Announcing Our Nominations for the 2022 Pushcart Prize!

Such a joy to celebrate the year’s finest work. Once again, we’re proud and privileged to announce our nominations for the 2022 Pushcart Prize. Please join in congratulating the nominees, all of our Editors’ Choices, and our wonderful contributors. 

Thank you for thinking of Panoply. All our best wishes for the upcoming holiday season!

Love

Andrea, Clara, Jeff, and Ryn, Editors

5/2 – by Scott FerryScott Ferry

Before This, The Occaneechi – Maura High

Maura High

descriptors – by Lisa C. Krueger

Lisa C. Krueger

Hopscotch – by Ken Farrell

Ken Farrell

What I Saw When Looking for my Bones at Lekki – by Ololade Akinlabi

Ololade Akinlabi

Sand – by Alicia Viguer-Espert

Alicia Viguer-Espert

Issue 22, Summer 2022

Copyright 2022 Ryn Holmes

Such a summer! Do you feel the Earth’s wobble around its axis these days? That centripetal force tugging on you? Same here.

We’re thankful that humanity continues to flourish with fine writing. We’re elated to share some with you. As we hurtle into autumn, hope fills our days, shorter as they trend.

As always, thank you for reading and supporting Panoply! To our contributors, we send our deep gratitude and admiration.

Love,

Andrea, Clara, Jeff, and Ryn, Editors

Contents

5/2by Scott Ferry
Agios Dimitriosby Gary Kaiser
An Accidental Appalachianby Bakul Banerjee
At the Whitman Show at the Morgan Library, July 2019by Julia Lisella
Bisbee Blueby Cal Freeman
Brancusi’s birds above Breckenridgeby Marcy Rae Henry
British Columbia Beach Walkby Isobel Cunningham
Carryallby Mary Alice Williams
Chemo Limpby Cameron Morse
Cirrus, Balsam, Jasper, Watchby Samn Stockwell
daughterby Lisa Reily
descriptorsby Lisa C. Krueger
Don’t Feed the Bearsby Don Noel
The Gatekeeper’s Correspondenceby James Walton
Going Down the Road*by Betsy Mars
Golden Observationby Thomas McDade
Great Blueby Bill Griffin
Hasteby Allan Peterson
Hollowed Bodiesby Tara Prakash
I Dreamed of Dolphinsby Marianne Tefft
Irish Exitby Steven Deutsch
Isn’t the Cat the Only Sensible Being in That Painting?by Hedy Habra
The Lady of Shalott’s in Hot Water Again*by Jonathan Yungkans
Last Trip to the Barberby Joy Gaines-Friedler
(Man)hattanby Denmark Laine
Nearby John Riley
The Night’s Unwilling to Explain: A Golden Shovelby LindaAnn LoSchiavo
The Old Cureby Joan Mazza
Once Upon a Thresholdby Sandi Stromberg
Police Call at Nightby Ann Howells
Revisiting the Bardo Museum in Tunisia 2019by Arturo Desimone
The Sage Says the Blueby Max Heinegg
Seeing Itby Robert Nisbet
Self Portraitby Bartholomew Barker
Seven Pieces of Advice for My Nieces, Post-Roe v. Wade – by Marie C. Lecrivain
Sex Shop Sestinaby Gene Twaronite
Shellfishby Diana Donovan
Shots Fired at Heckscher Parkby Emily-Sue Sloane
Some Dummy – by Allan Lake
SPF Infiniteby Lawrence Miles
spider-silk laceworkby Louise Kim
Stack Wood to Let the Air Inby John Hicks
Synesthesiaby Ann E. Wallace
Take Restby Mary Anna Scenga Kruch
Totemby Karen George
Vaporby David Colodney
War Anthemby Adele Evershed
Who am I Todayby Steve Gerson
Wolf Princeby Catherine Arra
Yosemiteby Roberta Schultz

Review of “A Triptych of Birds & A Few Loose Feathers,” – by Pratibha Castle

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A Triptych of Birds & A Few Loose Feathers
By Pratibha Castle
Published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press
48 pages
ISBN: 978-1-913499-36-5
Price: £14.50
Reviewed by Andrea Walker, July 2022

A Triptych of Birds & A Few Loose Feathers by Pratibha Castle begins with a dedication to her mother and the poem “Heartsease.” The name of a wild pansy in Europe found in the meadows, the poem’s title suggests a theme of peace. The speaker’s pleasure at the sight of a volery of long-tailed tits, a charming little bird with the cutest song ever, foreshadows the presence of birds throughout the poems. In this forty-eight-page collection of twenty-four poems, the poet captures the story of a childhood along with some of the events that went awry.

