Poetry

"Constructive Chaos Composition 507" by Rachel Citrino, Paint and Ink on Paper, 22" x 30", Mud Season Review

POETRY: ISSUE #10

Chronos in the Kitchen

by Sandra Kolankiewicz
 
 

At some point the cats—who routinely prowl
the windowsills and countertops to stare

out the back window and make little sounds

about the birds—must have stepped on the clock
radio in the corner, setting the

time so the station comes to life at 5…
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"Upholstered Tree, Soft Shoulder in American Gothic," Crab apple tree upholstered in outdoor upholstery fabric and ventilated backing, 506” x 340” x 340, by Elizabeth Demaray, Myd Season Review

POETRY: ISSUE #9

Turning Forty

by Bibhu Padhi
 
 

I imagine a blue deeper than the sky,
despairing the Bay of Bengal’s
depth and nightly activity.

A child’s slim voice rises through
the sea’s midnight slush, echoing from
the distance of the years, and then is lost.

What distance of time comes in between…
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Sublimation, Applied Kinetic Photography, by Tobias Oggenfuss

POETRY: ISSUE #8

From Tectonics

by Josh Booton
 
 

to chart each chasm           volley the soft rock

down how down                 somewhere inside

      besides which side

                                          are you on

the rocks colliding

      a slow commotion               as they fall & all
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POETRY: ISSUE #7

Before the Funeral

by Deirdre Lockwood
 
 

The orange juice is grey. My father keeps
calling me Mary. (His youngest sister’s name.)
Every five minutes the newsprint swirls
beneath his eyes. We look away, out
the kitchen windows to the aftertaste
of snow along the sidewalk. Gravel, rock
salt, and the rust-edged grass between the cracks…
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Tabasco by Robert Cadena

Poetry: Issue #6

Waffle House, West Fillmore, April 2006

by Brock Jones
 

He says it’s his turn to pay

so I wait by the door

on the far side of a mid-morning

crowd of diners waiting for seats.

Music trickles from ceiling speakers

barely heard over voices and coffee spoons.

A bald cook taps the grill with a spatula

and wipes his neck.

A couple holds hands

across a table.

Markose, who kills himself in four months,

passes bills over a counter…Read more

Poetry: Issue #5

On the Family Mantle

by Diandra Holmes
 
 

My great grandfather fit into a cigar box
when he was born. His fingers were pale,
wrinkled like poorly rolled cigarettes.
They thought to place his cradle
in the trash heap next to the blue glass bottles
and empty tins of sardines…
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The Village, Mud Season Review art by Emily Mitchell

Poetry: Issue #4

Hitler Stamp

by Paul Hostovsky
 
 

I traded ten triangular
Mongolian stamps for Hitler,
Hitler who killed my father’s
whole family.
 
My father hated Hitler.
He refused to say Hitler’s name…
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Poetry: Issue #3

The Seven Last Words

by Terry Minchow-Proffitt
 
 

Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing. (Luke 23:34)

Looks like we’ll spend the better part
of Valentine’s Day together
at the cancer center, sitting
with our backs against the window
beneath this morning light…Read more

Poetry: Issue #2

Almost a Mother

by Artress Bethany White

 

 

The sight of a postpartum belly
recalls the missing folds
of loose flesh between her own hips
declaring she’d never
given birth, but was once
almost a mother.
It is the heart that contracts
in these moments
instead of the womb…Read more

"Typhoon on Ha Long Bay," Margo Lemieux

Poetry: Issue #1

Morning Prayers

by David Biespiel

 

 

Your God says look behind you,

watch your back,

Become the life in your hands,

walk like a shadow,

Lose the afternoon,

knot the hour,

seek the future,…Read more