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Submission Page Details (Voices against Silence)
In a world where the shadows of gender abuse cast long and oppressive lines, the voices of the silenced often go unheard. "Voices Against Silence" seeks to bring these stories into the light, inviting writers to contribute their narratives, poems, essays, and artworks that delve into the multifaceted issue of gender abuse, with a particular focus on abuses against women.

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Through the Eye of the Beholder: A Call for Diverse Voices on Climate Change
In 2024, The LinnetFs Wings embarks on an exploratory journey, delving into one of the most pressing and multifaceted issues of our time: climate change. But this is not just about the scientific discourse or the policy debates; itFs about personal narratives, creative reflections, and diverse interpretations. ItFs about seeing this global challenge "through the eye of the beholder."

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"Meditation on the View from the Bell Tower, DUMC" by Anne Britting Oleson is a beautifully contemplative poem that paints a vivid picture of the landscape as seen from a specific vantage point, possibly a church's bell tower. The poem invites readers into a serene, almost ethereal experience of observing the natural world.

"Uncle Joe" by Stan Long is a poignant reflection on the connections between family, nature, and the sense of freedom and identity that transcends generations. Through the simple yet evocative setting of Joe's dovecote, the poem weaves a narrative of heritage, understanding, and the unspoken bonds that define our relationships.

"At Gardermoen" by John Saunders is a vivid exploration of cultural convergence and the complexities of identity in a globalized world. Through the lens of an airport sushi counter in Norway, the poem navigates the juxtaposition of Scandinavian and Japanese cultures, blending the elements of both in a setting that is at once familiar and foreign.

John Saunders' poem "Descent" paints a vivid scene of reflection and introspection juxtaposed against the backdrop of a flight over the North Sea. The narrator, in a moment of vulnerability, finds themselves "Drunk at thirty five thousand feet" not just in the literal sense of altitude and alcohol consumption but perhaps also metaphorically, as they navigate through the layers of their thoughts and emotions.

The Builders" by John Saunders is a beautifully poignant poem that metaphorically uses the process of building and construction to explore the evolution of a relationship. This piece illustrates the journey from the initial infatuation, marked by tenderness and intimacy, towards a phase where the relationship becomes more stable and secure, albeit at the risk of losing its initial spark and passion.


Poetry: Joslin, Blossom, LShok

Oonah V. Joslin's tankas offer our readers a poetic glimpses into love, nature, and life's fleeting moments. Each verse weaves emotions and memories, revealing the beauty in the mundane and the eternal dance of change. Dive into a world where words paint lasting impressions on the heart and mind.





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"Very Warm for March" beautifully intertwines the awakening of the natural world with the awakening of human desires and connections. Blossom's use of imagery and intimate details creates a piece that resonates with the joy of early spring and the timeless nature of love.

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The poem invites readers to reflect on the nature of sibling relationships, the process of mourning, and the search for meaning in the face of mortality. Through its exploration of these themes, "Red Rewind" speaks to the universal experience of grappling with the complexities of love, loss, and the human condition.




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Dark Snow by Linda Shok is a narrative that seems to revel in contrasts: the tangible with the abstract, the domestic with the natural, and the intimate with the expansive. The prose is rich with metaphor and imagery, suggesting a deep undercurrent of emotion and longing beneath the surface of everyday actions.

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Unexpected Faith by Ivy Page

Funeral by Ivy Page

Pine Siskin by Beate Sigriddaughter

You go Home Again by Ian C. Smith

Washing Spinach by Emily Green

Christmas is Navidad by Diana Ferraro

"The Woman, The Writer" by Carmen Tudor

I Agree With William Blake by Nonnie Augustine

I Agree with William Blake by Nonnie Augustine

The Bellwether
by Oscar Windsor Smith

The Boy with the Golden Ring
by Tom Sheehan

Dune Grass
by Rose Ostrum



Poets: Eccles, Murray. Long, Dallingan

Flask Against the Stone

on this scarlet night
the mountain aflame
forest life screams in the air
terrified creatures
bolting everywhere

my heart bums
with their fear a shard of
glass reflected the sun rays
created this firestorm day

why is the drunkard
not here to behold
the flare of his flask
thrown against stone




Won't You Please Stand Up

Won't you please look up
to where that young girl
looks down hoping you'll
overlook weathered shoes?
You'll cross through the crowd,
through the breakers of dancers
to say she's the one that
you choose.

Won't you please stand up
and shake the shivered nerve
endings, into magnetic sounds
that young love understands?
She will know each new step.
She will sense your arrival.
She will reach out and lend you
her hand.

Won't you please step out,
through your young fellow dancers?
Lay her head to your shoulder,
hands gently in line.
You don't touch the floor
by means that escape you
as you'11 move in three
quarter time.


Won't you please stand up
and grant me my pardon,
as I leave you young men
so awkward you see?
My best hope's to hope
on your east-rising of manhood
that you'll be better dancers
than me.

-- 2008 Murray

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All our Years

She leaves softly
the bed she makes for me,
sets the house in order before I wake.

On the table
places my meal without fuss,
tendering to me
as a good wife will.

Our needs met in order
as they rise,
she to mine and I to hers.
Those kindnesses

and all our years crush
to one moment
when her life goes out,
stops on the page.

In memoriam, sheets lie
crumpled
the table is not set
and flowers go dry
in the vase.




Island by Mark Dallingan


No breaking news
sky, sea and rock,
my islands meteorology.

No highway noise
but tidal ebb and flow,
for soft white sound.

No crowded streets
but rock pools brimming
with mussel, crab and shrimp.

-2008-Dalligan

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Poetry: Sheehan, Needham, Lothrigel

"Derryside Confessional" by Tom Sheehan is a rich and evocative poem that paints a vivid picture of the complexities of youth, war, and desire.

"Broken Dream" is a beautifully crafted piece, weaving together elements of nature, history, and human experience, creating a tapestry of imagery that is both poignant and enchanting."

"Butterfly Caught" is a thoughtful meditation on the themes of life, death, and the natural world, capturing the beauty and sorrow inherent in these cycles.

Classic Story: Stein, Conrad

Tender Buttons




Salad Dressing and an Artichoke

1914

It was please it was please carriage cup in an ice-cream, in an ice-cream it was too bended bended with scissors and all this time. A whole is inside a part, a part does go away, a hole is red leaf. No choice was where there was and a second and a second.

CAKE: Cake cast in went to be and needles wine needles are such.

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Narcissus




A work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line. And art itself may be defined as a single-minded attempt to render the highest kind of justice to the visible universe, by bringing to light the truth, manifold and one, underlying its every aspect. It is an attempt to find in its forms, in its colours, in its light, in its shadows, in the aspects of matter and in the facts of life, what of each is fundamental, what is enduring and essential -- their one illuminating and convincing quality -- the very truth of their existence.

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Winter Poems:

Nonnie Augustine

Jim Boring

Marie Fitzpatrick

Maureen Wilkenson

Artists and Web Galleries

Judith A. Lawrence

Lisa J. Cihlar

Falling Pearls

Cold Cast by Claire Cotter

But Now I Must Sleep! by Margaret Kerswel

Beautiful Films by Stephen Zelnick

Essay and Short Stories

Stephen Zelnick

Alexander Lang

Peter Vilbig

Nonnie Augustine: Harry's Bar

Martin Heavisides:Peter Barnes (1931-2004)

Mari Fitzpatrick: Love Said

Russell Bittner: Aubade to Marit Haahr

Potluck: Christmas Poetry, Fuller, Norman, Luckins, Hitchcock

Muldaddie

Weaving Dreams

Persephone

Blue Walls

Short Fiction from: Long, Bernbaum, Joy Taylor, Wilkenson

The High Tops

Marty-s Career

Daffodils in a Blue Vase

Trio

Occupying Space: Joyce Mintz, Heavisides, Martin-Wood, Stokes

The Little Prisoners

Wabi Songs

The Pugilist

Stewart

Reflections: Charles, Haig, West, (Classic) Alcott, Louisa May

A Change of Life by Peter Charles

Hearing Dogs by Liz Haig

Fear and Loathing in Southwark by Bill West

Gingerbread, An Everyday Poem

"Paid to Dance" captures the complex emotions and experiences of a young artist navigating the precarious balance between passion and practicality, dreams and reality, in the bustling metropolis of New York City.

"The Cleaner" captures the complexity of human emotions and the universal desire for validation and fulfillment, even in the most mundane of tasks.

It's a touching portrayal of the complexities of relationships and the beauty found in moments of vulnerability.


Illustrations by D Capobianco -- Story by Heavisides, Sexton, Nero and Zelnick

A Box of Books Balling

Beatrices Behemoth is Bothersome and Backbreaking

Falling Man

Filburt Gets his Formula Half Right

Sheehan, Brown/Collins, Mahony. Cihlar

A Toast to Skink by Tom Sheehan

In Conversation: Ramon Collins and Randall Brown

In Break Formations by Donal Mahoney

So We Decided to Keep by Lisa Cihlar

Wandering Stars:: Walters, Tomlin Jr,. Norton

Ann Walters

Wendell Tomlin, Jr

Ann Walters

Nancy Norton

Exiting the Tesco Express: Hatfield, (Classic, Fitzgerald) Nero and Johnson

The Jaguar XF

Head and Shoulders

The Naked Line

Putting the Real in the Virtual

Fiction: Cadwallader, West and Art Gallery

Thunderhead

He loaded her clothes into the washer, those he could find. They were scattered everywhere, in the bottom of closets, balled up under the bed, tossed on the basement floor and yellowed with cat piss. He'd wash and fold them , put them in boxes

Treasures at my Feet

The door bell chimed. I opened the door. Flat-iron air swirled in. A boy with blond hair, his chin flecked with stubble. He held out a green coconut pierced with a plastic straw. I took the straw in my mouth and sucked up sweet coconut water. It felt good

Poetry: Clarke, Johnson, Locke

A Workhorse Of A Different Colour

Berenika

Yang Chu's Poem 86

Shields, Joy-Taylor Managan, Joslin

"Community Property" by Marie Shield presents a riveting tale that navigates through the complexities of domestic turmoil, social facades, and personal liberation against a backdrop of a seemingly idyllic suburban life. The story adeptly portrays the dichotomy between the public and private personas of individuals within a marital relationship, revealing the often hidden turmoil that can exist beneath the surface of a seemingly perfect life.

"Daffodils in a Blue Vase" by Beverly Joy Taylor is a vivid and emotionally charged narrative that explores themes of domestic abuse, the complexities of love and dependency, and the subtle ways in which individuals cope with trauma. It's a poignant piece that balances the harsh realities of Renata's life with moments of beauty and reflection,

"The Boy" by Yvette Managan is a rich narrative that touches on themes of childhood innocence, the dynamics of family life, and the exploration of imagination and freedom. Through the lens of MickeyFs experiences, the story captures the essence of growing up, the tension between responsibility and the desire for adventure, and the unconditional love that families often navigate.

"Champ" by Oonah Joslin is a vivid and loving homage to a traditional Irish dish that goes beyond mere food to touch upon themes of family, economy, and cultural identity. Through the detailed and sensory-rich narrative, Joslin not only describes the meticulous process of preparing champ but also imbues it with a sense of heritage and familial love.


Dog Days of Christmas by Marie Shields

Click through for our Yule Photography and Art 2008

Writes: Bittner, ZoBell, Creith

Russell Bittner's "Aubade to Marit Haahr" is a deeply evocative and complex poem that engages with themes of love, desire, nature, and cosmic imagery to explore the nuances of human emotion and connection.

ZoBell carefully balances the external observations of family interactions with the internal reflections of her characters, creating a multi-layered story that resonates with themes of acceptance, the search for belonging, and the enduring bonds of family regardless of differences.

This story not only entertains but also invites reflection on the ways in which folklore and mythology inform our understanding of the world and ourselves. It is a reminder of the magic that exists at the edges of reality, waiting to be discovered by those who are open to the wonders of the world.


