Issue 20 Poetry

Dear dirt stain and rain-freckled snow—
by Claudia Cortese

show me the boy
that neighs at the stars, curls on leaf-beds.
Dear made-for-Sunday dress, I will leave

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Without Hansel
by Claudia Cortese

At the woods’ edge, leaves chatter, shadow
eats the green. Do not enter, the girl’s been warned.

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The End, without Iron Shoes
by Claudia Cortese

Swallow this, my little sparrow, your feathers
are white and snowlike tonight, but the pluck

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Mole Sick
by Jane Wong

Pulling tap roots from one’s mouth is not ideal.
It is best to avoid sickness at all costs.
Lost, a horse lies on its side. This is not right.

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Yellow Star-Thistle
by Jane Wong

Sitting in darkness keeps me kind,
keeps me topsoil. If I had a ladder in my hair,
I would save all those people falling out of buildings.

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Indoor Plumbing
by Jim Redmond

My grandmother was bedridden and would ask for water, glass after glass of it, there was no filling her and no one understood where it could possibly be going.

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by Derek Gromadzki

Hang  a hand on heaven’s edge
and   plod
away    away  into  duration

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by Derek Gromadzki

Unbroken   stasis   of  the  broken
habit  all  too active  treads  a bereft
indulgence  scattered  restless   weary

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Tom Grimes

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