Tamarind Institute where … Continue reading

Poem: Margaret Young

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Lullaby Drive west with me. Night falling in the jungle night falling on the ocean falling on the children of beasts. Remember when we drove over the cliff into the tunnel, along the path scattered by the yellow moon? Do you remember how new we were, do you remember ocean animals on YouTube, souls along … Continue reading

Poem: Harold Whit Williams

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Lines Composed Upon Hearing You’ve Touched Down Safely Who are these that fly like a cloud, and like doves to their windows? – Isaiah 60:8 O my peregrine beloved, you stormcloud chaser, You blue sky gypsy! I can finally exhale to whisper A prayer of thanks to any and all deities above, Below, make-believe or … Continue reading

Poem: James Cook

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The Fool admits he grew up in a mall-addled suburb Independence Mall Food Court, I’m sick of the lies. I’m sick of pretending. When I was very young, I lived for a few years on a busy street corner with commerce and civic and religious institutions nearby. And I’ve come back to that. But I … Continue reading

Poem: Andrew Nurkin

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Six Panes 1 If I opened the window in the middle of my chest, if I opened it, I could not stand the singing inside me to spill out and acquire the world’s watery silence, if I opened it. 2 At first, under the wilting lilacs, I rested, as at a farmhouse sill beyond which, … Continue reading

Mid-Week Feature: Sally Deskins & Laura Madeline Wiseman

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from Leave of Absence: An Illustrated Guide to Common Garden Affection   Sally Deskins is an artist, art writer and writer. Her art has been exhibited in galleries in Omaha, New York, Philadelphia, Charleston, Pittsburgh, Ohio and Chicago; and has been published in publications such as Certain Circuits, Weave Magazine, and Painters & Poets. She has … Continue reading

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