Poetry

KRISTIAN O’HARE

Two Poems
 
 

Even the creeping myrtle

doesn’t stand a chance against

the lily-of-the-valley

as it storms the lawn, a cluster

of dark-green lanceolate leaves…
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MILLA VAN DER HAVE

Snowdrift
 
 

It’s dark when she wakes

darker than she has gone before.

It’s not a blanket or a cage

but rather the stark dissent

of all that’s missing…
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RACHEL WALKER

My Sister Posing in Front of the Arno
 
 

If it weren’t for the scrunchie

around your wrist and the teal

water bottle in the picture,

you could be Botticelli’s

Venus. Tawny hair swept…
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"Alegría 4" by Vivian Calderón Bogoslavsky, 12x12cm

POETRY ISSUE #32

Chthonic

By Jonathan Louis Duckworth
 
 

How soothing to picture

my grandfather planted like a seed

in the crust

of the other continent

we call the older one…
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"Television Can Seriously Damage Your Imagination" Acrylic on canvas with enamel tiles, buttons and paper collage

POETRY ISSUE #31

Defense of Dysfunction

By Crystal J. Zanders
 
 

My brother and I used to fight over the remote.

We would spend hours after school

before Mama got home, arms locked in battle.

If you let go, you lost…
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"Dead Autumn Leaves In A Rain Gauge" by William C. Crawford, photo

POETRY ISSUE #30

Find the Foci

By Rebecca Durham
 
 

An unclasped lapse

as ascent slips into our axis, to wonder what if

the fourth breath was the fifth?

A sharp breach of shadow…
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"Laid Bare" by Monica Stewart, oil on canvas, approx. 60“ x 48” 2012

POETRY ISSUE #29

Some New Ways of Making Love

By Tyler Friend
 
 

You, holding a corpse pose.

Me, carefully eating a peach,

but cracking a tooth on the pit

anyway. You, riding a bicycle…
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"Roller-life" by Irina Udalova, tempera on paper, 2008

POETRY ISSUE #28

Circle “C” If You Just Don’t Know

By Chen Chen
 
 

I failed the multiple choice exam. I failed to thank the driver

before exiting the bus. I failed my pet fish in the third grade.

I am failing to recall if it was the third or in fact second grade…
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"redblue" by V.A. Smith, Photograph, Italy

POETRY ISSUE #27

Manifest Destiny

By Talal Alyan
 
 

“…..grow to love that strange language”

this century

bores. its growl like

a feral beast.

I want to devour

it with silver-spoon

teeth. put sea salt

along the spinal

cord of its borders…
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"Pregnancy Dance" by Sandeep Kumar Mishra, Digital Image

POETRY ISSUE #26

Folklore

By Seth Copeland
 
 

The wordless marker fell over years back,

but they know where to look, bending through

tensile wire, the blue spray of flashlights

guiding their drunk steps…
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