Strait, Carey, Beaumont, Heavisides, Mascarino

Quislings by Lauran Strait

Between Breaths by Donia Carey

The New Man by Digby Beaumont

I Am Being Everybody They Cried: Peter Barnes by Martin Heavisides

A Los Angeles Friend by Pierrino Mascarino

Grace Murray, JIm Murdock, Paul Murray, Mark Dalligan, Mila Chutz Gernon

Flotation Tank

Reading into Things

There Used To Be A River Here

The Station

Waters Rising


One Too Many Mornings by Kyle Hemmings

Barbary Dove by Sergio Ortiz

The Music Box by Stan Long

Wild Strawberries by Lisa Cihlar

Stewart by Kristi Stokes

Millefiori
by S.P. Flannery

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Ticks
by S.P Flannery

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Editing My Ex Lover's Digital Face in Photoshop
by Richard Fein

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Another Taste
by George Bishop

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Poetry: Scully, Thomas, Jacobson

Colm Scully's work often delves into themes of memory, place, and the human experience, and "A Poem Remembered" is a beautiful representation of these themes.

The Goatherd’s Fingers" is a masterful piece that uses detailed and evocative imagery to depict the life of a goatherd in a way that is both realistic and poetic.

Ocean's Alive is a perfect blend of nature's might and delicate balance, the poetry encapsulates the essence of the image in rich, immersive colors.

Barry, Nero, Reese

Bird Watching

The Abyss of Human Illusion

Sometimes

Nuts: Cihlar, Ray, Berg and Claffey

Rest Stop

He is the gravedigger, up at dawnlight, whetstone sharpened spade in hand, ready to burrow meter by yard.

Plucked and Scrambled

The morning after, he’s knocking my bird-nest head against the headboard before I can scrape the egg-whites from my eyelids.

Bill on the Hill

Wrapped in winter wool, the neighborhood kids seemed strangers. They hauled sleds up the sparkling hill and glided down.

Bed-Making

I had a twin once, a firehaired sister who knew my thoughts before they formed on my lips as crude expressions of desire.

Archive 2009: Spring, Summer, Fall

Spring '09

Summer '09

Fall '09

Yule '09

Poetry: Maclin, Fitzpatrick, Orel

Stargazer by Stephanie Maclin

Damsel by Stephanie Maclin

A Man who Drank by Marie Fitzpatrick

Postcard from Paris by Brigita Orel


Poetry by Tyler Bigney

The poem beautifully conveys the idea of finding contentment in being disconnected from the world and oneself, even if just for a moment.

"Iran" by Tyler Bigney captures a moment of introspection and apprehension, inviting the reader to contemplate themes of fear, longing, and the desire for escape amidst a backdrop of uncertainty and danger.

"Without Us" captures a snapshot of human connection amidst the passage of time and the distractions of daily life. It highlights the beauty and significance of shared moments, however fleeting they may be.

Boys of the Playground by Cyndi Gacosta

Texting by Anita S. Pulier

Nevertheless by Davide Trame

The Corporate Current by Gloria Manuilova


2009 Art and Photo Galleries

Summer 2009 Photo and Art Archive

Fall 2009 Photo and Art Archive

Spring 2009 Photo Archive


Heaton and Gallagher

Bring Me My Sheaves by Kevin Heaton

Country Doctor by Kevin Heaton

Take Off by Michael Gallagher

Warbler by Michael Gallagher

Classic: Irving and Rackham

Little Britain by Washing Irving

Classic Rackham



Classic: The Swan Song by Anton Chekov

Gallery Archive
Images: Russell Bittner
Carol Mannheim
Mari Fitzpatrick



Webzines 2011

Spring 2011

Summer 2011

Autumn 2011

Winter 2011



Archives 2010

Fall 2010

Spring 2010

Summer 2010

Winter 2010



Kempe and Dodd

Yolks by Lucinda Kempe

Helena's Medicine by Steve Dodd

Wielhouwer, Lantry, Irving, Joy

I Sleep Alone
by Yvette Wielhouwer

Review of "The Structure of Desire"
by W. F. Lantry

Little Britain
by Washington Irving

Freestyle by
Len Joy

Fiction: Sheehan, Houtman, Lowe

The Old Man in the Garden of Long Shadows
by Tom Sheehan

An Empty Chair by Sally Houtman

The Girl From Ipanema by Linda Lowe

Lizzie Siddal by Bill West

Ken Russell - Dante's Inferno by Martin Heavisides

The Picture of his Mother by Deirdre McClay

Poets: Augustine, Manahan, Heaton

Lavender, a Liberal by Nonnie Augustine

The Gathering by Yvette Wielhouwer Managan

Gullah by Kevin Heaton

Lantry and Claffey

Ocotillo Wells by W.F. Lantry,

Here every seed and stem falls on the bare
infertile stone, yet walking cactus shoots
rise tall as men, until root frameworks fail,
but where they fall, rent branches send out growth

which thrives and flowers here, confirming
both the death and resurrection of the lost.
Thorned ocotillos lift their slender red
blossoms, like trumpets, through the desert
air, and even in the worst heat, merely spread
their arms a little wider, when they're
tossed by winds, the long hands barely move,

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Rare Glimpse by James Claffey

The Old Man travels home on the ferry from Stranraer, catching the night train in Belfast and arriving in time for breakfast. Mam is grilling Denny sausages and Galtee rashers to beat the band before he’s taken his pea coat off.

“Come here to me, son," he cries, sweeping me off my feet and dangling me upside down, my hair brushing the linoleum.

“Did you miss your Da? Did you?"

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Equus & Anima by Peter Taylor

The Task by Maureen Wilkinson

Crossing the Pond by Charlie Britten

Magic Mirror by Nathan E. Tavaras

Snowman by Heidi Heimler

Freckles by Kim Teeple

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Don’t Even Think About It by Tobi Cogswell

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The Haunting by Holly Day

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Korean Echo by Tom Sheehan

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Slemish, Ballymeana and Beyond
Slemish Mountain dominates the landscape around Ballymena and whenever I see it I know I’m home. Seen from the town, it has the shape of a nurturing breast. And in a way it did give birth to the Antrim Plateau and therefore the town itself. It is an extinct volcano plug -- Oonah Joslin

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A Fresh Start by Marion Clarke

A hanging gannet eyes-up breakfast,/sunshine strains in a bruised blue sky./Dirty waves stumble, nudging each other/in an empty game of rough and tumble.

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The Things in Life in the Death of a Man --Are we starting to emerge from the Middle Ages? it is a long step. Certain aspects and places have changed a lot, in others almost nothing. Distances sometimes are huge and our city-man has his routes in a faraway village; he returns periodically, revisits old childhood memories. --Tuninetti

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Lough Reflections by Marion Clarke

The wind runs in ripples along Carlingford Lough, a shadow cast by a flock of invisible birds. On the shore, strands of kelp wave and flip in the briny breeze, like the fat brown eels of my rock pool childhood.

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Fiction: Sheehan, Houtman, Lowe

The Old Man in the Garden of Long Shadows
by Tom Sheehan

An Empty Chair by Sally Houtman

The Girl From Ipanema by Linda Lowe

Pisello, Cihlar, Mahagin

Oak and Maple by Janice Pisello

I still see it. The deterioration of this old house. She has masked it with navy paint and new shutters, but it is drowning. Sinking into itself. There are snakes and raccoons in the walls, clawing at night like twigs over siding. Exterminators have been called. Redialed.

A Brief Encounter by Lisa Cihlar

The wolf at my door asks to use the telephone. Seems the radio collar around his neck won’t tune in to his favorite Jazz and Blues station any more.

Dennis Mahagin: ...Semi Embittered Lifetime AA Batter

n the dugout I listened to a hell/of a lot of Muddy Waters.
There was this one/old blue oil drum/where bushers spit their/bubble gum and tobacco/chew, gave off a cologne/like pot/roast prepared/mostly to fool you.

Bittner

The Last Rose of Summer by Russell Bittner

There's Nothing Left but Cigarettes

A Letter to My Mother by Sergei Alexsandrovich Yesenin

Dear Theo,

I long to write to you again, perhaps it will be a rather long time before we see each other; at all events I hope we shall be in Etten together at Christmas. It was Aunt Mina's birthday last Sunday, and being there that evening, Uncle Stricker asked me a few things about my work, and did not seem to be dissatisfied… I feel that I have made some progress.

Thursday I had a nice morning; Uncle Jan had gone to Utrecht, and I had to be at Stricker's at seven o'clock because Jan was going to Paris and I had promised to see him o f. So I got up early and saw the workmen arrive in the yard while the sun was shining brightly. You would be intrigued by the sight - that long line of black figures, big and small, first in the narrow street where the sun just peeps in, and later in the yard. Then I breakfasted on a piece of dry bread and a glass of beer

The Malvinas-Falkland's War
"Lopez was born in the city beside the tawny river; Ward, on the outskirts of the city where Father Brown walked. He had studied Spanish in order to read Quijote.The other one professed a love for Conrad, who had been revealed to him in a classroom on Viamonte Street.")--Diana Ferraro

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Two Writers
Two writers, the Cuban José Marti (1853-1895) and the American Stephen Crane (1871 -1900) wrote about these wars. José Marti's role as a patriot would surpass his role as a poet, becoming the “Apostle" of the Independence and losing his life in a skirmish at the beginning of the Independence war ...

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Shropshire Voices
“Juan Lopez and John Ward" by Jorge Luis Borges is a fine poem that sums up that period for me. It reminds me of Strange Meeting (about WW1 ) by Wilfred Owen, who lived in my home town, Shrewsbury in Shropshire and went to the same school my sons attended: --Bill West

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Tepper, Ferraro, Dyer, Cogswell

Poodles by Susan Tepper

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The Spanish American War and The Cuban War for Independence by Diana Ferraro

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Lately by Neil Dyer

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Our Grandson Seeks the Snow and His Mother in Milwaukee by Tobi Cogswell

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Augustine, Jones, Bond

Whitney Houston by Nonnie Augustine

The Hat by Karen Jones

My Fence Friend by Kim Bond

Tuninetti and Mannone

Interview from Quesada by Alejandra Tuninetti
En Conversación - Alessandra Tuninetti y Antonio Pino

Lament by John C. Mannone

Halloween Fare: Ferraro and Abraham


Yo soy ardiente, yo soy morena . . .Gustavo Adolfo por Bécquer (Translated by Diana Ferraro)


The Feather PIllow by Horacio Quiroga (Translated by Diana Ferraro)


Parasite by Ruth Abraham

Hamilton-Caudill, Bittner and Sexton

Facing History, Facing the Future by Ginger Hamilton Caudill

A Letter to My Mother by Sergei Alexsandrovich Yesenin

Billy on a Sunday by Kay Sexton

Archive 2008: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Yule

Spring '08

Summer '08

Autumn '08

Yule '08

Submission Themes for 2024, Main Menu: Magazine Subs

Submission Page Details (Voices against Silence)
In a world where the shadows of gender abuse cast long and oppressive lines, the voices of the silenced often go unheard. "Voices Against Silence" seeks to bring these stories into the light, inviting writers to contribute their narratives, poems, essays, and artworks that delve into the multifaceted issue of gender abuse, with a particular focus on abuses against women.

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Through the Eye of the Beholder: A Call for Diverse Voices on Climate Change
In 2024, The LinnetFs Wings embarks on an exploratory journey, delving into one of the most pressing and multifaceted issues of our time: climate change. But this is not just about the scientific discourse or the policy debates; itFs about personal narratives, creative reflections, and diverse interpretations. ItFs about seeing this global challenge "through the eye of the beholder."

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Story: Linden and Olson

On walkabout from the cafe, tired of city lights, Ma, the shaman, catches a bus from the downtown station to the end of the line. Here, Ma runs with emus through the red desert dust and eats bush cucumbers in full fruit.

After absorbing electricity from lightning, she flies with the magpies to places of desire, waterholes of power, canyons where cave dwellers recorded their first Dreamings. She descends to a land inhabited by tiny rock sprites who bow to the shaman's journey and beg to honor her wish. For inspiration, Ma requests the creation of a sand painting.