The literary triptych flows from childhood, to young adult, to maturity with themes of childhood memories to disillusionment, and eventually peace of mind. The series of events and memories are told with a bit of the magic one would expect in Ireland and England. Allusions abound to places with romantic names like South Downs, Brighton, Kensington Gardens, Notting Hill, Maida Vale, Finchley, and Benbulben Mount.

The reader will sense peace of mind in the opening pastoral set in “South Downs.” The poet sets a mystical mood with an image of Dryads who “lean in, anoint me with murmured prayers.” It also contains the first loose feather “amongst the leaves.” “A Celtic Spell” continues the mystic mood with “tales of Celtic lore, of a blackbird’s luck,” and how the blackbird’s good luck brings the speaker’s bad luck.

In an early example, she compares her father to “Paidrag—Who drove the snakes out of Ireland” as she remembers accompanying her father to work the Irish soil. A robin watches keenly for worms, “his song a crystal cataract of merry.” Her father disappears from her life, which makes her believe he must be a saint, but he reappears later at her school bringing books and toys. Her mother promptly transfers her to another school. There, the head nun is not so nice because her mother cannot afford to give her gifts. Evidently, “Paidrag banished more than snakes.”

The poem “Riddles” begs the question why do parents behave in unexplained ways. The question is posed to her father, “How could you let her snatch me from you?” followed by numerous incidents, puzzling to a child, ending with wondering why her parents never smile that way at one another. The first of several sexual allusions appears here in the guise of “the purpose of stamens in flowers” while the disapproving mother “purses citrus lips, slams the door, and flays all life out of the breakfast dishes.”

The poet’s eye for resemblances is illustrated in “Drowning” where the speaker almost drowns at the beach in Brighton and no one notices. The suffocating reminds her of her mother when she scrubs and wrings out a sheet that was stained with blood. One wonders about the bloodstain and why her mother scoured it so brutally. The stain “stubborn as sin” hints at sin, especially since “the blight of that day lingered.”

Several poems offer enough subtle sexual allusion to pique the reader’s interest. Suggestive language in “Under the Bridge” implies a sexual event. This theme is also hinted at in the “Homework” paragraph her father orders her to destroy. “Exodus” addresses the issue of the priest sinning vicariously through the Confessional. This poem leads the reader to question who is guilty here, the young girl who confesses “I slept with him,” or the priest who eagerly asks “exactly what did you do?”   She seems to be tempting the priest, but says her Hail Marys and exits “absolved.”

“Plums” offers the preview of a turning point within the pages. The poet writes of buried words, hopes, and dreams then returns in the last stanza, a woman who exhumes and enjoys her poetry and shares it with the world. “The Only One Who Loves You” begins with leaving home at eighteen in anger and frustration. The speaker packs her bag and sets out to prove she is worthy of love. Several years of searching and wandering take her through some wild and strange times, nights of dancing, music, and musicians. Places and activities like “chanting mantras with Ram Dass in a basement in Notting Hill,” a squat in Maida Vale, crashing in a Highgate commune “spooning marmalade from a jar half-full, recycled from a skip” (British slang for dumpster) reveal an adventurous Bohemian lifestyle. She almost believed herself “deserving of love” near the end when the night her mother dies, she discovers “Love is an ether you can choke or float in.”

After a tumultuous childhood and hippie youth, later poems relate a calmer sense of acceptance. The speaker acknowledges her mother’s love, accepts the mistakes, forgives the pains of childhood and adolescent injuries, but doesn’t forget. The serenity of “Dawn Walk” brings resolution to a more mature speaker. But the calm of the sparkling sea, “mysteries clammed in sand and heart,” sun seeping through the clouds still do not bring peace as the speaker misses a chance meeting with her mother and hurries on. “On Reaching Heaven” portrays a warm memory of her and her mother baking a favorite cake together, the speaker wishing she had dropped by or phoned more often. Peace is found, at last, in the two final poems. First, in the “Refuge” of the wild garden with myriad flowers, “emerald jewel beetles,” and the blackbird, sparrows, woodpecker, and finch the collection is named for. The book ends with a funeral. “Pipe’s Wake” is played with a tin whistle and a “timpani of droplets on the window.”

