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Story: Bernbaum, Elvy, Butterworth and Heavisides

Je' Va Gave Up is a thought-provoking tale by Howard Bernbaum. Set in a breathtaking savannah, this story delves into themes of creation, human nature, and morality through a deep conversation between Je'va, a creator-like figure, and Pete, his confidante."

In "Harmony," a woman grapples with grief and the surreal nature of loss at her father's funeral. The story interweaves the lives of four sisters, their enduring connection, and the vivid tapestry of emotions spanning seventy year

Explore Ian Butterworths poignant tales of love, betrayal, and the quest for meaning amidst life's deepest challenges. Four interwoven stories reveal the complexities of human relationships and the resilience of the spirit

Martin Heavisides' essay on William Blake, delves into the inseparable nature of Blake's visual and literary art. Discover a nuanced critique challenging traditional views and celebrating Blake's comprehensive genius in both poetry and visual artistry

Story: Gilkes, McClay, Sheehan, Flys

Through Harry's story, Gilkes celebrates the joy of discovery, the warmth of human interactions, and the inevitable intertwining of luck and skill in the pursuit of one's interests.

Matchsticks not Money by Deirdre McClay, is a poignant tale of family, grief, and legacy set against an Irish backdrop. Follow Maire's homecoming journey, navigating complex relationships and personal growth amidst loss. A story of reconciliation and finding one's path

V for Victor by Tom Sheehan is a mesmerizing tale of friendship and mysterious talent, following VictorFs inexplicable, divine-like singing gift that surfaces every five years, leaving those around him in awe. A story of wonder, destiny, and the unexplainable magic within the mundane.

Explore the symbolic journey of Road to Golgotha by Yvette Flys, a tale of legacy, temptation, and redemption. Delve into a reimagined biblical quest where a son's mission intertwines with myth, revealing deep reflections on life, death, and the human spirit

Poetry: Long, Ferraro, Robillard

Long's 'Winging It,' is poignant piece that reflects on the departure of a loved one and the enduring connection between the living and the departed. encapsulated in the imagery of cranes' flight.

Explore the soul of Cuba through its rich literary heritage. From José Mart'is poetic advocacy to Nicols Guillén'sa rhythmic verses, discover the vibrant spirit, deep cultural roots, and the enduring quest for freedom in Cuban literature. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Cuba's literary landscape.

Through a series of vivid metaphors and images, Robillard transforms the celestial body into a symbol of endless inspiration, blending elements of art, nature, and the human experience. From the first note on a piano to the symphony of life, this poem invites readers to view the moon as a muse for the creative soul,

Classic and Contemporary Poetry, Blake, Owens, Bennett, Lopez and Baker

Blake's poem is a call to awaken a deeper, more holistic awareness of our place in the cosmos, advocating for a life lived in harmony with the natural world and attuned to the interconnectedness of all things. Through "Auguries of Innocence," Blake not only critiques the moral and spiritual failings of his time but also offers a timeless vision of hope and redemption through the recognition of the sacred in the everyday.

Rise by James Owens

"Rise" stands as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, suggesting that it is precisely through confronting our deepest sorrows that we may find the most profound moments of beauty and transcendence.

, "Transfiguration" explores the idea of change--whether it be through the passage of time, the impact of nature, or the deep connections between people. It suggests that beauty and meaning can be found in the ephemeral, in the spaces between words and moments. The poem leaves the reader with a sense of longing and reflection, inviting them to consider their own experiences of transformation and the landscapes, both internal and external, that shape them.

Freakbeat #1 by Marty Lopez

"Freakbeat #1" is a deeply emotional exploration of the human need for connection, the search for escape from the mundane, and the painful realities of love and loss. Marty Lopez uses vivid imagery and metaphor to create a piece that resonates with the raw, unfiltered essence of life's most intense moments.

Breakers by Bobby Steve Baker

"Breakers" is a poetic exploration of the boundary between safety and freedom, the individuals relationship with nature, and the process of growth and self-discovery. It celebrates the youthful spirit of adventure and the human capacity to find meaning and joy in the face of life's unpredictable waves.