The sun was just rising in West Central Minnesota, brazing the horizon a magenta color as upkicked dust lilted behind a Chevrolet truck that rumbled down the long gravel driveway. The truck pulled onto a paved county road that reached out for miles on an even plain. The only signs of civilization outside of Jay’s passenger side window were the railroad tracks running parallel to the road and the high-voltage power lines off in the distance--giants standing above the wheat and corn and beets. Tyler, Jay’s cousin and a year his junior, flipped on the radio.



Contemporary and Classic Poetry: Clancy and Goldsmith

Clancy creates a strong sense of atmosphere and character in this powerful statement about the courage required to speak or write truthfully and the often difficult reception such truth may receive.

Clancy's "The UFO Over Portland," engages with themes of perception, reality, and the thin line between the ordinary and the extraordinary.

Explore Oliver Goldsmith's classic song from 'She Stoops to Conquer,' a humorous take on 18th-century society's views on education, religion, and merriment.

Each of these pieces showcases Goldsmith's ability to blend social commentary with poetic elegance, often weaving in a moral or philosophical lesson.

Poets: Augustine and Heavisides

"Reverance" by Nonnie Augustine is a vivid and evocative piece of writing, rich in imagery and sensory detail. Augustine's language is both lyrical and gritty, painting a vivid picture of the scene and characters.

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Here in Augustines' "Hogheads and Tricks" a person grapples with the passage of time, lost creativity, and a desire to escape or confront the mundane realities of life, possibly looking for new experiences or inspirations to reignite their lost spark.

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Heavisides' work, as exemplified in this piece, showcases a talent for blending the profound with the practical, infusing traditional narratives with modern sensibilities and concerns.

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Hamilton, Joslin, Ferraro, Zambrano (Short Translation)

Explore the forbidden summer ritual of Ginny and Dean in 'Moon Goddess' by Ginger Hamilton. Amidst fireflies and bats, they confront their growing feelings and the harsh realities of youth, weaving a tale of love, rebellion, and myth under the spell of the night sky.

Oonah V Joslin explores her connection to Seamus Heaney's legacy, delving into cultural, linguistic, and personal parallels. Reflecting on 'Beowul' and Irish identity, she uncovers shared roots and the impact of Heaney's work on understanding her heritage and language.

Explore the tragic tale of Cecilia, a young woman confined in an asylum, in 'AIR' by Emilia Pardo Bazan. This poignant story, translated by Diana Ferraro, delves into the depths of love-induced madness and the poignant struggle between reality and delusion. Witness CeciliaFs journey as she clings to the belief of being 'air,' a metaphor for her unrequited love and ultimate escape. A profound commentary on the human psyche and the power of love.

Explore the ethereal realm of dreams in 'Geografia de la Aurora' by M. Zambrano. Delve into the vivid imagery of emerald caves and nameless colors, where the dreamer's touch lingers and reality blurs with memory. Experience a serene, effortless existence, free from longing and fear, akin to a deer resting peacefully in nature.

Poetry: Sheehan, Jensen and Smith

"Sign on a Wall" by Tom Sheehan is a nostalgic poem depicting a worn dough board, symbolizing a mother's labor of love in bread-making. It evokes memories of family, tradition, and the passage of time, blending sensory details with a deep sense of longing and reverence

Exploring the ephemeral space between day and night, 'Down The Crack With The Crickets' by Kristine Jensen delves into the fleeting nature of thoughts and emotions. An angry thought disappears with the wind, symbolizing lost moments and the struggle to reclaim them.

Explore the poignant poem Mates by Iain C. Smith, dedicated to Jake and Patrick. Reflecting on the sudden loss of a young life, it intertwines themes of grief, camaraderie, and the fleeting nature of youth, as experienced through the lens of a soccer match metaphor.

"Explore the evocative poem 'Pipedream' by Iain C. Smith. A vivid blend of memory and observation, it captures a moment of reflection amidst a storm, evoking nostalgia and introspection about family, past experiences, and the transformative journey of life.

Short Stories: Helgadóttir and Braverman

Helgadóttir's writing style is lyrical and evocative, drawing the reader into the story with vivid imagery and a sense of foreboding. The blend of history, particularly the references to World War II and the resistance movement, with folklore creates a unique and engaging narrative. This piece is a testament to Helgadóttir's skill as a storyteller and her ability to create a world that is both fantastical and deeply rooted in human emotions and experiences.

Mozart and I by Alex Braverman is a narrative that captures the essence of what it means to be an artist and the often tumultuous journey of balancing personal vision with external pressures. The narrative oscillates between admiration and resentment, showcasing how genius can be both a gift and a curse. The reference to Chaim Potok's novel "My Name is Asher Lev" serves as a poignant parallel, highlighting the universal struggles of artists who must navigate the tensions between their creative expressions and the values of their communities or families.

n 'How Long the Life' by Howard Bernbaum, a striking juxtaposition unfolds between the cosmic journey of a meteor and the human saga at a hospital. This poignant tale weaves together the final moments of Mrs. Thurgood and the lives of two aimless prospectors, highlighting the interconnectedness of the universe and the fleeting nature of human existence.

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Spanish Women Writers by Diana Ferraro

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Story: McMullen, Parinetta, Giordano

McMullen's story is a vivid exploration of the human condition, marked by its trials, errors, and the occasional moments of clarity that lead to growth and understanding. Through the lens of humor and the absurd, it captures the essence of life's unpredictable journey, reminding readers that amidst the chaos, there is always potential for change and connection.

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A harrowing tale of betrayal and resilience, this story explores the dark side of human relationships and the quest for justice. Delving into themes of consent, isolation, and societal norms, it challenges readers to reflect on empathy and the complexities of the human condition.

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"I'm a Jellyroll" is a richly layered story that engages with historical realities while offering insights into the human condition. Giordanos narrative is a testament to the power of storytelling to bridge divides, illuminate shared experiences, and foster empathy across the boundaries of time and place.

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Ray, Berg, Claffey

In plucked and scrambled, the protagonist's inability to find a 'yawning tree' --a metaphor for a safe, nurturing space -- highlights a sense of entrapment and a longing for escape or transformation.

Bill on the Hill captures the essence of a winter day, where the main character, Carrie, is engrossed in the simple joys of sledding and experiencing the first flutters of childhood romance.

Claffey's writing in this short piece demonstrates a remarkable talent for capturing complex emotions and creating vivid imagery as he intertwines the themes of loss, grief, and the relentless passage of time i

O'Sullivan, Joslin, Brooks

'Kindred' by James O'Sullivan is a beautifully written piece that captures the complexity of human experience. I

Old Grogan's storytelling style and the way he weaves his encounters with the Leprechaun and the terrifying Horseman create a sense of wonder and suspense in Joslin's story.

Brooks' narrative captures a child's perspective and the sense of adventure and curiosity beautifully.

McManus, Long, Needham

A poem that skillfully combines observation with introspection, that invites readers to contemplate the connections between the external world and the inner self.

In 'The Live Oak' by Stan Long the interplay of nature, rain, and the intimacy of two people is portrayed with vivid imagery.

Experience the haunting beauty of 'Shipwreck' by Eira Needham, a poignant poem that explores the struggle for survival amidst turbulent waters.

Haynes, McManus and Salzano

Rosie and Max is a beautiful piece that portrays the power of everyday rituals and the strength to carry on after a challenging day.

'The Orange Room' by Conor McManus is a vivid and sensuous piece of writing, capturing the intimate and contemplative moments of the protagonist.

Salzano's 'Turn the Page' is a deeply moving piece that uses the backdrop of a classic rock song to explore themes of nostalgia, longing, and the emotional landscapes of life ...

Ritchie, Classic Kafka, Cihlar

Discover the gripping tale of Samuel Jackson's escape from slavery, intertwined with the Underground Railroad and a mysterious Virginia ham. A historical narrative filled with tension, humor, and hope

Kafka's narrative leaves us with questions about the nature of authority, the pursuit of knowledge, and the futility of waiting for external validation or answers.

It's wonderful piece that invites reflection on life, death, and the enduring beauty that can be found even in the most unexpected places.

High Hedges Lucky Dip

Jones

Bedoya

Sexton

Sheehan

Poetry: Saunders and Good

This Morning I met Seamus Heaney ...

The Game

an armed man lurks in ambush

The Pig's Whiskers: Nero, Managan, Strait and Parks

Quislings by Lauran Strait

The Man in the Wet, Gray Fedora by Jim Parks

Gil by Pepe Nero

The Boy by Yvette Managan (Flys)

Remembering: Cogswell, Sheehan, Clarke, Day

Don't Even Think About It

Korean Echo

Fresh Start

Haunting

Poetry: Ann Walters

The Way Light Falls at Four in the Morning by Ann Walters

Unexpected Bats by Ann Walters

To Pierce the Sky by Ann Walters

The Dancer by Ann Walters

Desert Roses, 1994 by Ann Walters

The Rain that Wears no Raincoat and What Warmth Is There in One Old Tree?

The Rain that Wears no Raincoat

What Warmth Is There in One Old Tree?


Tudor, Ferraro, Good

Amy in the Dark

Buenos Aires: A Literary City

personal history

Augustine, Whitehouse, Gad-Cykman, Freele

Whirl by Nonnie Augustine

Blessings X1 V by Anne Whitehouse

Under a Dirty Moon by Avital Gad-Cykman

Spa Tour by Stefanie Freele

Story and Essay: Baker, Zelnick and Ferraro

"In America Four Times a Day by Bobby Steve Baker is a poignant poem detailing the tragic reality of child abuse from a medical perspective, highlighting the emotional and ethical challenges faced by professionals in confronting this harsh reality."

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Blake's poetry, as Zelnick points out, defies the typical expectations of poetry to celebrate beauty and virtue, instead using his verse as a tool for social critique, revealing the dark underbelly of London's progress and prosperity.

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"The Legacy of Spanish Theater" by Diana Ferraro delves deep into the rich history and legacy of Spanish theater, highlighting its significant cultural contributions from the Middle Ages through the Siglo de Oro, and beyond into contemporary times.

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Short Stories: Robinson, Hamilton, Burke, Faison

Archie's adventures and misadventures, from his initial quest for a dime to his interactions with various characters in his community, reveal a society where children are forced to mature quickly, facing realities that test their ingenuity and moral compass.

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"Explore Artist at Work" by William Reese Hamilton, a gripping tale of love, art, and transformation. Dive into a complex relationship set against a backdrop of urban decay, where art becomes a metaphor for connection and self-discovery. A narrative rich in emotion and psychological depth.

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"Epic" serves as a meditation on the nature of creativity, the solitude often required for profound thought and work, and the complex relationship between an artist and the society that surrounds them

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"Gemini in Twilight" by Galen R.Faison weaves a poignant narrative that navigates through the realms of family legacy, the resilience born out of struggle, and the indelible marks left by our ancestors

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Short Stories

Chris Castle

James Claffey

John S Fields

Joseph Cordaro



"On His Toes" is a beautifully written reminder of the complexities of human relationships and the dangers of romanticizing or idealizing a partner based on limited interactions or shared activities. It invites readers to reflect on their own experiences of love and attraction, the importance of communication and shared values in building a lasting relationship, and the role of personal growth and self-awareness in navigating the challenges of intimacy.

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"A Shadow of Doubt" by Mary Jo Breen unfolds in a tender yet poignant exploration of aging, memory, and the thin line between the past and present. The story introduces us to Mrs. Taylor, an elderly woman grappling with the pains of aging and the haunting presence of a ghost she believes visits her at dawn. The ghost, with its "smug smile," seems to torment her with its silent presence, raising questions about the unresolved issues or memories Mrs. Taylor might be struggling with.

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"Water" by Ian Butterworth is Water is not just a story about dying; its a profound reflection on the complexities of human emotion, the tangled relationships that define us, and the quest for peace and love in the face of the inevitable. It invites readers to contemplate the depths of their own psyche and the nature of their relationships, making it a compelling piece for anyone interested in the intersection of psychology, spirituality, and the human condition,

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Poetry: Augustine and Day

Explore the delicate dance of decision-making in "Fleeting Laziness in Birds & Catching Myself Being Selfish" by Nonnie Augustine. A narrative blending nature's simplicity with human emotion, through the lens of doves contemplating a new home amidst hidden dangers.