Castle’s pages will surprise readers with their bluntness, delight with vivid imagery, and sadden with melancholy awareness. The collection, populated with a wide variety of birds, provides purposeful moments of connection. Readers will discover loose feathers for themselves.

For other chapbook reviews, please visit: Previous Chapbook Reviews

Issue 21, Spring 2022

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Copyright 2022 Ryn Holmes

Hello Panoply-o-philes!

Who could imagine the events that presented themselves these last few months, particularly here in the US? Is this a rare compression or the new pace of life? We’ve managed to keep up, but this editor is pondering the depths and capacity of hope and faith. 

We’re hopeful and faithful, though, due to the energy, commitment, and devotion contained here in these pages. Call it love. Sometimes, it’s tough love. Sometimes that is required, all we can muster, all with which we must reply. There’s some tough love contained herein. To that, we say, “Hurrah.” Sustain us all.

During WWII, Churchill was asked to cut funding for the arts. He replied, “Then what are we fighting for?’” Indeed. Read some Camus to learn about resistance and redemption. 

To recognize the tragedy and horror in Ukraine, we’ve included a special section on war and peace, oppressor and oppressed, invasion and resistance. This editor is really impressed by the breadth and scope of the pieces included in the Special Section. They lift off from current events, brutal and dramatic as they are, to the timeless and universal. What  a response!

As always, we thank our contributors and readers. Stay healthy. Make it a great day.

Pray for Ukraine.

Love,
Andrea, Clara, Jeff, and Ryn, Editors

Contents
Coming About – by Alan Perry
Cormorant – by Kathryn Jordan
Driving in Early Winter – by Renee Szostek
The embarrassment of Sierra Escumbre – by Lawrence Hopperton
February Vacation, Ft. Myers, Florida – by Kerry Trautman
The First Sign From My Dead Son – by Melanie Dunbar
The Glittering Girl – by Robert Nisbet
A Gratitude Stone – by Heidi Slettedahl
Horn – by Emma Neale
A Humble Bewilderment of Love – by Nelly Shulman
In the Absence Of Coffee – by George Franklin
In the Dolomites – by Lesley Carnus
Is This One of the Ways to Trap a Butterfly? – by Hedy Habra
jack kerouac goes to the beach – by Louise Kim
Jackpot Romance – by Kevin Ridgeway
Melville’s Whale – by Michael Igoe
The Migratory Bounty of Spring – by Jeannie Roberts
The Morning After – by Ramesh Dohan
Peeling a Tangelo – by Carol Edwards
Pindar – by Januario Esteves
Police Call at Night – by Ann Howells
Return to Florida – by Amanda Valerie Judd
Scaffolders – by Irene Cunningham
Seeing Red – by Simon A. Thalmann
Sonnet on a mote of hope – by William Joel
Stepping Outside My House on Elizabeth Place – by Abby Wheeler
stored in hives – by Corbett Buchly
Traces – by Lynn Lauber
Tyrian Purple – by Jeremy Proehl
Well, she was just seventeen/You know what I mean 2022 – by Lois Bassen
When You’re Done Reading This, I’ll Show You the Real Poem – by Traci McMickle
Who Done It –  by Karla Linn Merrifield
The Woodcutter I Live With – by Katie Kalisz
Worker on a Rainy Saturday – by Mitch Roshannon

Special Section Contents
109 Empty Prams – by Andrea Vasile
And the Wolves in the Factory Paused – by Jon Yungkans
Bamboo Coda – by Jane Rosenberg LaForge
Boundaries – by Holly Guran
Calling the Soul – by Lorraine Caputo
During the Wartime – by Kushal Poddar
an encounter in Fredericton’s Old Burial Grounds (est. 1787) – by Albert Katz
Hopscotch – by Ken Farrell
Indictment – by Harold Ackerman
Ma’s Green Coat – by Lily Prigioniero
Mizocz Ghetto, October, 1942 – by Ken Meisel
Resistance – by Emily-Sue Sloane
The soul eater comes with no strap or boots, his fists tucked in his pockets – by Heather Haigh
Survived – by Toti O’Brien
What I Saw When Looking for my Bones at Lekki – by Ololade Akinlabi

Issue 20, Winter 2022

Issue 20 Masthead

Artwork copyright Ryn Holmes 2022

How time flies! Internally, we’re marveling at our milestone of 20 issues. Issue 21 will complete our seventh year, quite a journey that began with outdoor coffee at dusk. Not quite a garage band or a garage business, but you get the idea!

