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BLEAK TIMES. SONNET 71 BY DAVID L. STANLEY

Two in the morning, words lose their meaning. Three in the morning, they are but raw sounds. Four in the morning, one should be dreaming, Five in the morning, when one comes unwound.       The hours of darkness let one’s mind...

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Key West Laundromat By Adela M. Brito

A parrot perched on the rod of a laundromat cart, multicolored feathers bright as the fluorescent lights above.            Its head counts those who fold and those who wait. Islanders and tourists don sweats and sip espresso on...

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PART II BY GRACE ZHAN

From the rooftop terrace of the apartment building that had been gifted to him as a coming-of-age gift from his parents, Matthew looked down towards the neat files of people; tiny, tidy and organised, and the corresponding lines...

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LISPENARD STREET BY GRACE ZHAN

He was weightless as he fell. All the years of blood, lies and tears merged together into a giant wave that washed over him, cleansing his body, his mind, his soul. There was no capacity for air in his lungs; and he was knocked...

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TRAVELOGUE BY JOHN DOUGHERTY

Up north in Maryland the railroad tracks Have been removed, The neat and graded right-of-way Rechristened “cycling trail.” Travelers now drive Along an Interstate, And to the east The exercisers pedal. It piques the second...

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HARLEQUIN BY JOHN DOUGHERTY

America has no need of Milton at this very hour But just a Punch, a Feste, a Touchstone, Or that nameless fool in Lear Should it ever come to that. A certified Shakespearean fool with all The motley, foolscap, bauble –...

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PASSING THE TORCH BY JOHN DOUGHERTY

How about imaginary numbers and infinity, Isotopes, electron flow, radio-activity, The shock of The Windhover, the silence Surging from The Listeners, the mystery Of the St. John’s gospel, the enticing list Of other books within...

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ELPIS BY JOHN DOUGHERTY

I saw my mother once reduced To those good days that sent me rays of hope. I couldn’t help but think: this good day Means you’re getting better and soon We’ll show them; I’ll be taking you right home. What we call hope the...

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Cultural Immersion by Carol Severino

I was anxious and fearful about swimming my 100th mile, the final 64 laps that would earn me a 100-mile Swim Club T-shirt. It would be my 5th consecutive day of mile-swimming, and my shoulders were sore. Mile number 99 the day...

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Hold On by Mark Williams

They must think I don’t belong here as I walk across their campus, me, too old to be a student. Who am I kidding? Too old to be on faculty. One by one, I pass them, their eyes feet-fixed as though the ground might erupt. I’m...

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