After the Crescendo – a poem by Corren Hampson

After the Crescendo “I’m really getting bigger,” Lena says, scrambling through the woods to the creek. Her four-year-old voice affirms the pride of accumulation, of chubby hands tying shoes, of climbing trees like a monkey, of saying the ”R” in “water.” In glory we are born, climb through green change to a golden crescendo ofContinue reading “After the Crescendo – a poem by Corren Hampson”

from POND – poetry by John L. Stanizzi

11.14.2018 7.32 a.m. 31 degrees Paired with nothing, I witnessed the Occasion of its nearly inaudible thwack Nearing the pond’s outlet; a single brown maple leaf Dropped onto the surface and rippled the signal of its arrival. *** 11.18.2018 9.21 a.m. 34 degrees Plowed perfect, snow mound reflected in the black mirror of the pond.Continue reading “from POND – poetry by John L. Stanizzi”

THE ONLY KNOWN PHOTOGRAPH OF GOD – a poem by Rupert Loydell

THE ONLY KNOWN PHOTOGRAPH OF GOD ‘When you get a clearer picture you can understand why so many want to stand in the dust cloud, where there is comfort in confusion.’ – Thomas Merton The only known photograph of God turns out to be a silhouetted skyhook slung from a wire, holding nothing and notContinue reading “THE ONLY KNOWN PHOTOGRAPH OF GOD – a poem by Rupert Loydell”

The End of Summer – a poem by Serena Mayer

    Serena Mayer studied anthropology and social geography, and is interested in hidden texts and forgotten or discarded language. Her writing has previously appeared in Nutshell, Electric Zone, Here to Stay, I Am Not A Silent Poet, X-Peri, Amethyst Review, Odd Moments, Reflections, A Restricted View From Under the Hedge, Poetry WTF, Storm Warning,Continue reading “The End of Summer – a poem by Serena Mayer”

Sufficient Grace: An Imagined Conversation with Flannery O’Connor – by Emily Peña Murphey

Sufficient Grace: An Imagined Conversation with Flannery O’Connor Sitting at my desk with eyes closed and dozing—the witching hour of 2 PM has arrived. There arises before me an image of a small, mousy woman wearing a sheath dress and unbecoming glasses. Like me, she is seated at the keyboard of her time, a typewriter.Continue reading “Sufficient Grace: An Imagined Conversation with Flannery O’Connor – by Emily Peña Murphey”

Enlightenment as Salvation – a poem by Brian Glaser

Enlightenment as Salvation from Five Cantos on Enlightenmenet The fire had worked its local menace, The waiter and the boat rental manager Had stories about how close the disaster Had come this time, about the heroism of the fighters And the ordinary evil of the arsonist Who was out on bond for burning a barn.Continue reading “Enlightenment as Salvation – a poem by Brian Glaser”

The Adversary – a short story by Wayne-Daniel Berard

The Adversary “This is English 202,” the professor began, “Introduction to Short Story. Let’s begin with this one,” and he commenced distributing a thin pile of xeroxed sheets to the head of each row. A hand went up. “Excuse me, Professor …?” “Abramovich,” he said, between silent nods and lip-synced numbers. Then stopped. He’d lostContinue reading “The Adversary – a short story by Wayne-Daniel Berard”

How to Pack for Iceland – a poem by Sara Letourneau

How to Pack for Iceland Leave the umbrella at home. The wind there has a will of its own, and you might not want to tempt it. Plan to dress in layers. How else can one prepare for the unpredictable? Waterproof your body in duck down and feathers and a tortoise shell of nylon. YourContinue reading “How to Pack for Iceland – a poem by Sara Letourneau”

Where the Word Begins – a poem by Robert Okaji

Where the Word Begins I end, or so it seems. Small comfort in the light of that lamp reflecting from the window, a low, interior moon subject to whim and circumstance. And how do we retract those unsaid lines, heartfelt and meant, but never expressed? The hoot owl voices my response.   Robert Okaji livesContinue reading “Where the Word Begins – a poem by Robert Okaji”