2021 brought a great deal of personal disruption to this Team. (Join the club, right?) We’re fortunate to have each other and to be able to share the wonders laid before us. When physics hurts, go for metaphysics.

Issue 20 ushers in  two poems about grief, two from women named Roberta and two from women named Chris, a Christmas ditty and a New Year’s welcome, high school memories, some very short pieces, some very long ones, artistic allusions galore, and more to delight and inspire.

As always, thank you submitters, contributors, readers, and benefactors. We derive great satisfaction from our little place in this expanding world of the written word and hope you do as well.

Let’s make it a great year!

Love,
Andrea, Jeff, and Ryn, Editors

Contents
#1 Poetoum – Laurie Byro
After Discovering Mother’s Passport – Tina Barry
After “Landscape and Jacaranda,”– Peter Mitchell
All Songs – Barry Peters
All Those Wildflowers – Renee Cronley
At the Back Fence – Karen Loeb
Before This, The Occaneechi – Maura High
Between Being and Not Being – Matthew Friday
Between the Moon and Me – William Reichard
Black Stones – Steve Gerson
Capnomancy – Chris Armstrong
Childhood Never Happens Again – Ryan Quinn Flanagan
Commentary  L. Ward Abel
Diners – Rachel R. Baum
The First Stage of Grief – Jane Snyder
Grief
Gust – JC Niala
Happy New Year, San Miguel de Allende – John Milkereit
Indecent Exposure – Roberta Schultz
Jeanne d’Arc of the Suburbs – Laura Jan Shore
Kayak – Katherine Gotthardt
The Keepsake Diner – Don Pomerantz
Kinship – Chris Wood
La Mer – Roberta Brown
The Leaf Blowers – Judy Bolton-Fasman
The Lure – by Andrew Jeter
Math Game – Don Noel
Maundy Thursday – Emily Rose Proctor
Morningtide – Diana Dinverno
Musing On Auguste and William – Sharon Berg
A Nickel Short of Heaven – Audrey Howitt
Our Dalliance: Elegy – Linda Jackson Collins
Pandemic Barbie – Dustin Brookshire
Rivals – Charles Rammelkamp
Rural Sonnet – Paul Ilechko
Sand – Alicia Viguer-Espert
Sea Chanteys – Ann Howells
Seeing Life for What It Is – Jeannie Roberts
Sergei’s Hands – Jack Ritter
she had wine with gertrude stein’s widow – Connie Carmichael
Sitting in Bathwater at 1 am – John Casquarelli
Sometimes I Wonder – Scott Ferry
Swam with a whale shark again in 2021 – Sha Huang
Tables of Content – Bruce Robinson
Themes Unbecoming – Victor Pambuccian
Those Dead Shrimp Blues – Charlotte Hamrick
To the Boy with the Golden Hair – Ellen Austin-Li
To Our Executor (first draft) – Tom Barlow
Tonight is the Night I Break Jimmy Taylor’s Poor Heart – Francine Witte
Unexpected Epiphany – Marcelo Medone
A Visit from “The Florida Flash” – Karla Linn Merrifield
Was I Born Hollow – Stephen Douglas Wright
Whisky Hourglass – Hugh Anderson

Issue 19, Summer 2021

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Photo by Ryn Holmes, Copyright 2021.

Welcome to Issue 19! We’re pleased to bring you more of the contemplations, wonders, journeys, and time travels of our fine contributors. This summer has been one of tumult and disruption for us here at Panoply, but our submitters’ dedication to the craft buoys us. We hope it propels you into a fine autumn! Stay safe and healthy, everyone.

