Poetry

For Tony

POETRY ISSUE #44

It Makes You Wait for It

By John Leonard

 

I feel like I’m stuck in a rural Texas town
with no gas money to get myself home,
and if I kept walking until I found a new town,
it would probably be the same town…
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Image: "Trophees by Nelly Sanchez, collage, 40x30 cm., 2018

POETRY ISSUE #43

Shoshana’s Mother

By Joshua Sassoon Orol

 

אמא של שושנה
How does a mother teach a son
about the body of a woman?
A teen in need of a shave
I pop open
the microwave…
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POETRY ISSUE #42

Mother Darling Visits the States

By Alexa Doran

 

It’s not that the sky here isn’t blue
but that something has to asphyxiate to turn that hue.

I was so sure New England would fit like a skin… Read more

Man Mood

POETRY ISSUE #41

Obituary for Gerald

By Arjun Parikh
 
 

Gerald went by Gerald even when he was young. As a boy he set out to read the entire encyclopedia. He was adamant about doing only one thing at a time. In his twenties he played Russian roulette on Sundays… 
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The Executive Meeting

POETRY ISSUE #40

The Apologetics of Leaving

By Naomie Jean-Pierre
 
 

a leaving 

begins in the 

calluses on my feet 

calcium, hardened on my teeth 

laughter ghosts 

a smile in disguise beneath my nose… 
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Black Dog

POETRY ISSUE #39

Weathervane

By Kristin Macintyre
 
 

I am so far away I write you 

a postcard from the next room, 

say there is a whole 
 

grove of plum trees 

on the rooftop – neat little rows of stones 

fruit above the washroom… 
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Petroglyphs Blood Moon

POETRY ISSUE #38

Drape the Mirrors.

By E. Kristin Anderson
 
 

Two months had passed –  

the bed was all made; 

the doctor on the phone 

made an art of simple speech. 

Back from the dead 

a tiny voice reached… 
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POETRY ISSUE #37

THE YEARS COME A-TUMBLING

By Urvashi Bahuguna
 
 

It took long hours to fashion a set of wings 

out of cardboard and silver foil, to pour glue 
 

out of a blue bottle, paint with a flat brush 

to the very edge. My mother punched holes, 
 

slipped drawstrings borrowed from petticoats 

and tied them on my back… 
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"Paint # 60" by James W Johnson, acrylic/ink on wood, 7x9, 2014

POETRY ISSUE #36

FORDING A RIVER ON HORSEBACK AFTER HEAVY SNOW-MELT

By Robert Rothman
 
 

You have to knee her forward, down the sand

embankment, shoes clattering like silver dollars

on the river rock, encouraging words mixed with

spurs, into the freezing wash, the surge…
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"Synapse Tree" by John Timothy Robinson, 2012, paper 8.5x11 and image 7x9 with the medium as monotype (reductive technique) and the print in the collection of the artist

POETRY ISSUE #35

After the Antidepressants Stopped Working

By Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad
 
 

There is a phrase we use in Farsi

in despair or desperation:

joonam beh labam reseedeh, or

my life has reached my lips,

and how I wished it were true…
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