A.J. HUFFMAN has published twelve full-length poetry
collections, thirteen solo poetry chapbooks and one joint poetry chapbook
through various small presses. Her most recent releases, Degeneration(Pink Girl Ink),A Bizarre Burning of Bees(Transcendent Zero Press), andFamiliar Illusions(Flutter Press) are now available from
their respective publishers. She is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, a
two-time Best of Net nominee, and has published over 2500 poems in various
national and international journals, including Labletter, The James
Dickey Review, The Bookends Review, Bone Orchard, Corvus Review, EgoPHobia, and Kritya.
She is also the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press. www.kindofahurricanepress.com.
often: money lands like a firefly in my palm,
glitters off to someone else’s fairy tale.
is it trying to save
already it rains over long grass & rooftops,
picnic paper plates,
bodies of old raindrops rest?
even research statistics of loss
computer in pieces down the road.
All I can
do is run my hands
the penny jar looking for a dime,
floorboards of my car
telling myself it’s raining again,
always raining somewhere in the world.
ACE BOGGESS is the author of two books of poetry: The Prisoners (Brick Road, 2014)
and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled (Highwire, 2003). His
writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, RATTLE, River
Styx, and many other journals. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.
in the hill
I climb before the sun
To catch the golden rays
I wait, and wait staring
Unnoticed it came.
Riding over the mountain
Climbing toward the sky
From a faint light
Into a dazzling ball
The earth receive
wait, and wait—
The same place,
Nothing is growing here
Nothing is showing here
Except the view.
Force me to vocate
My words to give
A new life
The sun is rising
Of the seed.
HEM RAJ BASTOLA is currently working as a freelance local tour guide in and around Pokhara Valley, Nepal. He has worked as a Guest Service Agent at the Hotel Pokhara Grande, as a cave guide, inside the cave area for all tourists as well as office assistance in Guptshor Mahadev Cave, as a substitute representative for Sita Travels, as a freelance trekking guide for tourists to the surrounding Annapurna range and as a book salesman in Annapurna Stationary Center.
Hem also enjoys writing poetry, listening to music and collecting stamps.
headless mannequins wearing scant threads of fashions
built wide enough for ox-carts.
OLD IS TOO YOUNG TO SEE THIS WORD
radio reports reporting, television shows broadcasting
janitors with secret torture chambers
wonder how they can ask me
trusted neighbor caught trafficking child pornography
bringing weapons to school and I
heads arrested for raping boys, daycare providers hiding the dead
cannibal cults exposed by undercover agents exposing
driving accidents involving dozens of dead
when it’s safe to send him out the door, and to school
has taught writing classes at
the Loft Literary Center in Minnesota, since 2000. Her
published books include Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for
Dummies, Guitar All-in-One for Dummies, Piano All-in-One for Dummies, Walking
Twin Cities, Insider’s Guide to the Twin Cities, Nordeast Minneapolis: A
History, and The Book Of, while her poetry has
recently appeared in Oyez Review, SLAB, and Gargoyle. Hernewest poetry book, Ugly Girl,
just came out from Shoe Music Press.
The lone frog outside my window
Croaks its somniferous song into
My dreaming ears; its guttural
Voice unfastens pleasant memories
In the locked caches in my mind.
How I love to hear that old frog’s Jingle in the night as I coast
On soft clouds in my mind’s sky.
AND BALMY SPRING BREEZE
The breath of the renewing soul, Send your tender healing presence To cover my lonely heart’s gaping hole, And dear garden’s soft and loamy bed, Cover me with sweet aromas of roses Pink, yellow, white, and red; and Reaching to the sky above, so blue, Are the beautiful Blue Bells, and Iris so true: The geraniums maroon color is vivid, and bright, The hue of the Berry Punch is glowing just
I see soft clouds climbing over the mountains
afar, The foothills below, yellow as the afternoon
star, Sweet melodies of song birds in the Sycamore
trees, The soft buzzing hum of the tenacious honeybees, All give me a special calmness during this time,
and A newness begins in the pulse of a poet’s rhyme.
Dr. Piatt's poems have been nominated for Pushcart and Best of Webawards,
and his poems were published in The 100 Best Poems of 2015 &2014 Anthologies. He has published 2 poetry books “The
Silent Pond”(2012), and “Ancient
Rhythms,” (2014), and over 665 poems in over 90different magazine, anthologies, and poetry books. His third poetrybook is scheduled for release in January. His
books are available onAmazon, and Barnes
AERIAL MANEUVERS Two distended dragonflies Bound to one another Circumnavigate the sky. She soars with abdomen bent Like a beckoning finger; He soars, hot for her scent— Clutches at her throat and coils His tail about her tail. They writhe and they toil, Wheeling, coupling in mid-air: Veins of transparent wings Pulsating with despair!
LIGHT YEARS AWAY Who was that masked man? Must have been the Lone Ranger, Galloping through space At the speed of light or Mind— Maybe everyone or no one. He reached critical mass And the universe exploded: A spectacular sight. But there was a downside— The night sky lost one more star.
LEE EVANS lives in Bath, Maine and has never fallen from a
very great height.
MICHAEL LEE JOHNSON lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era: now known as the Illinois poet, from Itasca, IL. Today he is a poet, freelance writer, photographer who experiments with poetography (blending poetry with photography), and small business owner in Itasca, Illinois, who has been published in more than 875 small press magazines in 27 countries. He edits 10 poetry sites. Michael is the author of The Lost American: "From Exile to Freedom", several chapbooks of poetry, including "From Which Place the Morning Rises" and "Challenge of Night and Day", and "Chicago Poems". He also has over 74 poetry videos on YouTube.
The stately curve carved
by the westward steering sun
Clean clear as a
chalcographer’s chart canvas scroll
Has with the fleet
concurrence of the sky
Plotted each move,
sketched each movement illustrious
In these ultimate ulteriors
The stamping ground of
Beguiling as a climb
Then in the
comprehensive survey broad worldview,
Idyllic the seat on the
With all the
approbations of the starry skies
And close collecting
clouds for a crowd.
KAUL, author and poet, was first published at the age of ten and has been in
print since. As critic and columnist Saloni has enjoyed thirty seven years of
being published. Saloni Kaul's first volume, a fifty poem collection was
published in the USA in 2009. Subsequent volumes include Universal One and
Essentials All. Most recent Saloni Kaul poetic production has been published in
Poetry Quarterly, Eye On Life Magazine, Tipton Poetry Journal, The Horrorzine,
Poetry And Paint Anthology, Misty Mountain Review, Inwood Indiana and Mad
Swirl. Upcoming publication acceptances include Sentinel Quarterly and The
MONTAG is most recently the author of In This Place: Selected Poems
1982-2013. He is a contributing writer at Verse-Virtual. In
2015 he was the featured poet at Atticus Review (April)
and Contemporary American Voices (August) and at year's end
received Pushcart Prize nominations from Provo Canyon Reviewand Blue
Heron Review. Other poems will be found in a variety of small