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November 2008 Issue VIII:4

Poems

 



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    bruising the moon
shreds of Hiroshima
     bleeding into silence
     turtles on a log
making no speeches
       world peace
         in tears
a slug leaving lettuce
       at dawn
 
William M. Ramsey

 

 

 

whales gather
at dusk
to sing
  atoms
made of
concrete
Dick Whyte

 

 

 

shrine gate
end of
dream

 
Oceanglass

 

in green times confident of doing good work
lovers i whisper to the dictaphone
expecting the baby to have a womb
John Stevenson

 

 

 

staggered by a gut bug
I step into the medicine's
heavy punch

 

we sail the night
roof creaking above us
spread to the wind
William Hart

 

 

 

 
“not animal-shaped,
the mounds of Suburbia appear
to be fortifications”
 
Michael Nickels-Wisdom

 

 

 

her broken soul
surrounded
by logic

   

   accidental orchard: I am found

Mike Dillon

 

 

 

massive clouds
dwarfing my
resolve
  dear cloud
what were you before
yesterday's bones
blue wolves are howling grapefruit orange . . .
baby beans racing moonlight . . .
the midnight shadows looking cold buddha stories . . .
poe, you will be pleased to hear, is now in perfect health . . .
Tyler Pruett

 

 

 

  Shall I harvest the garden in your veins
How wide is the trying :: between the rose and the sea
The book should be the last :: poem, lifted from the grass
The eggshell is asleep in my hands :: long before spring
May your voice be the ropes I am lowered on  
Grant Hackett

 

 

 

 

snow on mars tonight earth's flaming arrow

 
Helen Buckingham

 

 

 

i stuff the thunderstorm
inside a cicada shell
that's been around the world
  under its green wing
every single creation
story

 

infringing
on the dunes
   mercenary's smile
 
lakes
& now wolves
entering Pegasus
  like a mosquito
or an old empire
city night
Nucleolus

 

 

 

touch-me-nots begin the takeover role of orange
carbon-eating poem evaporates
some of his limbs and mind returned
haiku of my photograph photograph of my haiku
the heat somebody else can do whatever it is
marlene mountain

 

 

 

 

winter wind through
fistholes in the walls
small naked sounds

 
Joanne Merriam

 

 

 

two-dimensional wise men across the pulp mill roof

 

dark seed pods
rattle
the Judas tree

 
   
ground ivy flowering the small blue earth
Peggy Willis Lyles

 

 

 

fox mask :: what have
you become
cracked vessel :: an octopus crawls out of
low tide
in these old clothes :: i am the falling leaves
and their shadows
earth :: scale

 

 

granite hills
under bracken
a deer's red heart
  falling star
a starshaped space
miscarriage
in his black hair the bones of old prayers
  at the burial -
a wasp reminds me
of last night's dream
 
Clare McCotter

 

 

the weight of the moon the relief of the moon

 



 

arms spread wide–
this sun
could eat me

Dana Duclo


 

i did it for love asteroid hurtles
 

the words
rise in the solar wind
line breaks

 

the pines--their scent, their sound . . .
their fallen measures
of time

 

on my back
in the freshly-cut grass . . .
a blue horse

George Swede

 

 

   
a far off wind
but where are you
listening
 
we come
here: beneath the waves
the rest of the ocean
 
coming out of
a hard house
the flowering dawn
   

Peter Yovu

 

 

on streets with no names, numbered crash-sites
the ocean's
         algorithms . . .
a few loose strands of hair
in a windowless world       seeking osmosis

(with a phrase by Jim McKay)

sturplus
Philip Rowland

 

 

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