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Explore the depths of long-term relationship dynamics through Holly Day's 'What There Is To Lose.' The poem delves into the fear of disinterest leading to loss, weaving a narrative of love, insecurities, and the lengths we go to keep connections alive.

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Holly Day's 'The Beast at Your Side' explores the transformation of self in relationships. Through vivid imagery, it contrasts solitudes' freedom with the intimate, identity-shifting power of love, highlighting the complexities and sacrifices of companionship

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Poetry File

Stan Long

Bill West

William Blake

evie robillard

Poetry: robillard, Higgins, Langford

"The Table in the Garden" is a testament to the power of nature to inspire, to heal, and to bring people together. It celebrates the simple, yet profound moments of connection that can occur in the midst of natural beauty.

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"Barely Escaped" serves as a reminder of the complexity of life and the unexpected turns it can take, encouraging a reflective stance towards our actions and their consequences.

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The poem serves as a tribute not just to Plath but to all who navigate life with an acute sense of sensitivity. It highlights the beauty and curse of such a disposition--the ability to perceive deeply and intensely

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Higgins crafts a multi-layered narrative in a compact form, utilizing the image of the wasp and the actions surrounding it to delve into complex themes of fear, struggle, and the human condition.

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Carey, Collins, Cavelli

days marching by, cold and sexless as stones

"Write this down -- you are a bitch. One might say a Constance bitch."

Olivia

Poetry File: Long, West, Blake (Classic) Robillard

Stan Long, through "Winging It," crafts a moving narrative that captures the essence of mourning and the bittersweet solace found in the natural world's rhythms, reminding readers of the enduring connections between the living and the departed.

"Promise" offers a poignant reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring power of hope and renewal.

Through the Eyes of a Child: the power of art and poetry to communicate universal truths across time and space.

Robillard's moon is presented as a source of endless creativity and inspiration, the "symphony with just enough notes," suggesting that, in its mystery and beauty, the moon is a metaphor for the ideal expression of art and knowledge.

The House on the Cliff by W.J. Wintle

Little Britain by Washington Irving

Diamondopolous

1946
by DC Diamondopolous

The Darkling Thrush
by Thomas Hardy (Classic)

I leant upon a coppice gate
When Frost was spectre-grey,
And WinterFs dregs made desolate
The weakening eye of day.
The tangled bine-stems scored the sky
Like strings of broken lyres,
And all mankind that haunted nigh
Had sought their household fires.


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In Pursuit of the Intangible
Poetry Editorial by Oonah Joslin

Classics and More Fine Poetry

The River
by Beate Sigriddaughter

The Hosting of the Sidhe
by W.B. Yeats (Classic)

A Christmas Sermon
by Robert Louis Stevenson (Classsic)

The Square Root of Love by Sergio Ortiz

Standards by Wendy Howe

Hamilton, Fitzpatrick, Callander

Saturday Morning Cartoons by William Reese Hamilton

Cloud Feast by Mari Fitzpatrick

Buddhas of Bamian by Arthur Callender

Seasonal Poetry

Godless Fruit by Jo-Ann Newton

Lonely as a Clown by Mike Lewis

Time to shine by Lesley Timms

The Day is Done by H W Longfellow

Fiction: Bittner, Beaumont and Gebbie

Allegory by Russell Bittner

Reading in Bed by Digby Beaumont

Ed’s Wife and Other Creatures by Vanessa Gebbie


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Ancestor by Jim Boring

The Witches Grace by Nonnie Augustine

Dance of the Dead by Maureen Wilkenson

Issue Art Wall

Christmas Present by Marie Shields

Dog Days of Christmas by Marie Shields

Christmas Morning by Martin Heavisides

Sleeping with the Monkfish: The Execution by John C. Mannone

Essay and Short Stories

Thomas Hardy, Stephen Zelnick

Dreaming of Elsbeth, Alexander Lang

Ashwini Alli, Peter Vilbig

Managan, Augustine, Collins

Angelic by Yvette Managan beautifully intertwines themes of love, passion, loss, and the haunting presence of the past, all while navigating the intricate dance of human emotions and interactions.

"Simple Tilly" is not just a story about a young girlFs encounter with love and betrayal; it is a reflection on the strength of the human spirit in the face of lifeFs adversities. It speaks to the universal themes of love, loss, and the search for belonging

Learning to Fly by Anne Collisn is a reflection on the strength of the human spirit in the face of life's adversities. It speaks to the universal themes of love, loss, and the search for belonging and acceptance.


Blizzard by Nonnie Augustine

Cold, Cold Heart by Jim Haughey

Poetry: Augustine, Walters, Bittner

Nonnie Augustine's 'In Time' is a poetic reflection on love, companionship, and the artful embrace of life's journey, inviting readers to appreciate the beauty in the details and the richness of shared experiences.

Walters captures the essence of a moment suspended in time, where the grandeur of the Grand Canyon in winter mirrors the depth and beauty of a shared love.

"Out of Rock! NOW" is a powerful piece that delves into the complexities of human relationships, the hard work of building a life together, and the pain of seeing shared dreams crumble.

Poetry: Managan, Walters, Bittner

Managan's poem is rich with layers, offering a critique wrapped in the beauty and violence of a landscape that's both inviting and repelling.

Walters' poem is a tribute to the power of nature, history, and human connection. It invites readers to reflect on their own journeys and the landscapes that hold significance in their lives.

Through its evocative imagery and emotional depth, "Flight 103 to Lockerbie: Happy Anniversary" captures the complex interplay of personal and collective memory, the beauty and violence of nature, and the enduring impact of loss.

Lago, Dyer, Blake, Williamson, Wood

Island
by Susan Lago

*#4*
by Neil Dyer

An Old Friend
by Mike Blake

Taken by Hand, Heart and Storm
by Ernest Williamson III

The Pugilist
by Carla Martin-Wood

Abt, ART, McConnell

Facing the Train
by Carl T Abt

Art Galley
Summer 2008

Untitled 11
by Michael Constantine McConnell

Classic: The Swan Song by Anton Chekov

Gallery Archive
Images: Russell Bittner
Carol Mannheim
Mari Fitzpatrick


Essay and Fiction

Thomas Hardy, Poet

Dreaming of Elsbeth

Ashwini Alli

Morphane Tree

Flashlight’s Jewels

Potluck: Christmas Poetry, Fuller, Norman, Luckins, Hitchcock

Muldaddie

Weaving Dreams

Persephone

Blue Walls

Short Fiction from: Long, Bernbaum, Joy Taylor, Wilkenson

The High Tops

Marty-s Career

Daffodils in a Blue Vase

Trio

Shop Here

Book One: High Hedges

Book Two: Indigo

The Crafts

Artists for the Issue: Maire Morrisey Cummins, Marion Clarke, Dr. Suzanne Conboy-Hill

In the Zone

Managan

Patrick

Augustine

Murray

Wetting the Shamrock: Dyer, Joslin, Eliav, Augustine

*#4*

Vanishing point

Cold Fish

In Time

Occupying Space: Joyce Mintz, Heavisides, Martin-Wood, Stokes

The Little Prisoners

Wabi Songs

The Pugilist

Stewart

Dave Taylor

At the end of March 1916, Richard Woodcock of the Royal West Kent Regiment became the first British POW to escape from a German POW camp and make it back to England - this is his story ...

Commemorating the life of the German painter Johannes Matthaeus Koelz, who after winning a medal of gallantry in the Great War went on to defy Hitler and to become an anti-war campaigner... Lyrics and Melody by Dave Taylor

Versighs: Trecost, Kempis, Long, and Rohan

The Bicycle Mechanic

Citrine

The Music Box

1970

Summer 2011: Short Stories & Micro; Taylor, Britten, Tepper, Johnson

Green Sheep by Gail E. Taylor

Crossing the Pond by Charlie Britten

Poodles by Susan Tepper

Shadow People by Emily Glossner Johnson

Reflections: Charles, Haig, West, (Classic) Alcott, Louisa May

A Change of Life by Peter Charles

Hearing Dogs by Liz Haig

Fear and Loathing in Southwark by Bill West

Gingerbread, An Everyday Poem

Graber, Murray, Harris, Theys and Biswas

Details by Shane Graber

Gifts For The Residents by Paul Murray

Human Noise by Bruce Harris

Best Brewed Plans by Lydia Fazio Theys

Fable of the Fortieth Sheep by Rumjhum Biswas

Short Stories: Lawrence, Sheehan, Joseph, Wilcox

The Hours
"Sarah arrived at the beach rental in the middle of the night. When she stepped out of the front door the moon bathed a wide swatch of sand weaving in and out of the shoreline of brackish moss green waves topped off with yellow tipped foam peaks."

The River Thief
"'The two of us,' she'd say, "partners to the end," the crochet needle at a small and quick twist in her hand, or a sewing needle making code against her finger"

Photophobia
"His voice seeped up brittle from under the rubble of covers; maybe she should have waited longer. Damn earring wouldn’t go in the hole. She sat down and squinted into the dresser mirror, not wanting to risk opening the curtains yet."

Mr. Wyandotte
"One Friday morning as I sat at my office computer trying to enter progress notes and demographic data (but really mostly just listening to Franz Liszt on YouTube) I got a call from a policeman in Upper Bucks County."

Augustine, Horan, Britten, Johnson, Berge

Barataria Bay

Camlin

Paradise

learning to fly

Her

Brooks, Garfunkle, Sheehan

Gone Wireless by Marian Brooks

Absence By Gloria Garfunkel

Merry Christmas from Lily Pond in Saugus Town by Tom Sheehan

Kiernan, Long, O'Brien, Art Gallery

Marlow speaks again

Crow

Precious

Art Gallery

Spring Fashion: Dyer, Cogswell, Taylor, Clarke

Lately

Our Grandson Seeks the Snow and His Mother in Milwaukee

Equus & Anima

Lough Reflections

Spring Posters:: Heimler, Claffey, Tavaras

Snowman by Heidi Heimler

Rare Glimpse by James Claffey

Magic Mirror by Nathan E.Tavaras

' Every crack of dawn floods with midlife nostalgia ...'

Turn the Page by April Salzano

Rosie and Max by William Ogden Haynes

Executive sweet by Mathew Paust

Archive 2008: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Yule

Spring '08

Summer '08

Autumn '08

Yule '08

Dave Taylor

At the end of March 1916, Richard Woodcock of the Royal West Kent Regiment became the first British POW to escape from a German POW camp and make it back to England - this is his story ...

Commemorating the life of the German painter Johannes Matthaeus Koelz, who after winning a medal of gallantry in the Great War went on to defy Hitler and to become an anti-war campaigner... Lyrics and Melody by Dave Taylor



Thursday's Portmanteau

"Doris Attinger follows her husband with a gun in Manhattan one day, suspecting he is having an affair with another woman. In her rage, she fires wildly and blindly around the room and at the couple multiple times. One of the bullets hits her husband in the shoulder. His lover escapes unscathed."

From our
'Everyday Poems Page'

Gingerbread
The Day is Done
Who Goes with Fergus?
Strange Meeting
The Darkling Thrush
A Pint of Plain is your only Man
Go and Catch a Falling Star



The Pig's Whiskers: Nero, Managan, Strait and Parks

Quislings by Lauran Strait

The Man in the Wet, Gray Fedora by Jim Parks

Gil by Pepe Nero

The Boy by Yvette Managan (Flys)



Artists and Web Galleries

Judith A. Lawrence

Lisa J. Cihlar

Falling Pearls


Quislings by Lauran Strait

"There, there, poor babies." Elizabeth pats the side of the red Playmate cooler as she stares inside. "Such little ones this time." She fishes out the last of the doves from their bed of dry ice. "What-s the world coming to? Broken wings and plucked feathers. Have they no decency?