Love,

Andrea, Jeff, and Ryn, Editors

Contents

Advice to a Wayward Girl – Barbra Nightingale
The Awakening of Hula – Lisa Creech Bledsoe
Bluegrass Baby – Mary Beth Hines
Breathe – Nate Maxson
Buttermilk and Popcorn – Carol Ellis
Class of Rebels – Linda C. Wisniewski
Cross Chest Carry – Roberta Schultz
Damaged Lily – Morgan Boyer
Evening With Lines From Whitman – Hilary Sallick
Every Condo in Toronto – Cole McInerney
For the First Time in 200 Years, a New Blue Pigment is Up for Sale – Lenny DellaRocca
A Grown City – Purbasha Roy
How the Light Escapes Us – Thomas Allbaugh
I Miss Philadelphia – Robert Beveridge
I Wish I Understood Love  George Franklin
In the Blood – Michael Minassian
The Lost Hotel – Steve Klepetar
Meeting the Dire Wolf – Dana Sonnenschein
Night, Old Poet – John Riley
November –John Hart
Now, Then, Later – Margo Davis
Or Rather There Are No Lines in the Time – Jonathan Yungkans
Out of the Park – Daniel Edward Moore
Questioners – Abdulrosheed Fasasi
The Ranger – Robert Nisbet
Requiem for Twenty-Twenty – S.B. Merrow
Saturday – Michael Steffen
Sick of Love – John Grey
Spy Story – James Walton
The Stables on Solly Avenue – Mary Rohrer-Dann
Take Shelter – Akua Lezli Hope
That’s where it ends, the book – Samn Stockwell
Those big-boned, black-haired country boys – Pauletta Hansel
Towards a Nebulous Sun – Lorraine Caputo
A Tragedy’s Brewing – Susan Sonde
Two Girls From Queens Go To Manhattan – Faith Paulsen
Uncharted – Jan Seagrave
The Vulture – Max Heinegg
We Didn’t Cross the Ocean – Mary Anna Scenga Kruch
You ache for something you cannot name – Babo Kamel

Issue 18, Feast-Themed Contest, Spring-Summer, 2021

© 2021 Ryn Holmes

Hello Panoply World!

In this semi-post-Covid world, we’re pleased to share the results of our second biennial contest! Our theme was “Feast,” with a lovely and energizing variety of facets to that stone. Remarkably, on this comparatively short list of pieces, we have two dealing with Russian culture. We’re also pleased to share a piece of bona fide cowboy poetry from a bona fide cowboy poet! Pardon the disproportionate sidebar, but we encourage you to explore cowboy poetry. You might be surprised by the craft but also by the voice, perspective, and subject matter. Whatever your taste, we hope you enjoy Issue 18! We extend our heartiest thanks to all submitters and contributors and especially shout out to our contest winners, Pete Mackey, Issa M. Lewis, and Gabrielle Langley.

Issue 19 is planned for early September, with our Call for Submissions due out July-ish. Don’t forget about our weekly Editors’ Choice videos, the first of which is planned for May 21.

Stay healthy. Keep reading and writing!

All our love,
Andrea, Jeff, and Ryn, Editors

 

Contest Winners
First Place: Silence – Pete Mackey
Second Place (tie): The Juiciest Pear – Issa M. Lewis and Russian Novel – Gabrielle Langley

Additional Pieces
The Bells of St. Mary’s – Mark Madigan
Beside – Susan Kay Anderson
Bubbe and the Snow Maiden, Vitebsk, 1903 – Mikki Aronoff
A Celtic Spell – Pratibha Castle
Dinner Parties – Rosanne Ehrlich
Eating the Heifer – Sean Sexton
The Eternal Mother – Vanessa Watters
Fat Family – Robert Nisbet
Fire and Ice – Alexis Rhone Fancher
First Holy Communion – Mary Leonard
Georgia O’Keeffe’s Summer Days, 1936 – Karen George
In My Mother’s Kitchen – Marianne Forman
Like Fingers – Britton Pontoux
My Blue Heaven – Katherine Nelson-Born
November Seeds – Karla Linn Merrifield
sacrificed into residue – Perla Kantarjian
Safe House – Ysabel de la Rosa
Silver Links – Annette Sisson
Stalk Talk – Jennifer Maloney
We All Bought Tickets to the Allusion – Jonathan Yungkans
Why I Leave the States – Bonnie Jill Emanuel

 

Issue 17 – Winter 2021

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Artwork © Ryn Holmes, 2020

Wait, what? 2021?

Congratulations, you made it. But let’s not fool ourselves that a page-turning is alchemy …

No matter the date or circumstances, we love to bring you “a wide array of fine writing.” We do notice incidental motifs in our submissions. This time, it’s insects and long, winding sentences. Of course, there are plenty of other fine works of all types included!

As always, we thank our contributors for favoring us with their talents. (You’ll notice more than one debut writer this time!) And of course, we thank you, readers, for spending a little time here. We hope you continue to find this publication uplifting and enriching.

