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“Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of detail,
the choice of words, the exquisite care of execution.”
Theophile Gautier

featured poems

Of Things You Might Consider

the ram’s kiss
skin rough as alligator tongue
the feeling of fur.

cows in their peasant uniforms
wind piercing like a squeal: a pig
      in terror –

the pile of rose crumbs I’ve dropped
a needle through a teddy bear’s eye
mickey mouse hung from a
      string –

the delicacy I’m serving
things my hands do

the situation I’m containing.

- Richelle Dodaro

(added 09.01.14)

editor's note: Consider the caprice of poets; no containment here, but everything let loose - look out! - mh

Sale Item

The guy who sold me this
even guaranteed it
doesn’t work here now
that I need him and
his wonderful sense
that things will work
will go on – his brave
words in the face of
reality; certainty like
his shouldn’t pass
from this world, but
his former manager
and co-workers seem
reluctant to recall
his smiling face, his
way of getting a person
to walk out of here
with over-priced
potential junk
under his arm
on his plastic, smiling
completely sold
never guessing he’d be
back in two days
looking for someone
who may or may not
have worked here
sometime in the past.

- J.K. Durick

(2 poems added 08.31.14)

editor's note: Another victim, vanquished by a vanished, positive purveyor of products untried. Caveat emptor! (Read another one from J.K., deviled in the details, on his page - check it out!) - mh

Met him psychosis

Of the time of school and times tables,
Of numbers counted from zero
To an end, a ten, a twenty, a thirty.
An introduction to the idea of no end
Was all numbers plus the latest one,
And on, and on you would walk down
The dark tumbling roads towards a home
With a wild birthday cake of sparkling candles
In the black sky, and then comes the shaking,
The unmentionable fear, the crying,
The muddying of knees, the mind slipping
A gear and reckoning with forever
For a moment stretching without end
And the body, all earthly and born,
Broke into pieces of an early death
While some other state mourns the boy.

Whistling in the dark fighting off floating
Nothing always surviving in the end.
Raggedy arms clutching at air. Some
Skin feeling the roll of wet shock - the body
Raising a flag of surrender to the end
And for a moment you lifting away,
Changing into some other universe,
Uncounted and unperceived, a place
Beyond the lick and sweat and electric
Shocks of the brain seated on warbling neck.

Some nothing resting at peace beyond
The screaming, loving, laughing, fighting.
Some nothing full of the everything that would
Come and the everything that would go away.
Some part knew of an end and the other,
That lost place of no mirroring self, that
Place of no worded understanding,
That place walking into that boy that night
From every place that never was born
In the shadow of this sun and her afterlight.

- Brendan McCormack

(5 poems added 08.30.14)

editor's note: "I'm so full," said the boy. "Full of what?" asked another. "Irrelevant question!" said the boy. (We welcome Brendan to our crazy confab of Contributing Poets with this submission. Read more of his intrinsic madness on his new page - do it! I said so!) - mh

All I Want

All I want from
the world is
this

your smile
in times of agony

bottle of
wine
one cigarette
in my left hand
matches
in the other
and your nipples
illuminating the room

while I am laughing
in our
bed

- Peycho Kanev

(1 poem added 08.29.14)

editor's note: Yes, we can write our verses by that light. (We welcome Peycho back to our ranks with this accepted submission. Get a refresher of his madness on his poetry page - check it out.) - mh

Lover’s Tussle

I won’t kiss you ’til we quarrel;
I want to know that you fight fair
and strong and long, with love;
so the worst of you accords
with your best that I adore.
Let us tussle, then rebound
refreshed for tempests
much more kind,
not less profound.

- Craig Kurtz

(2 poems added 08.28.14)

editor's note: I'll die for your love, if I can survive your wrath. (Another good one from Craig on his page, profundities from a glass-mashed moth - check it out.) - mh

Crocus

We enjoyed
the symmetry of walks
together,
smiled
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

Matrimony

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

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Tobias Griffin
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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
Randall Johnson
Jericho Joyce
Santosh Kalwar
Peycho Kanev *
Carl Kavadlo
Michael R. King
Kay Kinghammer
Craig Kurtz *
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Michael Atreides Lair
Elissa Landrigan
Pd Lietz
Todd Macaulay
Mandolyn
Donal Mahoney
Ally Malinenko
Louis Marvin
Brendan McCormack *
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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
satnrose
Paul Sexton
Lisa Shields
Roger G. Singer
Kayla Siobhan
Willie Smith
Desmene M. Statum
Alex L. Swartzentruber
David Thornbrugh
Melani Grace Tiongson
Paul Tristram
Kufre Udeme
Victory
Mel Waldman
Anthony Ward
Bill Wolak
Brian Wood
Changming Yuan
Chris Zimmerly

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