Storytime: Sky, Coughlan, Freese and Asante

Spring, a Girl

The Red Couch

Sweet Cotton

Branded



Lisa J. Cihlar and Judith A. Lawrence

ART


Short Stories: Lawrence, Sheehan, Joseph, Wilcox

The Hours
"Sarah arrived at the beach rental in the middle of the night. When she stepped out of the front door the moon bathed a wide swatch of sand weaving in and out of the shoreline of brackish moss green waves topped off with yellow tipped foam peaks."

The River Thief
"'The two of us,' she'd say, "partners to the end," the crochet needle at a small and quick twist in her hand, or a sewing needle making code against her finger"

Photophobia
"His voice seeped up brittle from under the rubble of covers; maybe she should have waited longer. Damn earring wouldn’t go in the hole. She sat down and squinted into the dresser mirror, not wanting to risk opening the curtains yet."

Mr. Wyandotte
"One Friday morning as I sat at my office computer trying to enter progress notes and demographic data (but really mostly just listening to Franz Liszt on YouTube) I got a call from a policeman in Upper Bucks County."



Graber, Murray, Harris, Theys and Biswas

Details by Shane Graber

Gifts For The Residents by Paul Murray

Human Noise by Bruce Harris

Best Brewed Plans by Lydia Fazio Theys

Fable of the Fortieth Sheep by Rumjhum Biswas


More:Capobianco, Cadwallader, Heavisides, Kayly, Rouvelas

Please Jackson, No Trouble by D. Capobianco

The Horseman by Gary Cadwallader

Deities at an Exhibition by Martin Heavisides

Uncle Stan by Mary Baader Kaley

Pillow by Teri Davis Rouvelas


Spring Fashion: Dyer, Cogswell, Taylor, Clarke

Lately

Our Grandson Seeks the Snow and His Mother in Milwaukee

Equus & Anima

Lough Reflections



Remembering: Cogswell, Sheehan, Clarke, Day

Don't Even Think About It

Korean Echo

Fresh Start

Haunting


Spring Posters:: Heimler, Claffey, Tavaras

Snowman by Heidi Heimler

Rare Glimpse by James Claffey

Magic Mirror by Nathan E.Tavaras



Green Sheep by Gail E. Taylor

Bonnie Peeples claims that her family heirloom, a woollen carpet made from the fleece of a green sheep named Sam, has gone missing. She calls the Missing Persons Bureau and two police officers come to investigate. They soon discover that Bonnie is not as senile as they thought, and that there is more to the story of Sam the Ram than meets the eye.
The story is written in a humorous and whimsical tone, with references to nursery rhymes and Irish folklore. The author uses dialogue and description to create vivid characters and settings, and to reveal the mystery behind the green sheep. The story explores themes such as family history, identity, memory, and belonging. It also challenges the stereotypes and prejudices that people have about the elderly and the mentally ill.



Potters: Good, Tepper, Berg, Tudor

Personal History

Hiding

Nesting Dolls

Amy in the Dark



Portfolio in Progress

To view click on Image please


Porkies: Augustine, Classic Wharton, Walters, Bittner

In Time

The Daunt Diana

Memories of a Winter's Day

Aubade to Marit Haahr


Poets: Mahoney, Cihlar, Dorsky,Walters

Formations

Keep

Manifesto

Memory of a Winter-s Day



The Man in the Wet, Gray Fedora by Jim Parks

Old news.
I didn't understand why they had taken the rotating seats off the uprights at the lunch counters and when I asked my mother about it, people laughed and smirked, so she reacted enough to make her freckles turn colors and nearly jerked my arm out of its shoulder socket, tripping across those highly polished floor tiles as fast as her short little legs would go.

When asked again, she jerked even harder, glaring at some drugstore cowboy that was winking at her, and said "Ask that old boy there. I am sure the lazy-headed outfit has time to explain it all to you." It was one of my first glimpses at the face of hatred. The old boy-s face just froze under his ducktail haircut ...


Andrea Castilla Sanchez Art


Medlar Issue and More

A silent prayer

Batshit Crazy

Trio

Daffodils in a Blue Vase



Sol y Nieve: Zakeer, Bittner, Ferraro

Repossession

Collision

Buenos Aires: A Literary City


The Little Prisoners by Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz

Prisoners is a short story that explores the themes of love, guilt, forgiveness, and hope as a young woman comes to terms with her own incarceration and the loss of her child to the system.


Middle Square: Kiernan, Gebbie, Kiernan, Fitzpatrick

Old Man

Ed's Wife and Other Stories

Inniscrone

Eden



The Boy by Yvette Managan

The Boy by Yvette Managan is a short story about a young boy named Mickey who struggles to adjust to his new baby sister and his mother's strict expectations. He finds solace in his loyal dog Smokey and his adventurous spirit. The story follows him on a Christmas Eve when he goes to church with his family and then races home with Smokey, enjoying the freedom and joy of being a boy.


Point of Comfort by Judith A. Lawrence

Excerpt from Chapter 12, "No Longer a Ward of the State," from "Point of Comfort," by Judith A. Lawrence," a Memoir in two parts, published January, 2023..

"The last weekend of June, Johnny and I drove to Maryland. We applied for our marriage license and were told we would be able to pick it up in two weeks.
We hoped to be married in the same Methodist church as Ben and Elaine.
On a Friday night Johnny pulled up in front of the house in his clunker of a car. I stole down the stairs with my beat up suitcase full of my personal things with a few clothes stuffed in. It would be all I had if Violet would not allow me to retrieve other things when I returned."



Teeple, Tuninetti and Lorca Illustrations (Classic)

Freckles

The Old Field House

Things from Life in the Death of a Man

illustrations: Federico Garcia Lorca, 5 June 1898 - 19 August 1936



Review: by Mari Fitzpatrick: The Banshees of Inisherin 2022 ‧ Comedy/Drama ‧ 1h 54m From Searchlight Pictures and writer-director Martin McDonagh



Poetry File: Long, West, Blake (Classic) Robillard

Stan Long, through "Winging It," crafts a moving narrative that captures the essence of mourning and the bittersweet solace found in the natural world's rhythms, reminding readers of the enduring connections between the living and the departed.

"Promise" offers a poignant reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring power of hope and renewal.

Through the Eyes of a Child: the power of art and poetry to communicate universal truths across time and space.

Robillard's moon is presented as a source of endless creativity and inspiration, the "symphony with just enough notes," suggesting that, in its mystery and beauty, the moon is a metaphor for the ideal expression of art and knowledge.


In the Zone

Managan

Patrick

Augustine

Murray


Illustrations by D Capobianco -- Story by Heavisides, Sexton, Nero and Zelnick

A Box of Books Balling

Beatrices Behemoth is Bothersome and Backbreaking

Falling Man

Filburt Gets his Formula Half Right



Short Stories

Chris Castle

James Claffey

John S Fields

Joseph Cordaro


Winter Poems:

Nonnie Augustine

Jim Boring

Marie Fitzpatrick

Maureen Wilkenson



Poetry File

Stan Long

Bill West

William Blake

evie robillard



Essay and Short Stories

Stephen Zelnick

Alexander Lang

Peter Vilbig



Flash and Micro Fiction

Robert Scotellaro

John S Fields




In Flux

Flux Lines, Bonfire Night

Sundance Review, The Dead Returns


Witches Broom Dancing Class/High Hedges

Moon Library Broom Lending/Indigo



Storytellers: Sky, Coughlan,, Freese, Asante--Illustrations: Dom Capobianco

Do me a favor Gill, don't tell the boys I'm reading books"/ What did Gill answer?

Popeye at 80

Dawgs will be Dawgs, Deputy dawgs and....

Ego, Egat, Egod.... eeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhh


The King of Ireland's Son by Padraic Colum

(Fedelma, The Enchanter's Daughter)

Connal was the name of the King who ruled over Ireland at that time. He had three sons, and, as the fir-trees grow, some crooked and some straight, one of them grew up so wild that in the end the King and the King's Councillor had to let him have his own way in everything. This youth was the King's eldest son and his mother had died before she could be a guide to him.


Snails on the Road by Rebecca Burns

Snails on the Road by Rebecca Burns

THERE WERE SNAILS ON THE ROAD to the tapas bar. They had oozed over from a scrub of undeveloped land beside the main street into town. Grandma shouted a warning from up ahead, shading her eyes as she turned back to face us, squinting into the sun. But Mum didn’t swerve to avoid the little creatures littering the road. Instead they were crushed under the wheels of Toby’s buggy as Mum pushed him straight on; their shells disintegrated with tiny pops that reminded me of the gravel on our drive at home, churned up into a sharp spray by spinning wheels.


Carey, Collins, Cavelli

days marching by, cold and sexless as stones

"Write this down -- you are a bitch. One might say a Constance bitch."

Olivia


Kiernan, Long, O'Brien, Art Gallery

Marlow speaks again

Crow

Precious

Art Gallery


West, Kelsey, Augustine, Lorin

River of Light

British Guy

The Dice are Not to Blame

Jamie's Song



Augustine, Whitehouse, Gad-Cykman, Freele

Whirl by Nonnie Augustine

Blessings X1 V by Anne Whitehouse

Under a Dirty Moon by Avital Gad-Cykman

Spa Tour by Stefanie Freele


Fiction: Bittner, Zakeer, Rohan, Mascarino

Collision

Repossession

1970

The First Time the Son was Ever on TV



Dorsky, Kavanagh, Kempis and Beaumont

A Manifesto Arrived by William Dorsky

You Have Grown In Stature by Noeleen Kavanagh

Sunny's First Fellini by MD Kempis

Houndstooth and Lucky by Digby Beaumont



Sheehan, Brown/Collins, Mahony. Cihlar

A Toast to Skink by Tom Sheehan

In Conversation: Ramon Collins and Randall Brown

In Break Formations by Donal Mahoney

So We Decided to Keep by Lisa Cihlar


Fables: Abartis, Long, Cavelli, Hagborg

Beauty and the Beast

The Sunday Special

Summer storms . . .

The Cellist’s First Date



Empty Bowl by Martin Heavisides

Either hoeing the garden
or washing bottles at the well,
making soup for a sick man
or listening to someone else's child studying books,
stacking logs writing to the local paper
or pulling that stubborn lamb into our world, I know
the song which carries my neighbour from one thing to the next:
Earth feeds us
out of her empty bowl."
--Peter Levitt


Seasonal Poetry

Godless Fruit by Jo-Ann Newton

Lonely as a Clown by Mike Lewis

Time to shine by Lesley Timms

The Day is Done by H W Longfellow



Artists for the Issue: Maire Morrisey Cummins, Marion Clarke, Dr. Suzanne Conboy-Hill



Short Fiction from: Long, Bernbaum, Joy Taylor, Wilkenson

The High Tops

Marty-s Career

Daffodils in a Blue Vase

Trio



Zelnick: Dwindling: the Shrinking Citizen

John Milton never attended a Trump rally, but Paradise Lost depicts satanic demagogy and citizens dwindled to mere onlookers, overwhelmed by giant voices. In the great hall of Pandemonium, the rebels against God gather to decide next steps. Giant angels, now tarnished by betrayal, swarm into the vast auditorium. They are too large to fit; Satan downsizes them



Narrative of New Netherland 1570-1970 by Sean Farragher

"I am the viridian swell and the vermilitm tempest. I am surly beast and have will to rectify murder: my death and other happenstance makes for ironu with miniatures painted without sight in a golden locket never opened and not lost memories of those centuries before whatever instant diseased and bent with pock marked face to how anger stalls without any pleasure or even the protest of strangled fowl. You can watch my stance without eyes and make me move without legs as I am only flood and tempest unbounded my schemes ser down as blasphemed physic and truth."
John Colman (1580-1664)



Beautiful Films

LThese films from the silent era continue to inspire and captivate audiences, showcasing the power of visual storytelling and the enduring appeal of classic cinema.

