Effigy – a poem by Kate Garrett

Effigy Smoke-cocooned in the sacral end of the year outside the back door swaying in time to the ale in my glass I loop my cigarette in the path of fire-blossoms unfurling across the almost-winter sky friends have drifted home to sleep and dream of revolutions alone in the rain-smouldered night ancestral memories awaken thisContinue reading “Effigy – a poem by Kate Garrett”

Given a Life to Spend – a poem by M.J. Iuppa

Given a Life to Spend Not holy. Not holy, yet wholly snow spins like a swarm of bees, like a gauzy cloud snagged in the crab apple tree where red & green birds feather dust branch to branch to feeder, swinging tenderly, like the priest’s censer leaking pearl-gray smoke over heads bowed in thoughts fewContinue reading “Given a Life to Spend – a poem by M.J. Iuppa”

First Exit – a poem by L.B. Stringfellow

First Exit The day I would lay down to face the sun. In the darkest hour, they told me not to fear what, in my mind, I had already repeated. Because to think is to do. And since I thought of my death, I had died already. I watched those around me in their slimContinue reading “First Exit – a poem by L.B. Stringfellow”

Unicorns in The Hood Part 26 – a poem by Israel Francisco Haros Lopez

Unicorns in The Hood Part 26 i walked along the smoking mirrors of tescatlipocatl and the day keepers the ones that swallow keys and skeletons walked until i found the mouth of queztalcoatl feathered serpent stretching into the womb of water where water births stars i tried to walk into the mouth of quetzalcoatl andContinue reading “Unicorns in The Hood Part 26 – a poem by Israel Francisco Haros Lopez”

On the Ferry – a poem by Jen Stewart Fueston

On the Ferry   Jen Stewart Fueston lives in Longmont, Colorado. Her work has appeared in a wide variety of journals, most recently Ruminate, Rock & Sling, and The St. Katherine Review. Her poems have twice been finalists for the McCabe poetry prize, and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her first chapbook, “Visitations,” wasContinue reading “On the Ferry – a poem by Jen Stewart Fueston”

Allow – a poem by Ali Grimshaw

Allow How different it is to force instead of allow. To let it come to you. Unfurl. Without your touch. Inside a flower bloom without a worry if the petals overlap. To relinquish. Your plan might not be the one. Unfold another way, yet considered inside magic that you desire.   Ali Grimshaw is theContinue reading “Allow – a poem by Ali Grimshaw”

Prayer flags – a poem by Carol Alena Aronoff

Prayer flags When I exhale, the Tibetan flags suspended from a shelf above my desk flutter– sending prayers into the world. Now when breezes move through leaves of the golden shower tree and neighboring coconut palms, I see them as prayer. When wind ripples river, it sets small stones afloat, carries twigs and koa branchesContinue reading “Prayer flags – a poem by Carol Alena Aronoff”

A Day of Peace – a poem by Merril D. Smith

A Day of Peace Red sky at morning, sailors take warning White gull soars into the blushing sky, drops a clam shell on the beach, leaving it for the boy to find. He’s never seen the sea before but he’s seen fragmented beauty in his shattered city, of broken statues. . Dark clouds roll inContinue reading “A Day of Peace – a poem by Merril D. Smith”

With and Without – a poem by M.J. Iuppa

With and Without                 for Meghan Rose Shimmering shells dry on the kitchen table— fragile like one’s heart Yet, able to hold the sea like love— un- quenchable—lives en- twined. Overwhelming jungle rhapsody of stars needle-sharp, unblinking the steady gaze of my daughter’s eyes.   M.J. Iuppa  is the Director of the Visual and PerformingContinue reading “With and Without – a poem by M.J. Iuppa”