Poetry

"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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Earth Words, Mixed Media by Brad Garber, Mud Season Review

POETRY: ISSUE #11

Hotel Room

by Diana Whitney
 
 

The anonymous urge

wells up unbidden: the crisp bed

like a blank canvas

expansive with potential,

lily sheets stretched taut

over the bare frame…
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"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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