Poetry

"Hands No. 5" by Kimberly VanDenBerg, 3'x4' Oil On Canvas, Mud Season Review

POETRY ISSUE #25

The Lovers

By Triin Paja
 
 

when we go to a garden of rusted bathtubs

my body bends towards you

like a field of sunflowers, my face mantled

in the gauze of your hands…
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"Drowning #3" by Casey Gallagher, 28" x 36" Oil on Canvas, May 2015

POETRY ISSUE #24

COFFY AND LA CUMPARSITA

By John Manuel Arias
 
 

tonight she feltches battery acid into his missing eyes

he wriggles like a baby bird

mid orgasm and blurts out I’ve just made love

to a shotgun because she’s

sawed off at the waist

he’s a magician

he’s the one who’s done this to her…
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"Sunset" by John Douglas, 17" x 22" Epson4900 Print, 2015, Mud Season Review

POETRY ISSUE #23

A STORY OF BEGINNINGS

By Christina Mun-Lutz
 
 

After the wind pushes the weanling

away from its mother, after the night, black

so black it nearly glows, after the ocean’s

million hands fold and unfold,

the young will be less young,

and the old still old.
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"Core" by Dave Petraglia, Photograph, Mud Season Review Artist

POETRY ISSUE #22

Romantic Sensibility in Urban Pop Culture and Why it Persists

By Bruce Alford
 

Everything that is old is new again. Taoism says

Be natural and unconstrained, like flowing water—

perhaps this persistence has something to do with

speed, movement without return; the essential to go

on forever at the end….
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"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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