Josef von Sternberg's meticulous approach to film composition and his collaboration with the iconic Marlene Dietrich truly left a lasting mark on cinema history. The way they brought out the screen's glow in "Shanghai Express" is indeed remarkable, and Dietrich's portrayal of Shanghai Lily is iconic.


Frontierland by Norah Piehl

Pa did not like a country so old and worn out that the hunting was poor. He wanted to go west. For two years he had wanted to go west and take a homestead, but Ma did not want to leave the settled country.
--Laura Ingalls Wilder, By The Shores of Silver Lake

Appleyard: ZoBell, Creith, Mascarino, Carey

Faith

Spanish Gold and Pearls

A Los Angeles Friend

Between Breaths



Archive 2009: Spring, Summer, Fall

Spring '09

Summer '09

Fall '09

Yule '09



Fiction: Campagnoli, Arnold, Friedrich, Charman

Campagnoli's narrative is a reminder of the ways in which family, with all its imperfections and contradictions, shapes our understanding of the world and ourselves.

Arnold crafts a narrative that challenges traditional gender norms and highlights the evolving nature of parental love and expectations.

A literature professor, Sidney, is visited by an enigmatic knight in her classroom, blurring the lines between her love for fiction and reality. As their silent bond deepens, his sudden disappearance propels her into a decision that forever alters her life.

The universal desire for safety and peace, and the profound impact of empathy and understanding in addressing the challenges faced by migrants and refugees around the world.


Shingling: Murphy, Coffee, Nero, Stakes

Sculptures by Christina Murphy

Early Thoughts On The Oedipus Complex by Rebecca Coffey

Dancing All The Steps I Know by Pepe Nero

No Such Thing as a Free Tea by Jennifer Stakes


Reflections: Charles, Haig, West, (Classic) Alcott, Louisa May

A Change of Life by Peter Charles

Hearing Dogs by Liz Haig

Fear and Loathing in Southwark by Bill West

Gingerbread, An Everyday Poem



Wandering Stars:: Walters, Tomlin Jr,. Norton

Ann Walters

Wendell Tomlin, Jr

Ann Walters

Nancy Norton



Potluck: Christmas Poetry, Fuller, Norman, Luckins, Hitchcock

Muldaddie

Weaving Dreams

Persephone

Blue Walls



Little Miss Muffet and Nolens Volens


Dyer, West, Strait and Allen

Jack Pines

The Language of Frost

Sweet Talk

Be Sure Your Sins


Fiction: Managan, Long and Jones

Vampires, Ghosts, the Dead returned
by Yvette Managan

Carnal Knowledge
by Stan Long

I was nine and my sister seven, and we were walking home from the dam that was a favourite haunt of mine, where moorhens nested and herons fished and where will-o-the-wisps coiled over the marshy ground on damp evenings. Visiting with her grandma with whom I lived, she had asked to go with me to see the dam during that late afternoon in the summer of the war when all the young men had been conscripted and both town and countryside were empty of them.

My Lady Adair
by A Jefferson Brown

When I was a child, the month of October was always the greatest time of year. Even though school was back in session, we had the State Fair in the beginning of the month and Halloween to bring in November. In between the two, there was always some harvest festival or other going on at one of the local churches. For me, a poor boy in a small town in South Carolina, October was as fun as summer break.

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Necromancy
by Karen Jones



A Rasher of Poems for Snarky Children by Russell Bittner

Little Miss Muffet

Four(teen)-letter Words

Nolens Volens

What Warmth Is There in One Old Tree?

This Rain That Wears No Raincoat

Managan, Augustine, Collins

Angelic by Yvette Managan beautifully intertwines themes of love, passion, loss, and the haunting presence of the past, all while navigating the intricate dance of human emotions and interactions.

"Simple Tilly" is not just a story about a young girlFs encounter with love and betrayal; it is a reflection on the strength of the human spirit in the face of lifeFs adversities. It speaks to the universal themes of love, loss, and the search for belonging

Learning to Fly by Anne Collisn is a reflection on the strength of the human spirit in the face of life's adversities. It speaks to the universal themes of love, loss, and the search for belonging and acceptance.

Empty Wheelchair Waits
by Bill West

Spokes flash orange under street lights. Tires rumble across pavement cracks. Andrew bats his wheelchair wheels.

The tires suck a dry track, picking up chip wrappers and leaves to scatter them in his wake. He doesn't care that the dogs bark and snap or that children jeer as he passes. He's headed for the fair.

Music thumps in his chest; red, yellow and blue lights chase across his upturned face. He peers at waltzers, ...

Vow
by Carla Martin=Wood

Ta gra agam duit, mo run

When I die/it shall be with/your name on my lips/the last word/I speak into/earth's air and that name/I shall bear upon/my tongue/and it shall go/with me into/what comes after

And when I board/that dark barge/and my soul speaks/its first word to/the grim boatman/that name shall fall/from my lips/and it shall be/ the coin that pays/my passage

The Smell of Salt
by Loretta Sylvestre

Ginny escaped north over a four-lane stretch of U.S. Highway 99. The sun hung low in the west and the roadbed shone, stretching across the flats like a river of red. She drove a nineteen fifty-six cream lacquered Chevy Belair. Only five years old and still perfect, the car flew through the miles and kicked up a wind that lifted Ginnys brown curls and cooled her neck. That rushing air brought welcome relief from the heat that, despite autumn and oncoming night, flooded the desert.



The Sunday Special by Stan Long

The Cellist’s First Date by Marja Hagborg

Nesting Dolls by Carly Berg



Stein (Classic) , Friedrich, Abartis

Tender Buttons

Major Works of fiction

Beauty and the Beast



Tudor, Ferraro, Good

Amy in the Dark

Buenos Aires: A Literary City

personal history



Poetry by Paul Hostovsky and Art Selection (2013)

Aubade uses these vivid personifications and contrasts to create a playful yet poignant commentary on the nature of enthusiasm, routine, and perhaps the human tendency to become jaded or unappreciative of the everyday wonders of the world.-

This section of the website displays original illustrations and details their use in various literary contexts. For more information and to view the artwork, you can visit the page by clicking on the imagge. Thanks!

Hostovsky writes about the allure of poetry and the arts, and how they can inspire us to make choices that might not seem logical but are deeply appealing to our sense of beauty and romanticism.



Poetry: Colby, Yuan, Black

'Arbitration' is a thought-provoking piece that invites readers to reflect on its metaphysical and philosophical aspects

'My Crow' by Changming Yuan. It beautifully captures the emotions of loss and the fleeting nature of relationships.

'Sunflowers' is a reflective and contemplative poem that encourages readers to ponder the mysteries of existence and the limitations of human perception

'Short Shrift' by Sheila Black is a beautiful and evocative poem that captures fleeting moments and observations in a vivid and contemplative way.



Poetry: Scully, Thomas, Jacobson

Colm Scully's work often delves into themes of memory, place, and the human experience, and "A Poem Remembered" is a beautiful representation of these themes.

The Goatherd’s Fingers" is a masterful piece that uses detailed and evocative imagery to depict the life of a goatherd in a way that is both realistic and poetic.

Ocean's Alive is a perfect blend of nature's might and delicate balance, the poetry encapsulates the essence of the image in rich, immersive colors.


Tepper, Ismail, (Karachi, Pakistan)

Hiding

"Every night I go alone to the theatre. Because Denis is French and married and running this hotel, he never gets to the theatre. I regale him about this or that play. I tell him London is somewhat like New York only way better. Laughing, he disputes my claim saying New York is still the best city in the world."

A Gentle Heart (Obit)

"I would lie in bed watching her morning ritual with a statuette of Buddha looking on as well. This would begin with greetings by birds chirping in her garden on bushes of red and yellow exora, hibiscus flowers, graceful palms, butterflies, and clay figurines of ducks and elephants. Her bed was right alongside a window to the garden and the curtains were never drawn."


Poets: Murray, Good, Quinn, Joslin

Forecast For Interstate 81
by P. W. Murray

South, U.S. Highway 11, 1960.
Duff’s Rebel Restaurant,
breakfast in Winchester and supper -
if all goes on schedule - near Pulaski.
Hills to our right -
“… jingle bell, jingle bell,
jingle bell rock,"

wipers click and wipers clock.
Ears to the radio, eyes to the
billboards, a signs calls out
for a diner - “Listen there - if we were
still up in Carlisle, Hagerstown or
Martinsburg we’d be butt-deep in
snow." Pop knows. Here it’s just
cold slop, a little sleet but cold
assaulting rain, mostly. A diner
with dingy motel's light glows ahead.
"Rockin' around the Christmas tree
at the Christmas party hop… ."

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Childhood Portrait
by Howie Good

When the old mare collapsed
between the shafts of the milk wagon

and the wagon driver leaped
to the ground cursing

the tallest trees leaned forward
as if to better see

my teachers call the house
your son they said

too young to wonder
what’s worse as I was punched

in the head and slapped
the anger of the man slashing at it

with a whip or its wish
to get up again and go on

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i picked at a scab today
by Casey Quinn

an old wound
long forgotten

it was just there,
healing

nature,
taking its course

but i
didn't let it.


i picked at the scab
and it bled

and the process was forced
to start over again.



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Water Cycle
by Oonah V. Joslin

Wood
waterlogged,
slippy with ice and moss
the fence
frozen this morning,
stream of steam swirls
clawing upwards
vaporous cloud
cools, cascades
flows back to
ground, soggy
beneath berried yew
to be sucked up
brackish again by
wood.






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Poets: Nero, Quinn and Hatfield

The Homoiconian Rest Home by Pepe Nero

"It’s a beautiful old place
a white classic american wood scroll gothic
with a porch running around all four sides."

my niece by Casey Quinn

"i had not

seen her in years i told her ..."

Feeding Ducks by Jim Hatfield

As I tore and cast upon the water half a
loaf of Mothers Pride, he advised that feed-
ing ducks was now a crime, punishable by a
statutory fine.


Heavisides, Bittner, Leppanen

Armstrong by Martin Heavisides

"I was tellin’ about the time when I was a little bitty boy in my mother’s hometown of Boutte, Louisiana. I was about five years old, cute little ol’ thing, too. Mayann, my mother you know, she said to me one morning, “Son, run down to the pond and get a bucket of water for your mama." And I cut out for that water, and Mayann dug me when I come back without the water and poooh, boy! She said, “Boy, where is that water?" I said, “Well, mama, there’s a big old rusty alligator in that pond and I didn’t get that water." She said, “Oh, boy, go get that water. Don’t you know that alligator is scared of you as you are of him?" I told her, “Mama, if he’s scared of me as I am of him, that water ain’t fit to drink."
As quoted in Gary Giddins, Satchmo

“Roses are red
Violets are blue
Lucille’s are pink
I saw them on the clothesline"

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The Ethos of Capital-isthmus By Russell Bittner

What pay is this? Some chit now
long past due to get us roundly up
and out the door,
to squeeze a measly buck, redound a score,
then shuck, to gutted towns, our shell-
shocked crew? Like hell you'll clear us
out and push us through, demanding,
time-cards swiped, we quit the floor
and not-like peevish children-
scream for more, but take our bul-
lied selves elsewhere for brew! I
tell you, China's coast is far from
clear;
and China's sum of us is no less dim.
So go now-take your cash where
it may still win hearts and minds
not scarified by beer and will, no
doubt, find skillful hands to trim
the scrim of your next threadbare, off-shore thrill.

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The Irritating Stiffie by Dennis Leppanen

I wouldn't have considered Harley Burgess as a matrimonial conquest. Not even a slightly remote possibility. You see, Pa hung himself the morning before Harley came around. My brother, Russell, two years my junior, built the casket while I dug the hole. Wished he would a found him, though. Pa’s face was purple hanging there, almost black. The move to the west had been especially cruel on Pa. A gentleman he was, a western farmer, he wasn’t.

I had turned nineteen, in the middle of the prairie, a randy woman in the middle of nowhere. Harley Burgess was pushing thirty, if not over the brink. Russell and I were busy packing up our meager belongings. Meager? After years living out east in near royalty. What we had become. The old farm in the middle of nowhere killed Pa. We decided to get, while the getting was good.

