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“Beauty of expression is so akin to the voice of the sea.”
George Matthew Adams

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We enjoyed
the symmetry of walks
and peeled sex
without caring
what does damnation
exactly mean.
A fucking phone call
changed the gravitational field
of her facial nuances
like the election manifesto
of a ruling party.
Wrapping up the mornings
in old newspapers
and putting them
into our trousers' pockets
we sucked South Avenue
grabbing with our fingers
until the juice of crocus petals
drips intricately from its twig.

- Bhargab Chatterjee

(1 poem added 08.27.14)

editor's note: Love's juices flow like infatuation with a flower. (We welcome Bhargab to our crazy congress of Contributing Poets with this poem. Read more of his madness on his new page - check it out!) - mh


Half a white pearl, oyster from the sea
Never a whole, largely symbolic
Of the encompassing restlessness.
Inside me is an ocean
I bear the same weight, and lightness
It is the oddest of combinations
But I find a balance.
The lull of the pill inside me
On the crevices of my plague.
It colours its effect, I am emptied.
I lie quietly in my sheets
The dreams of blood fizzle in
And out, like breezes in a field.
The second is pink, to counter thoughts
It kills my suicide and makes me silly
Like a woman on shots of alcohol and men.
When I am not white, I am bright red.
It matches my skin in its clumsy cycle.
There are voids, depressions.
Filled, come furnaces.
Who was I before our matrimony?
I am a disaster.
The waves pull in and out.
I am the atmosphere.

- Alainah Aamir

(added 08.26.14)

editor's note: Vows, "for better or worse." We suffer both, either way; like atmosphere. - mh

Big City Din

Then it was snow. Morning dove telling its story, same old same old.
A cat last seen. Where-
                                  abouts. Scented air
distinctly not of rain or its infatuation with metal.
For when the glove is not on, it mimics:
                                  pause; not being a hand.
Balls from sycamores drop, fuzz to be kicked around.
Aren't any buses today, just their sounds.

- Philip Kobylarz

(added 08.25.14)

editor's note: Sometimes, all we need is the noise. - mh

Ghost house

Passing through
The country
The sight of a
Worn out house
Missing to master
Who, is sinking
In the quicksand
Of material modish

Who will see?
A fallen slate
Leaking roof
And plastered
Moss, of: a wall.

- Hem Raj Bastola

(2 poems added 08.24.14)

editor's note: Material Man's lasting legacy; something for the cockroaches to climb. (See another new memorial on Hem's page, check it out!) - mh

The corpse in the garden

the corpse in the garden
has laid there six days
the sun burns hot
and the garden stinks

a man of clay should go out
and prod that body
with a sharp stick,
see if white worms
bubble from the skin

check for a wallet
and maybe a name
keep the cash
if there is no i.d.
assume it is god.

- Joseph Farley

(1 poem added 08.23.14)

editor's note: What comes from letting the dead do the burying. - mh

Our Mother

“The earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth.”
~ Chief Seattle, The Chief Seattle's Speech

Does she want us
   did she ever ---
Or will she weary of our silliness
   and shake us from
      her noble cloak
         like vexing flecks of lint

- Sandra Rokoff-Lizut

(added 08.22.14)

editor's note: Yes, very likely, she will. What's our plan for shrug survival? - mh

Color Wheel

I want her there in the purple
dark of the nighttime
I want her there in the amber
red of the Tuesday dawn
there in the powder blue
or some random afternoon
when frost is still on windows
when day has given away light
when the light shines later
in the conflagration of autumn,
old man with flecks of grey
when tide meets the edge of mind
when the moon sends it flying
backward into the birthplace.

- JD DeHart

(added 08.21.14)

editor's note: Yes! Me, too; her, it, all. - mh

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Ann B-D
Jhon Baker
Claude Barrett
Amy Barry
Gene Barry
Hem Raj Bastola *
Gary Beck
Gayle Bell
Mike Berger
Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal
Sheighle Birdthistle
Alan Britt
James Brown
Heather M. Browne
Melanie Browne
Sissy Buckles
Arun Budhathoki
Francesca Castaño
Bhargab Chatterjee *
Kanchan Chatterjee
Ralph-Michael Chiaia
Virginie Colline
Michael Corrigan
Rina Angela Corpus
Laurie Corzett
Hal J. Daniel III
Holly Day
P.K. Deb
Joseph D. DiLella
Paul Donnachie
Jesse Doughty
J.K. Durick
Rob Dyer
Joseph Elenbaas
Neil Ellman
Michael Estabrook
Joseph Farley *
Zach Fishel
Ryan Quinn Flanagan
Peggy Flora *
Ralph Freda
Taylor Gall
Rafael Andrade Garza
Derrick Gaskin
Silas Gorin
KJ Hannah Greenberg
John Grey
Jake Grieco
Tobias Griffin
John Grochalski
Kenneth P. Gurney
Alan Halford
Chris Hamilton
Zachary Scott Hamilton
Charlotte Hamrick
Dawnell Harrison
Paul Hellweg
R.A. Hernandez
Michael Holme
Paul Hostovsky
A.J. Huffman
Clinton Van Inman
Genevieve Jenkins
Ivan Jenson
Jeremy W. Johnson
Randall Johnson
Jericho Joyce
Santosh Kalwar
Carl Kavadlo
Michael R. King
Kay Kinghammer
Craig Kurtz
Nicole Kuwik
Michael Atreides Lair
Elissa Landrigan
Pd Lietz
Robert D. Lyons
Todd Macaulay
Donal Mahoney
Ally Malinenko
Louis Marvin
Silva Zanoyan Merjanian
Bradford Middleton
Steven Minchin
Rose Aiello Morales
John Najjar
Gina Nemo
B.Z. Niditch
Chiranjibi Niroula
Lisa Olson
Stephen Page
Jeffrey Park
Irena Pasvinter
Lilly Penhall
Robert E. Petras
Patty Dickson Pieczka
Timothy Pilgrim
Douglas Polk
Nalini Priyadarshni
Christopher Raley
Sam Rapth
Gayle Reaves-King
Roderick Richardson
Pere Risteski
Luke Ritta
Sy Roth
Walter Ruhlmann
Gianni Sacco
Opalina Salas
Paul Sexton
Lisa Shields
Ray Sharp
Roger G. Singer
Kayla Siobhan
Christopher Smith
Willie Smith
Desmene M. Statum
Alex L. Swartzentruber
David Thornbrugh
Melani Grace Tiongson
Paul Tristram
Kufre Udeme
Mel Waldman
Anthony Ward
Sheree La Puma-Watson
Bill Wolak
Brian Wood
Changming Yuan
Chris Zimmerly

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