All our best for a fine year!

Andrea, Jeff, and Ryn, Editors

Contents
1997Tony Gloeggler
Aphrodite and MarsJakub Svanda
Argyle ForestC.B. Crenshaw
AwakeningStephanie L. Harper
but i am only fiercely dreamingPerla Kantarjian
Celestial NavigationDiana Dinverno
The Child BornVirginia Laurie
climb, fall, sober-upKelli Allen
Creatures in the Last HourJulia Watson
The Depth of WaterMarsha Lewis
Every Dream Holds a MeaningSophie Aay
FirefliesMoinak Dutta
First ArtistsKelly DuMar
First FlightNathan McMullen
For Me and For Greta GerwigNaomi Hurley
Heisenberg in the SuburbsGeorge Franklin
Her Face Streaked with TearsZvi Sesling
hesperides – Kolbe Riney
HimselfStephen Ground
Homeless  – Sekhar Banerjee
the hour beforeMike Jurkovic
I Am Not Writing About the Rose, I Am Making it Bloom in the PaperJohn Milkereit
In His DreamAnn Howells
InventoryStacie Kiner
KulturaustauschSean Kelbley
‘Merica the InsidiousMike L. Nichols
Pairing MantidsPaul Jones
PaperHugh Anderson
Path of the DragonflyMarc Janssen
A Published Poet’s ListRha Arayal
The Rabbit Looks AwayIssa M. Lewis
Rainbow ConnectionJaelyn Singleton
The ReceptionLeonard Temme
Red DressKatie Mcilroy
RiverMallory Kellum
Ryou-Un MaruJoseph E. Arechavala
The Simian LineJoanne Clarkson
SorrowBruce Meyer
SpiderRobert Okaji
SplitFrancine Witte
Sweet RetreatEmily Jacko
TableCatherine Arra
Tea As Indicator for WeatherLenny DellaRocca
TragedySheree LaPuma
TwilightMakenna Dillon
Where To Find My BodyCleo-Paulo Valentino
White TulipsCarter Vance
The WriterKelsey Hontz
Year of FirstsJoseph Kerschbaum
You Tell Me It’s the Worst Album EverKate LaDew
You Must Share the Secret of Eternal Life With Someone You LoveSandra Cimadori
Zen ShirtJoseph Hardy

Issue 16, Summer – Autumn, 2020

Issue 16 Masthead ArtPhoto courtesy of and copyright ©2020 Ryn Holmes.

Welcome to Issue 16! We hope you have remained hale and healthy through this crazy time of year. Loaded with verbal endorphins, this issue should help you maintain your artistic and spiritual health. 

One thing we continue to learn is how permanent art is in our lives. Sometimes we overlook it; sometimes we misunderstand it; sometimes it moves us profoundly. With all the basic underpinnings of art and the human condition, expressions change, formats change, and so on. But what lies beneath the white spaces, the compositions, the rhythms and contours, is that eternal element of what it means to be alive. 

So whether today finds you up or down, ecstatic or forlorn, attentive or distracted, remember that the world of art, of human expression and interpretation, with all its crazy mutations and side tracks, will be with you always. 

Here’s a tiny utterance among the eternal voice, with thanks to our contributors, whose words breathe life into our days. 

Make it a great day. Stay healthy!

Best wishes,
Andrea, Jeff, and Ryn

 