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The Nun and the Partisan by Pepe Nero

Sanctuary by Julie Innis

In Conversation: Russell Bittner and Marie Fitzpatrick


Alone Time by Gary Sprague

Jenny's Secret by Mimi Rosen

Rummaging by Roland Goity


Nobody told Marni by Martha Williams

Nobody told Marni that she couldn't walk from the church straight into the sea. Perhaps they assumed she knew, but more likely her faraway face frightened them into their collars which rose every time they passed her pew and again by the gate. And so she walked from God's house into Neptune's halls and the surf drenched her Sunday best as she twirled her way home.

Nobody told Marni that she shouldn't love a woman. Perhaps they thought it wasn't their business, but more likely they couldn't find an opening line that didn't daunt them and Marni never spoke first. And so in love as she was, no-one dared question how or who when Marni's belly swelled and her cries circled a harvest moon and came back higher-pitched.

Nobody told Marni that you can't stand by the school gate in bare feet. Nobody told Marni that she was looking thin when she wandered into town with the sun shining from her shaven scalp. Even when they all realised, nobody told Marni that she was going to die.

Perhaps they assumed she knew, but more likely they didn't want a dying woman looking into any eye too grateful for its own life. Too glad that this was not their body punctured under lights that made every laugh seem stretched and every vein look like ink on wet paper. Too relieved that they were different.

And so without being told, Marni stood up, took two hands, and like a bowsprit towed them to the barefoot beach where the eastern light met her eyes and raised a sea mist to soothe her skin.

There, in the silence between her lover and child and with the ocean kissing her thighs, Marni heard the promises and smiled.



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- 2010 - Williams

Frontierland by Norah Piehl

Pa did not like a country so old and worn out that the hunting was poor. He wanted to go west. For two years he had wanted to go west and take a homestead, but Ma did not want to leave the settled country.
--Laura Ingalls Wilder, By The Shores of Silver Lake



Carl found a condo with a view of the Empire State Building, but imagined bunking down under the stars. He fell asleep each night to a recording of wind rustling prairie grasses, crickets marking time, coyotes ominously keeping watch, their distant howls drowning out the cab horns and the guy who stood outside the Herald Square Hotel screamingly exhorting tourists to turn back, repent before it was too late. Sometimes Carl fancied the buses cruising down Lexington were prairie schooners under sail, on their way to boroughs yet unknown.

He discovered Charlotte at Whole Foods. Her basket held New Jersey tomatoes and organic onions, whole-wheat flour, brown rice, a basil plant to place on a sunny windowsill. She studied a shrink-wrapped package of mushrooms, turned to him as casually as if they had been shopping together for years. “These come from Pennsylvania," she said. “Do you think that’s okay?" He knew exactly what she meant, even before she spoke again. “I want to make my own spaghetti sauce," she said, “but there’s no such thing as a locally-grown mushroom, not here, anyway." Her freckled face shone pale under her broad sun hat.

The replica cabin was a rest area by the side of the Wisconsin highway, an afterthought for most, a convenient place for passersby to empty the McDonald’s wrappers from their car, to buy a pop, take a crap, and--oh yeah--to snap a picture in front of that first Little House.


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The Road to Clara by Cate Stevens - Davis

Art Gallery 2010

Theresa Defused by Frank Dineen

Failure by Susan Teppen


Snails on the Road by Rebecca Burns

THERE WERE SNAILS ON THE ROAD to the tapas bar. They had oozed over from a scrub of undeveloped land beside the main street into town. Grandma shouted a warning from up ahead, shading her eyes as she turned back to face us, squinting into the sun. But Mum didn’t swerve to avoid the little creatures littering the road. Instead they were crushed under the wheels of Toby’s buggy as Mum pushed him straight on; their shells disintegrated with tiny pops that reminded me of the gravel on our drive at home, churned up into a sharp spray by spinning wheels.

Mum’s jaw was set, and I couldn’t see her eyes behind the dark glasses she’ d worn all week. I tried not to think of the snails’ soft bodies being pulped into the concrete.


It was early evening but the heat was still stifling. We’ d sat around the pool for most of the morning with Grandma whilst Mum slept in the villa. Grandma was strong and had easily held Toby in the shallow end, letting his twisted legs float to the surface in a way that delighted him. He squealed and drooled, thrashing his head from side to side, soaking us both. But we didn’t mind. It felt good to see him so happy.

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Barataria Bay
by Nonnie Augustine

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Camlin
by M.V.Horan

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learning to fly
by Wilmonte Johnson

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Her
by Mike Berger

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Shapeshifting
by Gemma Meek

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Summer Archive 2010: Grochalski, Meek,Scotellaro

dirty fingernails

she has dirty fingernails

she stops us and asks
for a quarter

Butterfly Service

There were butterflies
dancing against the light,
the stained glass of Jesus
changing them into shadows.

Commas

A grandmother now, she lives a life rife with careful pauses. A long-tailed calligraphy of fits and starts.


Barry, Nero, Reese

Bird Watching

The Abyss of Human Illusion

Sometimes


Compton, Keith, Walker and Swage

Six Micros by Sheldon Compton

RESIDUE
The shell casing slow motions-skyward, drop-floats back to rye grass, brass in a tight coat of gunpowder. Many others, random as dandelions, are found by the sunlight, gathered, handed out to wilt between our fingers, in pockets. A cousin reminds us to wash with lots of soap after touching them. Lead residue. Still warm in our hands, the poison slow motions, too.

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The Sick House by Michael C. Keith

The story about that creepy old house goes something like this. Almost two years ago all the kids that lived there got polio and one, a little girl named Sara, died. This drove her parents crazy and they disappeared with their two other kids, who were crippled by the disease. No one has heard from them since, and some say they went out into the Narragansett Bay on their dad’s small fishing boat and drowned during a storm, but no bodies have ever been found.

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The Thief and the Baby by Townsend Walker

People sometimes talk about the peacefulness of fog. A morning wrap that calms. Obliterates time. Forgives.

Gino woke up late that morning. He'd had trouble sleeping. The robbery hadn't gone smoothly. There'd been someone in the apartment and he’ d been forced to deal with her. He shook off the memory, jumped into his blue coveralls and went into the kitchen.

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A Painful Truth by Ethan Swage

No school today for Kyle Jagot, although he's not happy about it. He's scared to leave the bathroom, scared that if he ventures too far away from the toilet he may let go again-the sit-down kind.

Despite Kyle's objections, his mother barges in. He's wedged between tub and toilet, doubled over, rocking, crossed forearms pressed tightly beneath his belly. She dabs a moist washcloth to his forehead, asks him what other symptoms he has had.

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Poetry: Ann Walters

The Way Light Falls at Four in the Morning by Ann Walters

Unexpected Bats by Ann Walters

To Pierce the Sky by Ann Walters

The Dancer by Ann Walters

Desert Roses, 1994 by Ann Walters



January by Marie Fitzpatrick

White Out by Nancy Norton

In the Depths of Winter by Nancy Norton

THE MUDMEN by Mikal Hubber


Summer Art and Photography 2009



Poets: Eccles, Murray. Long, Dallingan

Flask Against the Stone

on this scarlet night
the mountain aflame
forest life screams in the air
terrified creatures
bolting everywhere

my heart bums
with their fear a shard of
glass reflected the sun rays
created this firestorm day

why is the drunkard
not here to behold
the flare of his flask
thrown against stone




Won't You Please Stand Up

Won't you please look up
to where that young girl
looks down hoping you'll
overlook weathered shoes?
You'll cross through the crowd,
through the breakers of dancers
to say she's the one that
you choose.

Won't you please stand up
and shake the shivered nerve
endings, into magnetic sounds
that young love understands?
She will know each new step.
She will sense your arrival.
She will reach out and lend you
her hand.

Won't you please step out,
through your young fellow dancers?
Lay her head to your shoulder,
hands gently in line.
You don't touch the floor
by means that escape you
as you'11 move in three
quarter time.


Won't you please stand up
and grant me my pardon,
as I leave you young men
so awkward you see?
My best hope's to hope
on your east-rising of manhood
that you'll be better dancers
than me.

-- 2008 Murray

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All our Years

She leaves softly
the bed she makes for me,
sets the house in order before I wake.

On the table
places my meal without fuss,
tendering to me
as a good wife will.

Our needs met in order
as they rise,
she to mine and I to hers.
Those kindnesses

and all our years crush
to one moment
when her life goes out,
stops on the page.

In memoriam, sheets lie
crumpled
the table is not set
and flowers go dry
in the vase.




Island by Mark Dallingan


No breaking news
sky, sea and rock,
my islands meteorology.

No highway noise
but tidal ebb and flow,
for soft white sound.

No crowded streets
but rock pools brimming
with mussel, crab and shrimp.

-2008-Dalligan

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Fiction: Bittner, Beaumont and Gebbie

Allegory by Russell Bittner

Reading in Bed by Digby Beaumont

Ed’s Wife and Other Creatures by Vanessa Gebbie


Micro: Walters, Murray, Long, McMann

Don Diego ... at Ojo Caliente

real Hollywood outcalls

Kelly's Orchard

Hardball

Essay and Poem

I Am Being Everybody They Cried: Peter Barnes (1931-2004) by Martin Heavisides

Prologue


DIOGENES: I thought those who came after would be better. Wrong! What can the comforting deceptions of philosophy signify in the face of truth, which is always the same --nothing ends well. I should have studied emptiness, nothing, instead of virtue. The gods tried to tell me. One night I was huddled in my barrel, trying to sleep. The snow was falling outside and I heard the gods praising me for my discussion on emptiness, nothing. 'But I haven't said anything,' I told them. 'You haven't said anything as we haven't heard anything: that's true emptiness,' they replied. I should've studied emptiness and midwives should give up their calling; it's a crime against mankind to inflict life on another human being.

THE REAL LONG JOHN SILVER, pp. 50-51






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"The Moon and The Stars"


Poets: Mannone, Berger, Hiss, Kiernan

The Smell of Bubbles

Credo

As a psychologist, I have seen 1000/attempts to avoid responsibility for/a troubled child./"It's a chemical imbalance; it's the schools;/it's the medication; it's uncle Harry."

The Dragon

When you first told me about/the dragon tattoo, I didn't/believe you were preppy 101,/clean cut in your wool sweater/and dockers. I wasnFt sure/I wanted to see your legs,/lean and pale;

Musings chanced upon in the quiet of Inniscrone

Short Stories

High Water

Willy was born delighted in the middle of a rainstorm that threatened to flood the root cellar where they were hiding from the lightning. She had wide-open blue eyes. Her tiny expressive face soundlessly oohed and aahed and grimaced and startled with each feeling from the very beginning and, soon, she had a coo of contentment that nurtured her mother and then a three-tone song of a laugh that always made her siblings smile. Thunderstorms and floods threatened them so often but Willy's birth let Mama engage with them easier from then on.

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The River Thief

English Wells fought the Pumquich River for forty years, moving his will ever by degrees at it. "By God, Miriam," he often said to his wife, "I'll go at it until I drop, most likely. What you work for, you get. You get what you work for." English, lacking funds or worldly promise, wanted to steal more land from this side of the river, to push his small estate out over the river#s run, to claim energy's due.


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Carey, Beaumont and Augustine

The Enchantment by Donia Carey

The New Man by Digby Beaumont

Harry's Bar by Nonnie Augustine


Short Stories: Svehaug, Wilcox, Joseph, Sheehan

High Water by Eric Svehaug

Mr. Wyandotte by Phoebe Wilcox

Photophobia by Niall Joseph

The River Thief by Tom Sheehan


Poetry: Clarke, Johnson, Locke

A Workhorse Of A Different Colour

Berenika

Yang Chu's Poem 86

Poetry: Saunders and Good

This Morning I met Seamus Heaney ...

The Game

an armed man lurks in ambush

Tudor, Ferraro, Good

Amy in the Dark

Buenos Aires: A Literary City

personal history

Tepper, Ismail, (Karachi, Pakistan)

Hiding

"Every night I go alone to the theatre. Because Denis is French and married and running this hotel, he never gets to the theatre. I regale him about this or that play. I tell him London is somewhat like New York only way better. Laughing, he disputes my claim saying New York is still the best city in the world."

