Oak and Maple by Janice Pisello
A Brief Encounter by Lisa Cihlar
Dennis Mahagin: ...Semi Embittered Lifetime AA Batter
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
(translated 2011 by Russell Bittner)
Hallo one last time, dearest mother of mine,
___I trust that you’re keeping my bed
as white as our birches; as starched as our
___pine; as clear as our sky overhead.
The rumour now runs: my old mother misses
___some devil--apparently me.
That devil, in truth, remembers her kisses,
___her ratty old coat and her tea.
Some evenings, I’ll wager, the vision’s
___perverse: a tavern; your boy in a brawl
with sailors whose cunning eviscerates;
___worse: his entrails drip script down a wall.
Now pause for a moment to think this one
___through; don’t tell me I’ve failed to comply
with wending what may not seem homeward to
___you, but is, with a kiss, on the fly.
I think rather not --and trust you’ll make
___haste to give this old rumour the lie.
The truth is I’m homesick and don’t want to
___waste one swinish night more in this sty.
In spring, I’ll come running back home to
___arms outstretched, bearing handfuls of sage,
if you’ll just relinquish those motherly
___charms that can’t come to grips with my age
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
Weightless by Monica Caspar
Two on the Way by JWM Morgan
Sweetie and Jack by Nonnie Augustine
Birthday Tales for Dickens
With affection beaming out of one eye, and calculation shining out of the other.
A Brief Encounter
De Friday Nite Party
The Grandmother's Day
Interview from Quesada by Alejandra Tuninetti
Lament by John C. Mannone
M. Lynam Fitzpatrick
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