Norman Cristofoli

Koan

Each moment,
the same sun
rises on one soul,
sets on another.


Norman Cristofoli has published several chapbooks and CDs of poetry/prose and was the publisher of the Labour of Love literary magazine and his play “The Pub” was recently published with CanamBooks.


 

Fredric Koeppel

Rest

It’s a wonder how much dirt
comes out of a shallow grave,
making a bed softer than
many you slept in
when the last thing on your mind
was waking up again.


Fredric Koeppel lives in Memphis and had a poem in Right Hand Pointing once.


 

Claudia Serea

April

On a cloudy day,
the angel goes to the toolshed
where, neatly stacked, he keeps on shelves
surgical instruments,
wrenches, screwdrivers, hammers,
oil cans, gauze, rope,
glass bottles with acid,
crystals, formol, fragrances,
and jars with nails
and soaps,

picks the steel canister labeled “Life,”
and sprays the dirt in the front yard
green.


Claudia Serea’s poems have appeared in Field, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She has published five poetry collections, most recently Twoxism, a collaboration with photographer Maria Haro (8th House Publishing, 2018).


 

Claudia Serea

Summer in October

You know I was late for work
on the warmest day of the week

because I shaved,
showered,

and slipped into a summer dress
for the last time this year,

loving how it swooshed
and clung to my skin.


Claudia Serea’s poems have appeared in Field, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She has published five poetry collections, most recently Twoxism, a collaboration with photographer Maria Haro (8th House Publishing, 2018).


 

Claudia Serea

Against gravity

I dreamed there was no gravity,
only this ring

that pulls us together
with a force lighter than laughter,

an imponderable poem
we share with everyone:

titanium ore
in the belly of the earth,

the fire, breathing
3,000 degrees to melt the metal,

the shape of the mold
and the tools that engraved it,

this poem, the color of robin’s eggs,
the color of robin song,

of this day,
holding us together

against gravity
for the rest of our lives.


Claudia Serea’s poems have appeared in Field, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She has published five poetry collections, most recently Twoxism, a collaboration with photographer Maria Haro (8th House Publishing, 2018).


 

Diana Morley

Evacuation Level 3

Left the fire area holding inside
my friends,
my maple tree,
the new sink faucet and
my old griddle that still makes
great gingerbread pancakes.

 
 


Diana Morley published “Splashing” in 2020, foreshadowing Covid-19, but hopeful and on Sept. 8 escaped a wildfire in Oregon.


 

John Hawkhead

Across the foodbank door,
the broken thread
of a money spider.

  


John Hawkhead is a writer of short poems, stories and plays – his work has appeared in journals and periodicals all over the world. His book Small Shadows is from Alba Publishing.


 

John Hawkhead

Pockmarked all over the old pillbox bunker,
spraybursts of lichen.

  


John Hawkhead is a writer of short poems, stories and plays – his work has appeared in journals and periodicals all over the world. His book Small Shadows is from Alba Publishing.