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ONLY THE DEAD BY CLAIRE SCOTT

We were told of streets paved with gold twenty virgins in diaphanous gowns lying languidly on velvet couches piles of haloes & harps & alabaster robes seraphim serving goblets of sweet amnesia we were told our miserable...

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DOES GOD EXIST BY CLAIRE SCOTT

Books and books written entire forests razed some wizened scientists say no some fellowed professors say yes let’s vote and be done with it after all we are a democracy Gore v. Bush not withstanding Citizens United shoved aside...

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HOW RAVEN WRITES POEMS BY TONY LUEBBERMANN

Consider the dinosaur at the mossy spring, The massive shape, the wide-spaced feet Shuffling slowly among stuttering ferns. Its words are movements, steps placed Then underlined by long heavy tail, Leaving pool-words, phrases of...

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DAY MOON BY TONY LUEBBERMANN

The day moon’s palest at the noon, a lilac angel’s pistol, gray, exquisite. A threat of exit, a thin balloon, A bullet hole of nightly visit. Lilac angel’s pistol, gray, exquisite, hint of death without the yellow eye. The...

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LAFCADIO BY JACK D. HARVEY

Lafcadio laughed loudly that day, lightly, lively like a lark, joyous, singing that day on his way to the park, that day ringing brightly, loudly as the bell of Saint Paul’s; enthralled was he with his laugh, with his...

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TO BARBARA BY JACK D. HARVEY

Many a false tear has fallen from those sky-blue eyes, cold as glass, dropped a seeming million miles before evanescing on the white-hot tiles of the realm of the dead; the barren landscape of spirits forever burning, forever...

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RUBBISH ON THE SIDEWALK BY SARAH LOSNER

Marvin was jolted from his sleep after hearing unpleasant noises coming from outside, beyond the quiet confines of his snug bedroom. Any interruption to the tranquility of the quaint neighborhood was cause for concern—especially...

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DOG OF HEARTS BY SANDRA DREIS

To those who say, he’s just a pet, I cock my head and bark away nonsense. Only a ruptured appendix can wrench me from this pawed, perilous couch where my terrier lies, head on my belly. My weighted white blanket. Bear. He...

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EVERY DROP OF SPECIAL BY SANDRA DREIS

Pinned to my blouse a birthday corsage cousin Renee made just for me the best part wearing it to school a gift box ribbon fluffy and round like a bouquet, each year different kinds small candy pieces hanging down seven tootsie...

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ODE TO CARBONATION BY SANDRA DREIS

If water is the classic you are the jazz your rippling notes scat my tonsils sass my throat. Whereas H2O glides, your bubble magic marches and plays vibes, overrides my wild summer parches. As to fizzles, the fuss: these social...

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