Poetry

"Lucid Dreams" by Bonnie Shanas, Wire Mesh Sculpture

POETRY ISSUE #21

“Is Anxiety a Defense or a Philosophy?”

By Ace Boggess
 
 

Two anxious people walk into a bar.

No one notices, & everyone does.

Depends on whom you ask, I guess,

for that joke to make sense.

All I know is the fear of “Hello”—
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"Rudderless" by Mandy Coppes-Martin, 119" x 52" Drawing in Raw Silk

POETRY ISSUE #20

Office of the Dead

By Peter Vanderberg
 
 

The illumination for Office of the Dead

baffles scholars: Two corpses share a grave

while bones lie scattered

among gravedigger’s tools.

Two monks, in corpse-brown robes,

vigil the dead, reading scripture.
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"Child Playing: Annette in front of the Rail-Backed Chair" by Edouard Vuillard, 21.06” X 14.96”, 1900, (Owner: Art Institute of Chicago. Image courtesy of: The Athenaeum)

POETRY ISSUE #19

CHILD PLAYING: ANNETTE IN FRONT OF THE RAIL-BACKED CHAIR, EDOUARD VUILLARD, 1897

By Lisa Beech Hartz
 
 

He scrawls the iron bedstead, silent

but for the hush hush now of the pencil,

so that the child forgets him….
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"The Waider" by Joe McDermott, 24" x 26" Photograph, 9/27/2013, Mud Season Review

POETRY: ISSUE #18

Stitch

By Wendy Willis
 
 

I can barely keep up with the news,

noting the notations, annotating the annotations,

calling roll for the last reluctant mammals.

Even the Hammond B will be held

to account in the tally of usefulness.
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"The Last Caveman" by Gina Williams, Infrared Photograph, 2010, Mud Season Review

POETRY: ISSUE #17

1. Siddhartha

By Abhay K
 
 

I must have been cruel

to turn my face from my young wife

my newborn

longing for my lullabies.
 

I secretly fled at night

without goodbyes

riding my beloved horse the night through

who died exhausted at dawn.
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Image from Dancers by the Sea, Oil Paint series by Allison Merriweather, Mud Season Review

POETRY: ISSUE #16

Netsuke

By Luisa Igloria
 
 

How many worlds could fit into a leather pouch, strung

through cord and looped around the waist? Wood
 

or ivory, horn or bone–antlers and hooves,

miniature wings and fins, even the tiny pulleys
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"Sheath" by Carol Wisker, 6” x 6” x 6” Recycled textile and fiber, wood box, 2010 (Photo credit: Howard A. Brunner), Mud Season Review

POETRY: ISSUE #15

Kissing Boys

By Jim Richards
 
 

When was the last time I kissed him,

my eldest son, on the mouth?

I can’t remember. When did I start

turning away and offering cheek

instead of lips? Somewhere between

our last kiss and today’s awkwardness

we forgot the words to an old song.
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"Nine Suns" by Monica DiGiovanni, 12" x 24" Oil on Canvas , Mud Season Review

POETRY: ISSUE #14

The Summer of Manmade Miracles

By Karen J. Weyant
 
 

I dumped grapejuice into Gallagher Run,

hoping the muddy swirls would turn into wine,

and pretended the stale Angel Food cake

old Mrs. Rogers threw to the birds was really

manna from heaven. Evenings, I decided…
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"Evening Clouds" by Robert Tokley, 36''x46'' Oil on Canvas, 2015, Mud Season Review

POETRY: ISSUE #13

Curb Appeal

By James Reidel

 
 

The burnt orange of a dying coral reef,

The pockmarked brick,

The paint peels,

Which blister in great petals and dogears,

Which unfold on closer inspection to reveal an older layer of
color,

That someone else got it right—
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"Woven" by Louis Staeble, Photograph, Mud Season Review

POETRY: ISSUE #12

Limitations

By Darren Morris

 
 

My mother, who is dead,

has come to ask me questions

about how I am living my own life.

We talk about other things.

She lights another cigarette,

which pours out of her like milk.
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