A Gentle Heart (Obit)

"I would lie in bed watching her morning ritual with a statuette of Buddha looking on as well. This would begin with greetings by birds chirping in her garden on bushes of red and yellow exora, hibiscus flowers, graceful palms, butterflies, and clay figurines of ducks and elephants. Her bed was right alongside a window to the garden and the curtains were never drawn."

Story: West, Fitzpatrick, Fox, Joy

"Life's a Beach" offers a charming blend of observation, contemplation, and unexpected twists, inviting readers to ponder the intricacies of existence against the timeless backdrop of the sea.

Fitzpatrick's prose invites readers into a world where past and present converge, where ancient gods still hold sway over the land, and where the timeless beauty of Egypt's landscapes is illuminated by both natural and artificial light.

"The Night of the Fox" leaves readers with a haunting reflection on the fragility of human relationships and the resilience required to navigate the unpredictable terrain of life.

The story beautifully captures the complexity of human nature, as Vitoria reflects on her past mistakes and the desire for validation and respect. Despite her past transgressions, she ultimately seeks to redeem herself and prove her worth as a good person.

Appleyard: ZoBell, Creith, Mascarino, Carey

Faith

Ribs of sunken galleons

Sam and Frank--Old Friends

Russian roulette

Cold, Cold Heart by Jim Haughey

No estaba seguro de cuanto tiempo habia estado el cuerpo all. Una, tal vez dos semanas. El olor se habia asentado tan intensamente en el dormitorio que, aunque se quedó alli solo unos minutos cada vez, estaba asombrado de lo profundamente que el olor invadia la tela de su ropa. El olor de los organos atrofiandose. Los globos oculares se convirtieron en pequeños orbes de gelatina gris mate.


Story: Linden and Olson

On walkabout from the cafe, tired of city lights, Ma, the shaman, catches a bus from the downtown station to the end of the line. Here, Ma runs with emus through the red desert dust and eats bush cucumbers in full fruit.

After absorbing electricity from lightning, she flies with the magpies to places of desire, waterholes of power, canyons where cave dwellers recorded their first Dreamings. She descends to a land inhabited by tiny rock sprites who bow to the shaman's journey and beg to honor her wish. For inspiration, Ma requests the creation of a sand painting.

The sun was just rising in West Central Minnesota, brazing the horizon a magenta color as upkicked dust lilted behind a Chevrolet truck that rumbled down the long gravel driveway. The truck pulled onto a paved county road that reached out for miles on an even plain. The only signs of civilization outside of Jay’s passenger side window were the railroad tracks running parallel to the road and the high-voltage power lines off in the distance--giants standing above the wheat and corn and beets. Tyler, Jay’s cousin and a year his junior, flipped on the radio.

O'Callaghan's storytelling is both poignant and thought-provoking, leaving a lasting impression on the reader. "Goodbye My Coney Island Baby" is a testament to the power of short fiction in exploring the human condition and the intricate tapestry of emotions that define our existence.

The art wall from Spring 2013 features various artworks, including pieces by notable artists like Abanindranath Tagore and Jessie Wilcox Smith, as well as works by Paul Klee. This collection showcases a range of artistic styles and subjects, reflecting the diverse creative expression of these artists. For a detailed view of the artworks and more information about the artists, you can visit the page directly by clicking through.

Ray, Berg, Claffey

In plucked and scrambled, the protagonist's inability to find a 'yawning tree' --a metaphor for a safe, nurturing space -- highlights a sense of entrapment and a longing for escape or transformation.

Bill on the Hill captures the essence of a winter day, where the main character, Carrie, is engrossed in the simple joys of sledding and experiencing the first flutters of childhood romance.

Claffey's writing in this short piece demonstrates a remarkable talent for capturing complex emotions and creating vivid imagery as he intertwines the themes of loss, grief, and the relentless passage of time i


Pisello, Cihlar, Mahagin

Oak and Maple by Janice Pisello

I still see it. The deterioration of this old house. She has masked it with navy paint and new shutters, but it is drowning. Sinking into itself. There are snakes and raccoons in the walls, clawing at night like twigs over siding. Exterminators have been called. Redialed.

A Brief Encounter by Lisa Cihlar

The wolf at my door asks to use the telephone. Seems the radio collar around his neck won’t tune in to his favorite Jazz and Blues station any more.

Dennis Mahagin: ...Semi Embittered Lifetime AA Batter

n the dugout I listened to a hell/of a lot of Muddy Waters.
There was this one/old blue oil drum/where bushers spit their/bubble gum and tobacco/chew, gave off a cologne/like pot/roast prepared/mostly to fool you.

Ritchie, Classic Kafka, Cihlar

Discover the gripping tale of Samuel Jackson's escape from slavery, intertwined with the Underground Railroad and a mysterious Virginia ham. A historical narrative filled with tension, humor, and hope

Kafka's narrative leaves us with questions about the nature of authority, the pursuit of knowledge, and the futility of waiting for external validation or answers.

It's wonderful piece that invites reflection on life, death, and the enduring beauty that can be found even in the most unexpected places.

Managan, Augustine, Collins

Angelic by Yvette Managan beautifully intertwines themes of love, passion, loss, and the haunting presence of the past, all while navigating the intricate dance of human emotions and interactions.

"Simple Tilly" is not just a story about a young girlFs encounter with love and betrayal; it is a reflection on the strength of the human spirit in the face of lifeFs adversities. It speaks to the universal themes of love, loss, and the search for belonging

Learning to Fly by Anne Collisn is a reflection on the strength of the human spirit in the face of life's adversities. It speaks to the universal themes of love, loss, and the search for belonging and acceptance.

Story: Managan, Collins and Soto

"In The Closet" by Yvette Managan explores Mary's reflective journey through marriage to self-discovery. Amid memories and a symbolic dress, she navigates identity, resilience, and change, culminating in a choice that defines her path to independence and authenticity. A poignant tale of transformation


"Smell of Rain" by Ramon Collins explores the reflective moments of Henry Jenkins, a former baseball champion, as he confronts aging, legacy, and mortality on his porch, amidst the backdrop of an impending storm and personal battles, encapsulating lifeFs transient beauty and inevitable changes


A humorous tale of a grandmother's struggle with tiny print on a medication bottle, reflecting on generational gaps, accessibility, and globalization. A witty exploration of aging in a modern world.


Story: Scurvy Bastard and Managan

In the hands of the author what could have been a simple anecdote transforms into a layered exploration of tradition, identity, and the enduring power of shared moments.

The story is a poignant reminder that sometimes, the most profound connections in our lives are those that cannot be neatly captured or preserved, but instead linger on the edges of our consciousness, shaping us in ways we may never fully understand.

Story: Fitzpatrick, Patrick, Miller

"Eden" is a richly layered work that invites multiple readings, each uncovering new dimensions of interaction between the natural world and human history. It weaves a complex narrative that invites reflection on the beauty and transience of existence.

Patrick's ability to weave together memories, emotions, and the symbolic power of water results in a narrative that is both touching and resonant, leaving a lasting impression on the reader.


Miller's succinct storytelling invites readers to reflect on the meaning of companionship, the evolution of relationships over time, and the ways in which individuals navigate the expectations placed upon them by society and themselves.


Edtorials: Cavelli, Augustine, Collins

The editorial underscores a particularly transformative moment in Kelly's career when her cover art for an Oprah Winfrey Book Club selection led to a collaboration with a trauma therapist. This partnership introduced her portraiture as a medium for healing within women's therapy groups in Arizona and Ireland, showcasing the profound impact art can have on healing and emotional exploration.

Augustine's reflections resonate. They not only affirm the value of poetry in personal and communal healing but also highlight the creative challenge of making poetry accessible and relevant to contemporary audiences. This editorial encapsulates the belief that poetry is not an esoteric art form reserved for the few but a fundamental aspect of human expression that connects us all, from the youngest child to the seasoned artist.

Collins' view that micro and flash fiction are here to stay is reflective of broader trends in content consumption. As people navigate increasingly busy lives and face constant bombardment by information from various sources, the appeal of concise, impactful storytelling that allows for quick but meaningful engagement is undeniable. These shorter forms of fiction offer a space for creativity and reflection that fits neatly into the rhythm of contemporary life, suggesting that they will indeed play a significant role in the future of storytelling.

Poetry: Augustine, Walters, Bittner

Nonnie Augustine's 'In Time' is a poetic reflection on love, companionship, and the artful embrace of life's journey, inviting readers to appreciate the beauty in the details and the richness of shared experiences.

Walters captures the essence of a moment suspended in time, where the grandeur of the Grand Canyon in winter mirrors the depth and beauty of a shared love.

"Out of Rock! NOW" is a powerful piece that delves into the complexities of human relationships, the hard work of building a life together, and the pain of seeing shared dreams crumble.

Poetry: Managan, Walters, Bittner

Managan's poem is rich with layers, offering a critique wrapped in the beauty and violence of a landscape that's both inviting and repelling.

Walters' poem is a tribute to the power of nature, history, and human connection. It invites readers to reflect on their own journeys and the landscapes that hold significance in their lives.

Through its evocative imagery and emotional depth, "Flight 103 to Lockerbie: Happy Anniversary" captures the complex interplay of personal and collective memory, the beauty and violence of nature, and the enduring impact of loss.

Poetry: Fitzpatrick, Managan, Fitzpatrick

"State of Rapture" is a powerful meditation on the intersections of mental health, spirituality, and love. It challenges readers to reconsider their perceptions of mental health conditions, not as mere deficits or diseases but as potential gateways to deeper, albeit different, forms of awareness and connection.

Managan's use of vivid imagery and the progression from past to future create a layered narrative that speaks to the complexities of human emotions and relationships. The poem navigates through themes of guilt, beauty, mortality, and anxiety, leaving the reader with a sense of the profound impacts of our actions and experiences across time.

"You Went A Courtin" is a thought-provoking poem that skillfully blends historical, cultural, and personal elements to explore the depth of human experience. It invites readers to reflect on their own rituals, beliefs, and the mirrors through which they view themselves and others.

Poetry: Brennan and Holland

This piece delicately balances modern slang with deep emotional truths, encapsulating a moment of personal revelation with simplicity and depth. Brennan's choice of language and imagery evokes a sense of youthful naivety and wisdom, a reminder of the complex emotions that come with human relationships.

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"Once I Wore a Red Bikini" beautifully marries the personal with the universal, reminding us that while our bodies and circumstances may change, the memories of who we once were and the moments we cherished remain intact, offering both solace and a bridge to our past selves.

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Holland's poem captures the dualities within the canine world and our relationship with it: the domesticated versus the wild, control versus freedom, and companionship versus utility.

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"Weathervane" by Tiff Holland is a powerful and vividly imaginative poem that delves into the themes of coping mechanisms, the quest for mental silence, and the struggle against overwhelming internal noise. The imagery Holland uses is striking, blending the mundane with the fantastical to illustrate the lengths one might go to in order to find peace and clarity amidst chaos.

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Poetry: Jackson, Hart, Reilly

Jacksons' opening lines, "Last year she was undoing a lifetime of knots, swimming in rancor under pods of mimosa," instantly set a tone of reflection and self-discovery

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Through its rich imagery and contemplative tone, JacksonFs poem seems to suggest that in the constant flow of life and nature, there are moments of beauty and revelation, even if they are as transient as the riverFs course. It speaks to the heartFs capacity for wonder, pain, and ultimately, transformation.

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Hart's metaphor "Just for old time's sake" and the comparison of aging to "rings in trees" are reflective moments that underscore the changing nature of life and the constants that remain—such as the desire to connect and the shared experiences that define a community.

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Newman, a cardinal and theologian who converted to Catholicism, was a significant figure in the religious landscape of the 19th century. His relationship with Ambrose St. John was notably deep, often described in terms that today might suggest a profound, possibly platonic, love.

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