Poetry: Fitzpatrick, Robillard, Bennett

Through 'The Melody and the Song,' we are transported to a world where the magic of storytelling and the power of nature converge, offering us a glimpse into the heart of what it means to be part of a family, part of the endless cycle of tales and melodies that bind us a

Robillards' poem will resonate with with anyone who has experienced the transition from childhood to adulthood, evoking both nostalgia for what is lost and an appreciation for the growth that change brings.

A call to embrace the cycles of life, with all their complexities and nuances, and to find beauty in the familiarity of the recurring themes that shape our existence.

Explore 'The Source of Madder' by Maria Isakova Bennett, a vivid poem in The Linnet's Wings 2013 Winter Issue, delving into art's essence, creation, and transformation through the alchemy of madder dye.

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Editors for the Issue

Managing Editor
M. Lynam Fitzpatrick

Bill West

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Nonnie Augustine
Yvette Wielhouwer Flis

Diana Ferraro
Marie Fitzpatrick

Consulting on Copy
Digby Beaumont

Spanish Translations
Diana Ferraro

Contributing Editors
Martin Heavisides

Photography Editor
Maia Cavelli

Layout and Design
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Auguries of Innocence by William Blake

TO see a world in a grain of sand,/And a heaven in a wild flower,/Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,/And eternity in an hour.

A robin redbreast in a cage/Puts all heaven in a rage./A dove-house fill’ d with doves and pigeons/Shudders hell thro’ all its regions.

A dog starv’ d at his master’s gate/Predicts the ruin of the state./A horse misused upon the road/Calls to heaven for human blood.

Each outcry of the hunted hare/A fibre from the brain does tear./A skylark wounded in the wing,/A cherubim does cease to sing.

The game-cock clipt and arm’ d for fight/Does the rising sun affright./Every wolf’s and lion’s howl/Raises from hell a human soul.

The wild deer, wand’ ring here and there,/Keeps the human soul from care./The lamb misus’ d breeds public strife,/And yet forgives the butcher’s knife.

The bat that flits at close of eve/Has left the brain that won’t believe./The owl that calls upon the night/Speaks the unbeliever’s fright.

He who shall hurt the little wren/Shall never be belov’ d by men./He who the ox to wrath has mov’d/Shall never be by woman lov’ d.

The wanton boy that kills the fly/Shall feel the spider’s enmity./He who torments the chafer’s sprite/Weaves a bower in endless night.


The caterpillar on the leaf/Repeats to thee thy mother’s grief./Kill not the moth nor butterfly,/For the last judgment draweth nigh.

He who shall train the horse to war/Shall never pass the polar bar./The beggar’s dog and widow’s cat,/Feed them and thou wilt grow fat.

The gnat that sings his summer’s song/Poison gets from slander’s tongue./The poison of the snake and newt/Is the sweat of envy’s foot.

The poison of the honey bee/Is the artist’s jealousy./The prince’s robes and beggar’s rags/Are toadstools on the miser’s bags.

A truth that’s told with bad intent/Beats all the lies you can invent./It is right it should be so;/Man was made for joy and woe;

And when this we rightly know,/Thro’ the world we safely go./Joy and woe are woven fine,/A clothing for the soul divine.

Under every grief and pine/Runs a joy with silken twine./The babe is more than swaddling bands;/Throughout all these human lands


Tools were made, and born were hands,/Every farmer understands./Every tear from every eye/Becomes a babe in eternity;

This is caught by females bright,/And return’ d to its own delight./The bleat, the bark, bellow, and roar,/Are waves that beat on heaven’s shore.

The babe that weeps the rod beneath/Writes revenge in realms of death./The beggar’s rags, fluttering in air,/Does to rags the heavens tear.

The soldier, arm’ d with sword and gun,/Palsied strikes the summer’s sun./The poor man’s farthing is worth more/Than all the gold on Afric’s shore.

One mite wrung from the lab’ rer’s hands/Shall buy and sell the miser’s lands;/Or, if protected from on high,/Does that whole nation sell and buy.

He who mocks the infant’s faith/Shall be mock’ d in age and death./He who shall teach the child to doubt/The rotting grave shall ne’ er get out.

He who respects the infant’s faith/Triumphs over hell and death./The child’s toys and the old man’s reasons/Are the fruits of the two seasons.

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