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The Aubergine Sky by Damiana Andonova

Written on October 7, 2017

What light What calm Leaked throughout the city Them at night their bodies Peaks and valleys of shadows Caressed by the orange glow of city lights Parents driving their daughters home Medical students trying their hand at a sly Smile Hitting on slim, flat-chested blondes Tasteless Bland Like their textbooks’ Narrative voice That they are  Continue Reading »

Poetry by Jennifer Brown Banks

Written on September 23, 2017

  MURAL, CHICAGO Like sloppy graffiti, The ugliness of violence Keeps “defacing” The walls of our town– The scarlet red Of bloodshed Too often being found, Splattered, Scattered, “Tagging” A  once beautiful Mighty image–   Inscribing it with An indelible ink permanence,   History won’t soon forget     FOR A FRIEND WITH ALZHEIMER’S    Continue Reading »

Jennifer by Sharon DiRago

Written on September 8, 2017

  I thought I saw you today, underground in Union Station On the train – but really on the train on the next track. You were looking down – maybe at your ticket, maybe wondering why you were there, maybe wondering where you were going. Suddenly with a lurch your train moved. I tried to  Continue Reading »

P.G. Poulin’s Poetry for Children

Written on August 25, 2017

Sand Castle. Today I built a sand castle. My brother Danny said, “It will fall!” He was right. The waves did sweep it up. It had been low tide after all. I built a second sand castle. Danny said, “It has no chance!” The tide crept up and took it again. Danny did a victory  Continue Reading »

Poetry by Jennifer Brown Banks

Written on August 11, 2017

2 TEACH (Dedicated to Room 406) On a good day It’s not a bad way To toil away The hours, Creating avenues to empower, Molding minds Deconstructing myths, Attempting to “school” Exploring old rules, And new possibilities, Instructing, Informing, Drilling, Instilling, Shedding light, Lighting paths To combat Poverty’s darkness   HANDS (Dedicated to L.F.) TO THE  Continue Reading »

Pieces of Intimacy by Jackson Henry

Written on July 29, 2017

1 The tender dampness Of the aging bougainvillea, My tireless hands, Lightly tread, Along your surrendering body. My lips have already unraveled The secrets Of your cracked lips. And we begin To regain time. 2 Your body has been the world In the palms of other men. They have ingrained themselves Deep into your hallowed  Continue Reading »

The Pierogi King of 51st Street by Brennen Fahy

Written on July 14, 2017

I am the Pierogi King. No one can recall the origins of the pierogi feast in my neighbourhood but for as long as I can remember three or four families would get together several times a year and mess up a kitchen. The area surrounding the stove top was a dangerous place for kids and  Continue Reading »

Poetry by Richard Luftig

Written on July 1, 2017

Spring Approaches New Hampshire The cordwood stacked on the back porch suns itself in these early, hesitant days of May. It faces east as if to catch a morning of glazed prisms on window panes that hint a need for their first spring washing of the year. Out by the stone fence, wild, Labrador Tea  Continue Reading »

Brother by Thelma T. Reyna

Written on June 16, 2017

  The seventh time almost worked. Officer Bo Velez hovered in the hallway, poking his large, shaved head into the trauma room whenever nurses turned their backs. They knew him and didn’t kick him out, but they hated cops hanging around after they’d brought in their trauma victim. And this particular victim, a suicide attempt  Continue Reading »

La Plaza de los Mariachis by Alex Wyman

Written on June 2, 2017

  It’s your cue to get the hell out of town: the day before you were going to put a ring on her finger she realizes she’d rather be with the tall, hairy fellow who carries around books of 19th century German poetry but doesn’t read them. In a flash you jump in the car  Continue Reading »