Contents

#11Ann Pedone
After Crossing the International Date LineK Roberts
As Kids Back Home –  Mark Madigan
Barroom Dust –  Ana M. Fores Tamayo
Bell the CatEmalee Long
BuckboardMary Anna Kruch
Calendar Pages YellowingSteve Gerson
Can You Download Whatsapp So We Can Text While I’m HereJimmy Fay
Cleaning Helga’s GraveKevin Ridgeway
Cream No SugarMichael Estabrook
Cyclic ConvulsionsCasey Roland
DawnlessnessNancy K. Jentsch
DramaEdward Kos
EulogyJoel Fishbane
Fall DinnerMartina Reisz Newberry
Father’s Foreign CarsGabrielle Grilli
FissureSyd Shaw
Grandma’s SongIrene Fick
The High PriestessSherre Vernon
His words are plumpSabina Khan-Ibarra
The History of EmptinessJack Ritter
I love what you did with your eyelinerSambhranta Bashy
I Went WestBen Mast
In the occasional contact with lifeM. Ait Ali
JeromeSally Vogl
JiM “80”Max Heinegg
Let My People GoMark Hammerschick
Letter to My Iranian LoverAlicia Viguer-Espert
Marvelling Upon Your Rouge Halo –  Andrew LaFleche
Melody in Shades of BlueSophie Foster
moonlit eveVictor Pambuccian
My dead father visits me on my birthday every yearScott Ferry
My Window (Champaign, Illinois)Gerald Friedman
Network OpportunityTobi Alfier
No EscapeElya Braden
Old Man Winter on the MarshStephen Scott Whitaker
On Reading “Skeleton Keys” by Brian SwitekRoberta Schultz
One hundred dollarsMichael Griffith
Orpheus Calls Their BluffJulian George
PenitenceBrigidh Duffey
PorcupineDave Gregory
post newtonianAlan Gann
Prowl Me GentlySarah Pobuda
Robot FactoryPatrick T. Reardon
Sack and HammerKristin Fullerton
The Sermon: First Baptist, 1988James Miller
Solanaceae BattlesFrank Babcock
SoundtrackGena Killion
StealingMichele Randall
This Flag Is Not Waving Jack Mackey
Tongues of FireAnn Howells
Unwilling/Vacillating/WaitingScott Wiggerman
We could use poems right nowHari Bhajan Khalsa
What Are You Glittering About? –  Marianne Lyon
What the Breeze Brings –  Steven Deutsch
Writing NightRobert Nisbet
The Winding Road of Sunshine and SnowDaniel Paton

 

 

Issue 15, Spring 2020, “Paper” Theme

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Photo courtesy of Ryn Holmes. © 2020 Ryn Holmes.

Welcome spring! And welcome to Issue 15. Our theme for this issue is “Paper.” We encountered some lovely, expansive interpretations which we hope you’ll enjoy. While the world is abuzz with constraint and restraint, we hope this respite rejuvenates your spirit and lessens any burden you bear.

Once again, we tout the artistry of Editor Ryn Holmes, whose original photography graces our masthead. Pretty inventive and quite original!

It’s been a strange spring. We do hope this finds you healthy and fit, in all senses of the words. Some of us are facing difficult circumstances. We send what we can: our deep love and support. Take your solace, faith, and hope where you can find it and make it. We look forward to seeing you again for Issue 16 and beyond. 

As always, we thank our readers and contributors. Peace to you.

Stay healthy.

Andrea, Jeff, and Ryn, Editors

Contents
Anonymous – Pavle Radonic
Aphasia – Anna Winham
Armchair Tourist – Sandy Deutscher
Body Memory – Karen George
Censoring Letters Home – Jim Ross
Cleaning House for Mother and Me – Karen Mandell
Future Textbooks – Warren Woods
The Grey Heron – Mark Heathcote
A Heads-Up Dream for Peace – Mark Blickley
I am – Mandira Pattnaik
In the Wind – Hugh Anderson
Inheritance – Dorian Kotsiopoulos
A Lesson in Colors – Kimberly Williams
Making Books at Hull House – Cynthia Gallaher
Making Do – Michele Waering
My First Poem, Age 12, For Sharon – Steve Gerson
My Mother Reads the Obituaries Out Loud – Susan Barry-Schulz
Nakamura Lock – Rich Renner
Ode to the Tree – Deonte Osayande
On Reading the Sky Between Essays – Vivian Wagner
On transcience – (Rizla™) – Henry Bladon
Paper Skin – Alan C. Smith
A Poet Reads on Instagram – Aileen Bassis
The Poet’s Writing Shed – Robert Nisbet
Polish Dining Ring – A Msou
Précis – Betsy Mars
Prosthetics – Brian Rihlmann
Sharing My Canoe – William Doreski
Snail Girl – Chuka Susan Chesney
Spaghetti – Samn Stockwell
Thin Sheaf – Susan Tepper
Tit for Tat – Lindsey Heatherly
Uncharted Waters – Christine Rhein
Underneath Your Sleeve Sketches – Roz Weaver
Uproot the Hobbling Magic – Hibah Shabkhez
Venus Did What? – Karla Linn Merrifield
Weeks of Repetition – Sudanshu Chopra
Writing Space – Angela Weiser
Yellow Wallpaper* – Holly Van Hare