Poem – MY COUNTRY SIDE (By Akeredolu Tope)

MY COUNTRY SIDE {Where old misty mountains adorn the sphere competing with the sky in height and glory and boisterous antelope’s race and hide behind the shrubs from *ogún’s intrusion} ~Akeredolu Tope My country side Where unruly old vultures scavenge on hot excrement Threatening even the carriers Of the meal, the happy children Pouring out yesterday’s fill                         My country […]

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Poem – NG (By John Stanizzi)

NG NG21028982 – My National Guard Service Number 1967     I remember from an early age that when she wasn’t cursing, my mother chose NG – the car was NG, NG the refrigerator, my father, and me. And so in ’67, when fear and guilt masqueraded as angry conscience, and I managed to finagle my way out of the […]

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Poem – Insignificance (By Robert Ronnow)

Insignificance Late in life I struggle against my insignificance When I should enjoy the freedom from performance before an audience. Applause is happiness but if they withhold applause, embarrassment. When Da Liu put me to work crunching hexagrams and spreadsheet numerology Instead of ghost writing his books about T’ai Chi for longevity I was humiliated but freed. No need to […]

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Poem – Ballet Over The Border (By Donal Mahoney)

  Every summer they come, a ballet over the border, without papers, a mass migration of   ruby-throat hummers, beautiful birds that devour millions of flies in North America,   birds we welcome because we love their beauty and their ballet. We do everything to help them,   hanging and cleaning feeders of nectar to plump them up so they can feast on flies until October when   they have […]

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Poem – OPHELIA’S BLUES (By John Biscello)

Ophelia’s Blues (By John Biscello)   her sad sea-green dress, an epitaph, rippling quietly, as if in a dream. the small history of a fresh wraith, white fingers forever separating the bones from the silt.   Originally from Brooklyn, NY, author, poet and playwright, John Biscello, has lived in Taos, New Mexico for the past thirteen years. He is the author […]

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Poem – Underwater Ballet (By David Russell)

Underwater Ballet In the wistful – drowning; All dreamers hold their breath; Floating balloon Rests full in blister world before the land.   Slippery between skin and scales, Drawn throbbing from the gilled; Great tuna from crustaceans postulated, Anemones new-boned; Parallel concert writhe Curls double joints.   Flippers of androgyny Erected supple   Thighs hoisted angular Lungs ultra-blown;   Last […]

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Poem – By Simon Perchik

  Embedded and this statue still tightening its grip tries to revive the horse expects its crumbling reins to smell from leather and crowding –you squint   the way the general looks for a small thing encased in a season exactly where he left it   waits in the rain for your black umbrella to open make room for you […]

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