Wendy Cobourne

Meltdown

I want to dissolve
like a stray ice cube
thawing on the counter,
unnoticed.

Wendy Cobourne is a journalist and college writing tutor whose poetry and short stories have appeared in several print and online literary journals, including One Sentence Poems.

James Owens

Far

He sees it is hard now
not to be scattered
among shadows,

and the memory of voices
that calls him back
also calls him away,

as broken as the air broken into snow
or weeping now and
hands heavy with broken

sunlight,
hands full of
shards.

James Owens has published three books of poems, most recently Mortalia (FutureCycle Press, 2015), and lives in a small town in northern Ontario.

 

 

Kirby Olson

Mirage

Oceans scatter over the desert.

Kirby Olson‘s poems have appeared in Partisan Review, First Things, Village Voice, and some other venues. He teaches philosophy at SUNY Delhi in the western Catskills.

 

 

John Hawkhead

Dementia ward—
the tip of his tongue
searching.

John Hawkhead is a writer and illustrator from the South West of England whose book Small Shadows is available from Alba publishing.

 

Robert Nisbet

Rural Hillside

There arrives, over an iron bridge,
the rush of a train, its lights
shuddering slightly, but surging with
the vehemence of brilliant things.

Robert Nisbet is a Welsh poet whose work appears in roughly equal measures in Britain and the USA.

 

J. R. Solonche

The Pine Two-by-Four

The pine two-by-four,
now newly sawn
exactly by the carpenter,
smells exactly like a newborn.

J. R. Solonche has been publishing in magazines since the ’70s and is the author of six poetry collections.

 

 

Alessandra Davy-Falconi

better left unsaid

I think people can love,
but it’s like pressing a flower
and missing the time when it breathed.

Alessandra Davy-Falconi is a dragon preparing to set herself free.